Julien Macdonald spring/summer 2018 collection catwalk show for LFW
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.
Photos: Kimberley Archer