London Fashion Week FW16: The Best Collections of LFW FW16.
From The HBIC On The Go, to Lucid Dreams on Fluffy Clouds. Here Are Our Favorite Collections From London Fashion Week Â FW2016.
A.F. Vandevorst FW/2016
We were able to get a second with designer An Vandevorst and husbandÂ Filip Arickx, the design duo behind the label A.F. Vandevorst, backstage to gather a bit more insight on the collection. “This Collection is for a woman who wants to profit from every moment of the day. She doesn’t have time to go home and change”, the duo shared. Â This was a bit different from the immediate reaction we felt from the collection itself,Â consisting of garments that were worn backwards, inside-out, or bunched up at the sides. The faces of some models were even completely consumed by fabric.
The denim fond on the skirts and trousers were backwards, back pockets in the front. shirts trailed behind models and fishnet was styled over the the shorts instead of underneath with shirts tucked into them, Â all while wearing platform knee boots with velvet contour. Â The woman of A.F. Vandevorst’s FW 2016 collection may not have time to go home and change, but these ensembles remind us of those early morning walks of shame.
A blast from the past highlightingÂ those angsty teenage summer evenings full of hallucinogens, welcome to Ashish Fall Winter 2016. Gupta Ashish presents to us a monochromatic masterpiece with the help of The Orb’s ambient house track “Little Fluffy Clouds” completing the ethereal vibe. Ashish’s inspiration behind the collection? A box of crayons, no less; and it made sense too.
Each look was the same shade from the Little Fluffy Clouds of hair, all the way down to the shoes. There were pale pinks, apricots, orange, purples, reds, yellows, spanning an electric spectrum of hues.Â ” I thought it would be lovely to have a girl in the same color from head to toe (like a crayon) with a touch of 80s luxury and 50 different types of fringe made of beads an other embellishments.” Gupta explained.
Gareth Pugh FW/2016
Held in the Freemasons Hall in Court Garden, Gareth Pugh debuted a collection with a theme of Female Authority; Women claiming authority in a Man’s World. Not to make any political suggestions, but with the star-spangled ensembles, and victory curls, it may be no coincidence,Â Â that Pugh supports Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.
The show opened with famous Ballerina Marie- Agnes Gillot of the Paris Opera Ballet, just seconds after the voice on the soundtrack announced “I’m A Man-eating machine” hence the Hannible Lecter face masks. Pugh’s collection was without a doubt meticulously designed for a woman in power. High-waisted pencil wrap skirts, flared trousers, capes, and suits cinched at theÂ waist took center stage as the designer played with references to classic men’s suit tailoring
If Clinton does claim victory in this year’s election, we’re betting onÂ Pugh’s head to toe royal blue star spangled pant suit ensemble forÂ her inauguration.
This season Louise Trotter of Joseph borrowed from the ground fundamentals of anti-fashion: undo, redo. As a result, hounds-tooth was disembodied; coats were turned inside-out and held together with hook-and-eye corsetry; ripped pockets from leather shirts were sewn onto tops and coats; and pinned jewelry in patent leather attached to garments.
Trotter explained backstage that “it was all about personalization” Maybe the patchwork from old jumpers on the wide-skirted overcoats, the kind you borrow from your mother’s wardrobe when you’re a child, or the “Frankenstein-esque” sleeves on coats made from two to three different types of fabrics, made it personal. Nonetheless, Trotter made it known that fashion shows aren’t to always showcase prim and proper garments. Sometimes, you gotta unleash your inner child to revisit the very foundations of what it means to be a fashion designer.
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