Judy Wu catwalk show report S/S 2016 for LFWFashion WeekSS16
Women are strong. If this collection carries only one message, that would be it. Freemasons’ Hall set the perfect venue as historical portraits of men surrounded the catwalk, reminding us how far women have come.
The collection was eclectic, mixing strict lines and cuts with smooth patterns and materials. The clothes are meant to resound water, highlighting how fluid women are, and each piece fell off the female figure elegantly yet seductively.
Wu contrasts many patterns and prints in one piece, giving each item more substance. With waterfall prints mirrored against colour block pleats, the concoction works perfectly. The range explores many things that influenced Wu; from planetariums, outer space and her own inner universe, each part plays a role in making the collection a success.
Designs start with fluidity, colours merging into one another and rippling pleats resembling a waterfall, and lead on to chiffon and frayed organza. Wu contrasts a strictly cut top of a dress with the free flowing body, and pairs boxy jackets with flowing skirts underneath. She also adds a touch of sport luxe with jumpers tied around the waists of delicate dresses. The colours alternate between harsh blocking and blending together, often using the two techniques in one look.
In all of the pieces, Wu praises the female form, cherishing how clothes can enhance women; a boxy mesh top, with “femininity” embellished in large writing, maintained the smooth-coloured theme. However something that was common to each outfit was the styling of the models, with space-like chunky heels and seamless voluminous buns.
Overall, Wu has created an alluring collection, holding the perfect balance between femininity, sport luxe and the modern woman, which we are certain will be a big success.
Photos: Krish Nagari