Oxford Fashion Studio autumn/winter 2017 collection catwalk show for LFW
Situated in the Western Courtyard of Devonshire Square, Oxford Fashion Studio presented a wide array of designers who specialised in different areas. From traditional Welsh heritage materials by Clare Johns to the minimalist colour schemes and conservative style of PRiK. The most fun collection was that of Emiah Elliott who used playful elements of childhood like toy motifs and velvet fabrics.
150 Yards Ahead utilised sports silhouettes with panelling in black, khaki, white and navy and edging of white and orange which could be seen on jacket cuffs. Monochrome sport-style looks including long shirts paired with short structured jackets were paired with black skins and white trainers that featured a large black banding around them. An ode to basketball was seen in a piece inspired by a jerseys featuring the white and orange piping seen elsewhere in the collection. Abstract black patterning was also a visual highlight seen on white slouchy sweatshirt and shorts, and a long shirt dress paired with grey baggy shorts.
Following this and aligning to the setting of the catwalk – featuring trees and open space – LE Créations presented floral peplum-style shirts in eclectic colour mixes of fuchsia, neon green and turquoise – to contrast with jute bags. The upbeat, vibrant and fresh music proliferated the image and vibrancy of the brand itself and was further seen through the neon printing of locations in pink and black script on a nude bag with black handles and panelling or the pink and beige envelope clutch. Silk style material was used for shirts in classic peplum and off the shoulder styles which featured vivid brights and vibrant patterns – contrasting to the nude court heels and nude shoulder bag accompaniment. A solo male model featured cap, shirt and bag in jute colouring printed with the cocoa produce inspired script, emphasising jute’s use for sacking goods.
As the foil of this style, Martina Herak implemented classic neutral shades of black and grey, favouring fabric that allows the fluid movement of the feminine physique. Flared trouser, cinched waist skirts in metallic grey Giving a twist to a classic, a black dress featured draped detailing at the chest, with grey frilled trim framing the bottom and brushing against classic black heels. Ruffled fabric in the same colours featured on the chest of a sheer-panelled shirt and accompanied trousers with flared bottoms. The collection highlighted the Croatia-based designer’s favour of reimagining classics through dealing and flowing and details such as slits on the leg or arms.
Childhood toy motifs and a quirky I Shot the Sheriff soundtrack were tempered by eclectic designer Emiah Elliott. Nature-inspired prints including spiders and tigers were used for a skirt, accompanied by a white glittered long sleeve with a large “DREAM” necklace on chain. The accessory is reflective of the Barbie logo, and childhood toys were further explored in the playful presentation of ruffles and embellishments of chairs and buttons on a white mermaid style skirt that was paired with a top that had a nature print front and bejewelled back. A favourite amongst the audience seemed to be a rose printed dress that featured a large teddy bear motif, and really showcase the child like, playful nature of the brand.
Francesca Phipps’s collection was vibrant collating blues, orange, black and greys that contrasted with the nude court shoes worn. Featuring upbeat, club music the brand presented edgy looks with white caps, boyish oversized coats completed with navy banding and pants that were half white and half-printed pattern. The collection suggested a new urban twist on feminine classics such as a shirt and trouser combo by introducing patterns or elements such as block colour blue and orange chokers or neck features.
Clare Johns showcased her Welsh heritage through conservativte styles in a muted palette of greys, nudes, blush and white. The feminine pieces connote luxury and contemporary style with materials derived from the designer’s own farm animals. Pink-panelled pockets on a heritage wool coat, wool tucked detail on jacket cuffs and edging complimented delicate silk shirts. A pleated skirt in muted grey was paired with a silk style shirt with dainty design elements, whilst a brown leather belt was used to exaggerate the waist of a pencil skirt or shearling-style jacket.
Leonie Mergen also favoured classic style elements using structured black and white favourites like shirts and riding boots, but adding a small ornamentation like silver embellishments on the outer leg of suit pants. The neutral colour designs pieces were aided by burgundy features of a bodice or panelling. The feminine shape of garments were accessorised with small details like additional straps and collars of contrasting fabric – most noticeably seen on a white men’s shirt where the front panel was a burgundy print.
The finale was that of PRiK who favoured a similar colour palette showing conservative necklines and feminine shapes. Black wide-leg, palazzo-style trousers were featured alongside white lace tiered sleeves and sheer panelling. Glamour was introduced via a fur scarf which was draped over the shoulder. Textured lace coupled with fur elements – scarves, coats and hats – are meant to bring a luxe edge to the workwear style collection.
The Oxford Fashion Studio brought together extraordinary designers from around the world who showcased innovate designs catered to every taste or independent preference. With a dreamy style setting and accompanying thematic music, Oxford Fashion Studio exemplifies the best new designs of upcoming names.