London Fashion Week – The Upcoming http://www.theupcoming.co.uk Culture, trends, fashion from London and beyond | The Upcoming Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:46:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Tommy Hilfiger spring/summer 2018 collection catwalk show | LFW http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/09/19/tommy-hilfiger-springsummer-2018-collection-catwalk-show-lfw/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:30:00 +0000 http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/?p=312054 For his debut at London Fashion Week, Tommy Hilfiger presented a grungier take on his traditional American pieces. Entitled Tommy Hilfiger’s Rock Circus, the garments for this third collaboration with supermodel Gigi Hadid channelled rock ‘n’ roll vibes amongst catwalk theatrics such as a circus aerial show to finish, whilst at the iconic music venue the Roundhouse. A star-studded audience were in attendance, including the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Brazilian footballer Neymar, Daisy Lowe, Poppy Delevingne, Jasmine Sanders, Yasmin le Bon and also Korean singer Park Chanyeol, who sent the Korean and Chinese fans outside the venue into a frenzy.

Design elements included denim hotpants, thigh-high socks, large coats and boots. Gigi frontlined the show wearing a punk-inspired plaid coat, complete with decorative broach, a high-neck black crop top, belted denim shorts, thigh-high socks and boots. Despite the obvious grungier inspiration, the all-American brand still favoured the colour palette of blue, white and red – although this was counteracted by the use of black and khaki.

Gigi also ended the show, where the Chainsmokers later performed, with a floral-check floor-dusting shirt dress, left haphazardly unbuttoned, draping over a combination of a black-studded crop top, belted black leather shorts, thigh-high socks (featuring a band of the Hilfiger colour way) and was rounded off with a pair of black studded ankle boots, providing a London streetwear edginess. The Chainsmokers’ exclusive performance was to symbolise the launch of their global ambassadorship for the Tommy Hilfiger menswear collection.

The models themselves included a number of well-known faces such as Lucky Blue Smith, Hayley Baldwin, Jourdan Dunn, Lara Stone, Devon Windsor and Sara Sampaio – but it was Gigi’s siblings Bella and Anwar Hadid who followed the headliner onto the runway, with the audience desperate to catch a photo of the family reunion. Bella wore an oversized black hoodie featuring a sequinned eye decal, paired with knee-high socks before later impressing in a floral and mesh long-sleeved dress, paired with an alternative padlock chain necklace.

Anwar, completing the sibling trio, headlined the menswear pieces in a fur trimmed jacket, polo neck (in the Hilfiger colours with added brown) and chained detail trousers.

The rebellious 90s-inspired pieces including denim jeans, oversized hoodies, fingerless gloves channeled a grunge vibe, further invoked through the heavy cat eye make-up and middle parted hair. Hats and T-shirts were also featured, most noticeably a Gigi Hadid-emblazoned cropped top which was paired with a matching hat, khaki coat and black legging with mesh cut outs. The Hilfiger stripe and colours were evident in the form of plaid mini skirts, glittered T-shirt designs, jumpers, and coats for both men and women, and instilled the British music scene inspiration behind the designs.

The effortless cool styles are available as part of a “see now buy now” scheme, and is available online following the runway show. The high-profile event and circus-themed antics solidified a memorable end to London Fashion Week’s five-day run, and Tommy x Gigi has further exemplified itself as a collaborative stroke of genius. The introduction of the menswear to the Tommy Girl line, alongside the modern circus aerial performances by NoFit State, and of course the star-studded runway meant that fashion week truly went out with a (blue, white and red-themed) bang.

Chloe Davies
Photos: Kimberley Archer
Video: Filippo L’Astorina

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Tata Naka spring/summer 2018 collection presentation | LFW http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/09/19/tata-naka-springsummer-2018-collection-presentation-lfw/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/?p=312014 With previous lines described as exciting, directional and avant-garde, the collection this season, created by twin sisters Tamara and Natasha, uses colours that explore summer with notes of blossom, saffron and pearl being transpired through the range. Inspired by 40s and 50s femininity, the line features a colour palette of purples, cream and pink with other pops of colour in the form of hair pieces (in yellow and orange) as well as large decorative metallic earrings and gold buckle belts for one line, whilst another centralises on subtle tailored pieces, many with white panelling in a colour palette of mint green, lemon and pale pink denoting ice cream or sweets as the inspiration.

Many of their statement pieces appeared in hit TV show “Sex and the City” and with designs like a vintage inspired floral dress and matching suit jacket, a ruffle shoulder maxi dress, as well as a tied shirt and matching short combination, you can see why fashionista Carrie Bradshaw was a fan. Dark lipsticks yet minimalistic make-up channels the nostalgic appearance of summer separates, popover dresses, vintage-style jumpsuits and skirted shorts. The looks, finished with flat strapped sandals, wouldn’t appear out of place on an American boardwalk, an idea further exemplified by the music floating around the gallery space.

The lines also take inspiration from Claire McCardell’s “American Sportswear”, which later went on to revolutionise women’s fashion in America. McCardell’s inspiration on chic cruise-wear of the 40s ans 50s is translated and explored by Tata Naka in a seasonally appropriate colour palette, shapes and structured pieces. Cruise-wear inspiration is visible as structured pink jumpsuits, white button front dresses, and yellow tops and green maxi skirts contrasted with the striped and sashed pieces that featured alongside them. Further more a wide- legged jumpsuit paired with gold woven strapped sandals, strong cheek highlight and pink purple hair accessories was complimented by differing floral patterned maxi dresses, belted shorts and strapless top separates, and a ruffle top with cut out shoulders and co-ordinating skirt combination.

The collection utilises the fun and quirky elements of fashion design and composition, with models posing amongst gold gilded rustic frames that helped enhance the richness of colours and draw attention to the features of lemongrass, sage and aubergine within the floral pieces, and made the colours brighter and bolder for the cruisewear inspired pieces. Models changed from one themed ensemble to the next, showing the integration of different designs and patterns, and how the separates can compliment one another. The line also shows inspiration from prevalent photographers during the 40s and 50s, namely Frances McLaughlin – the first female photographer under contract with Vogue – and also Louise Dahl-Wolfe, renowned for her time with Harper’s Bazaar. The artwork theme transcended not only through the collection, but also due to the location of the National Portrait Gallery.

Tata Naka’s collages of vintage floral designs as well as striped elements and tailored pieces exemplify and enhance the appearance of the lightweight silks and natural cottons they are placed upon. The twins capitalise on the “florals for spring and summer” trend and have explored this through a number of pieces, colourings and styles that will appeal to their audience. The themes of femininity from the 40s and 50s has been given a modern and stylist interpretation with basic white pieces such as a blazer have been incorporated with summery pops of colour or being used as the base note for the floral design.

Chloe Davies
Photos: Kimberley Archer

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A.W.A.K.E spring/summer 2018 collection catwalk show | LFW http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/09/19/a-w-a-k-e-springsummer-2018-collection-catwalk-show-lfw/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/?p=312171 A.W.A.K.E presented their new 2018 collection at the BFC Show Space for London Fashion Week. Here are our images from the show.

Photos: Kimberley Archer

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Sharon Wauchob spring/summer 2018 collection catwalk show | LFW http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/09/19/sharon-wauchob-springsummer-2018-collection-catwalk-show-lfw/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/?p=312000 Sharon Wauchob has a tomboyish femininity to her designs – whimsy and often slouchy yet elegant. The Irish designer’s new collection echoed her very contemporary modus operandi and was an engaging narrative of her love affair with unique fabrics, folds and textures.

Sharon once again showed at a resplendent church setting like the past two seasons. Breezing through the circular runway were loosely structured overcoats and softly sculpted sling dresses with feathers accents. The relaxed silhouettes were like the miracle sleepy lotion, almost immediately exuding a sense no-fuss comfort that is needed to beat the blistering summer heat.

There were glimpses of embroidery here and there but the focus remained on the fabric’s flirtatious abilities. From silky satins to glistening metallic foil, this was soaraway smashing case for why less is more.

Though dresses were many in number – a pleated black sling one with chain straps worth the rave – the particular emphasis on trousers was easily visible. Ruffled hems, animal prints and overall pleats, there was enough detail peaking from underneath to grab one’s attention.

It was not a breakthrough on her part but Sharon certainly hit the right notes in terms of the bohemian sophistication that currently prevails over the world of fashion.

Nida Hasan
Photos: Erol Birsen

 

 

 

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Minki spring/summer 2018 collection presentation | LFW http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/09/19/minki-springsummer-2018-collection-presentation-lfw/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/?p=312294 Minki presented their new 2018 collection at Somerset House for London Fashion Week. Here are our images from the show.

Photos: Huw Jenkins

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Faustine Steinmetz spring/summer 2018 collection catwalk show | LFW http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/09/19/faustine-steinmetz-springsummer-2018-collection-catwalk-show-lfw/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000 http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/?p=311707 Parisian designer Faustine Steinmetz has reimagined wardrobe universal items, such as the trench coat, jeans and sweatpants for her SS18 line. She’s reproduced these classic items using different finishes and fabrications and crafted all the pieces according to her belief of craftsmanship over trend – whereby normal staple pieces can be reimagined and go beyond their usual textile components and traditional recognisable form.

The artisan pieces most significantly shredded knitted tops, show Steinmetz’s weaving skills which originate from her purchase of a loom and the use of YouTube tutorials to help her learn the techniques needed. As the most commercial of her lines so far, Faustine has shed the conceptual sets from her previous seasons instead allowing the focus to be on the comprehensive capsule wardrobe inspired pieces.

Her modern re-imagination of an item we all have, denim jeans, comes in the form of an almost lace like appearance, but is actually crafted from fibres from numerous pairs of jeans which have been reworked and printed upon, meaning the piece itself is made from past forms. This was particularly effective for an almost grey-wash denim jacket and jean combination, where the almost translucent form allowed the exposing of skin, connoting the ripped jean trend that’s prevalent on the high street today.

Her work of taking already existing pieces and remaking them acts as a more sophisticated method of “up-cycling”. The line entitled “facsimile” meaning exact copy, showed the classic form of items like a Burberry beige trench before showing deconstructed imaginings complete with artist palette inspired layered paint versions, large tears and even shredded copies. Shreds, large rips and layered paint denim inspired pieces contrasting with sport inspired name panelling on lace like cream trousers and collared casual jackets.

Negligee inspired dresses, as well as new forms of the white shirt, jeans and heels ensemble completed the line from the Central Saint Martin’s graduate, providing inspiration for the fashion crowds on new ways of wearing key pieces we find in our own wardrobes, turning them from humble and favoured, to fashion forward.

Chloe Davies
Photos: Kimberley Archer

 

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Emilio de la Morena spring/summer 2018 collection catwalk show | LFW http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/09/19/emilio-de-la-morena-springsummer-2018-collection-catwalk-show-lfw/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000 http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/?p=311920 Emilio de la Morena presented their new 2018 collection at the BFC Show Space for London Fashion Week. Here are our images from the show.

Photos: Erol Birsen

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Julien Macdonald spring/summer 2018 collection catwalk show | LFW http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/09/18/julien-macdonald-springsummer-2018-collection-catwalk-show-lfw/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/?p=311631 The stars were out in full force for Julien Macdonald’s spring/summer 2018 catwalk, as attendees included Tom Daley, Amanda Holden and Rachel Stevens.

No 1 Invicta Plaza seemed to be a perfect setting for the Welsh designer, who is admired for his risqué eveningwear and glamorous aesthetic. Colourful laser beams and a pulsating soundtrack accompanied models as they marched down the runway in a series of signature bodycon ensembles, often featuring cut-out detailing and sparkling embellishment, ensuring onlookers were in the party spirit.

Following the theme of escapism, the collection comprised skin-baring jumpsuits and dresses of varying lengths, often sporting embellishment in the form of ornamental fringing, bugle beads, embroidered lace and crystal mesh. There was a sense of hardness and softness as these figure-hugging silhouettes were contrasted with flowing numbers; both revealing plenty of flesh. Laddered spider knits were also back for spring/summer, with the addition of metallic flecks, while male models wore utilitarian trousers and studded hooded tops.

Primary-coloured botanical prints, inspired by the flora of the Amazon rainforest, stood out against a predominantly black, burnished gold and pewter palette, which shone brilliantly under the spotlight.

The show closed with an explosion of confetti as the designer appeared hand-in-hand with Winnie Harlow to meet rapturous applause.

Rebekah Absalom
Photos: Kimberley Archer

 

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Ashish spring/summer 2018 collection catwalk show | LFW http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/09/18/ashish-springsummer-2018-collection-catwalk-show-lfw/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:00:00 +0000 http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/?p=311706 Ashish presented their new 2018 collection at the BFC Show Space for London Fashion Week. Here are our images from the show.

Photos: Simon Deiner

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Hill and Friends spring/summer 2018 collection presentation | LFW http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/09/18/hill-and-friends-springsummer-2018-collection-presentation-lfw/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/?p=311695 Hill and Friends presented their new 2018 collection for London Fashion Week. Here are our images from the show.

Photos: Erol Birsen 

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