LFW Day 1: Ones to Watch Catwalk
This made me do a little dance, when the invite arrived, as it was so amazing last February that it’s the one catwalk I was extra excited about! Waiting to be let in, you could sense a buzz and as we finally got led to our places, it dawns on me that we’ve got a front-row, yay, how much better could it get?
The show started with ‘Lilee’ who’s colour palette of white, grey and navy blue conjured a sense of purity with a nautical feel. This was my personal favourite; clean lines, swishy materials and muted colours makes for one sophisticated lady and I’d be happy to wear any piece of this collection.
Charlotte Taylor’s was a brilliant follow up. Vintage robots, sail making, copper and rust provided the catalysts for this collection. It is colourful, quirky and fun and feels like sunny summer and that you’d be ready to play.
A.Hallucination’s menswear collection is also one to remember and I loved what I saw walking down the catwalk. It’s the first stand-alone show and the collection is dedicated to a man who values quality and smart dressing as an important aspect of his lifestyle. If only more men would, as the collection is wicked, the suits are sharp, the shorts are sexy and I only wished men would have the guts to wear this in the office more often! Bags, shoes and belts were designed by RCA graduate Jarah Stoop and what a good choice – from top-to-toe thought through into a brilliantly wearable collection.
Last but not least, Georgina Hardinge closed the show with her collection that entitled ‘La Belle et la Bete’ (the beauty and the beast) – more belle than bete!! The collection strutting down was versatile as cuts, fabrics and colours have been inspired from the surrealism and mystique of her muse, ‘Jean Cocteau’, combing ideas from French Baroque and romanticism through to early punk.
And if you want to find out a bit more about the actual winners, there are biographies & videos on www.vauxhallfashionscout.com/otw_winners.html