Apu Jan catwalk show report A/W 2014 for LFWLondon Fashion Week AW14
It was his graduation collection that received a lot of media coverage not only in the UK but in Europe and Asia too. His strong point seems to be in the knitting area where he combines womenswear with it to construct beautiful pieces. The inspiration and story behind his designs tends to merge history and fantasy together with the real and surreal.
His designs combine the traditional oriental feel with a modern twist which was seen at the catwalk today. The oriental prints which were seen where incorporated in modern garments which had a symmetrical and sleek feel to them. The use of sleek straight cuts was very obvious in the garments presented at the show today. As mentioned above, he is known for knitted pieces which were part of his collection this season, used not only in the garments but headwear too. He accessorised a lot of his pieces with unusually shaped hats that were made out of slouchy fabrics and knits rather than your standard hat, which gave the collection a more slouchy yet still classical mood.
We also noticed a lot of deep cuts in his collection, cropped garments and low-cut pieces were very big at his catwalk show. The colour palette was kept pretty muted with black , greys and silvers giving the collection a real classical and balanced feel.
Apu Jan has the tendency to manipulate his knitting techniques which create beautiful yet still fitted and aesthetically pleasing garments. However, it is fair to say his garments are daring to the point where they are still wearable and suitable.
Photos: Marc Aitken