LFW AW15

Between February 20th and 24th 2015 I took part to London Fashion Week, reporting from the catwalk for Idol magazine and handling social media for Glamour.it

Here a few of the fashion shows and presentations I took part to during these days.

 

CSM MA Show Backstage

CSM MA Show Backstage

Emilio De La Morena

Emilio De La Morena

Phoebe English

Phoebe English

Christopher Raeburn

Christopher Raeburn

Pringle of Scotland

Pringle of Scotland

Ashish

Ashish

Michael Van Der Ham

Michael Van Der Ham

H by Hakaan Yldirim

H by Hakaan Yldirim

Little Shilpa

Little Shilpa

Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

Gyoyuni Kimchoe

Gyoyuni Kimchoe

Julien MacDonald

Julien MacDonald

David Koma

David Koma

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1205

Felder Felder

Felder Felder

Jamie Wei Huang

Jamie Wei Huang

Ashley Isham

Ashley Isham

Jean Pierre Braganza

Jean Pierre Braganza

Hemyca

Hemyca

Kane’s AW15 Most Fashionable Hug

During LFW AW15 I took part to several shows and presentations reporting for Idol Magazine. Here’s one of my catwalk reports.

 

What an artist is Christopher Kane, and what a designer too, able to combine various elements altogether in one single, beautiful hug, just as he did for his AW15 collection.

Pop embroideries of male and female bodies reaching for each other at the opposite sides of the same garment suggested a sensual and slightly provocative attitude.
Total black velvet dresses enriched by touches of deep blue and bright reds, altogether with androgynous jackets and suits, brought a masculine element into the collection, carefully balanced by the silky rouges and the delicate flowery patterns of the dresses.

The buckles, a signature of the designer, were turned this time into refined constructive details, but also translated into precious jewels such as bracelets and chokers.
The creative nature of Kane allowed once again for a combination of various elements altogether, proving them to be perfectly coherent with each other and conveying an overall feeling of extreme elegance.

At the height of LFW, Christopher Kane announced the opening of his first London-based flagship store. Designed by Kane himself with the help of renewed minimalist designer John Pawson, the boutique is opening this month at 6-7 Mount Street in Mayfair.

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The article along with more images was published on Idol Magazine.

 

Ashish’s Punk Warrior Princess

During LFW AW15 I took part to several shows and presentations, reporting for Idol Magazine. Here’s one of my catwalk reports.

 

Imagine a pattern war where textures such as animal prints and patchwork get rough with camouflage and sequins came in to raise even more dust.

Ashish raised the bar for AW15 with his punk inspired princess, half warrior of the night, half boudoire-ready.
Signature patterns of the punk era, such as check, were mixed and mashed with a whole new range of options, spacing from camouflage to plain white and red embellished vests and shorts.

Denim was revisited and toughen up with studs to create experimental patterns and textures.
And if that was not eoungh, then there was the fur.
Patched together, pasted, scruffed, you name it, fur was brought to its very edge, pushed to its limit and again, just like everything else, reinvented.

Ashish delivered a chance to provoke society by forgetting everything that’s proper, daring to pair the un-pairable and empower in the toughest, most interesting way.

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The article along with more images was published on Idol Magazine.

The New Promises Of CSM

During LFW AW15 I had the chance to go backstage at the CSM MA show. Here’s a report of what happened behind the curtains of one of the most expected catwalks of the week.

 

It’s well known that the future, in fashion just as in any other field, lies in the hands of the youngest generations.

It’s also well known, tough, that true innovation is much easier to be spoken than done, and that’s why being in a room filled with young promises would probably make anybody feel both proud and a bit scared.
Proud and fear were definitely among the feelings animating the backstage of the Central Saint Martin MA fashion show, which took place on the first day of LFW AW15.

A great dose of talent about to be showcased on their very first catwalk and the imminent debut of their hard work didn’t prevent many of the students from feeling stressed, but also excited. The fact that two of them would have been crowned winners of the Loreal Professionnel Creative Award 2015 at the end of the show, then, didn’t certainly help their nerves.

We spoke to Matty Boven, textile genious and MA Textile Design graduate, before everyone got to know him as one of Loreal’s chosen darlings.
He told us that the inspiration for his design often comes from the way he puts together things, not only when there’s a mannqeuin or a model to dress, but every single day, dressing his own self.

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This proves the extremely personal element that every one of the students tends to insert into their work.
In fact, fashion design being a form of art, it allows them to express themselves entirely, even if it means revealing the deepest corners of their persona and make them walk down a runway for everyone to judge.
A few names who used to do the same arise, such as McQueen and Galliano, who despite their differences and controversies occupy a legitimate spot among the unforgettable ones of the fashion world.

Beth Postle, also Textile Design graduate and second winner of the Loreal Professionnel Creative Award, told us that her design is the simple resemblance of what she loves: the colours of the 90s and everything else which is fun and playful.

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Both Matty and Beth are bringing forward a great tradition of British design innovators, but in a multi-cultural capital like London, in the creative environment of Central Saint Martin, a few foreign promises were to be expected.
Among them two Chinese students caught our eyes particularly;

First up, Yushan Li, Textile Design graduate from Shenzhen who created a menswear collection inspired by Francis Uprtchard’s sculpture works: ‘Her work creates a very subtle, mysterious atmosphere and a cheerful yet instant feeling’, he told us, explaining how the artist inspired him to produce workwear, using hand craft textiles he himself created.

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Yushan’s collection is surprisingly wearable, but this is not always the case when dealing with some of the most creative brains in the country, up for the latest experimentation.The incredible textiles showcased by MA Womenswear graduate Xinyuan, for example, were inspired by the aesthetic of a cactus, translated it into the philosophical theme of survival with the aim of generating a reflection.

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‘I like to design things that could only happen in my dreams’ she told us, proving herself wrong as she actually made them all happen, beautifully.
She also confessed us that studying at Central Saint Martin was an incredible experience that allowed her to find her true self.

For some of us it’s a school which helps us discover who we really are, and if that happens to be one of the best fashion schools in the world, so be it.
For others it’s just a matter of courage: the courage to take a pencil and draw, letting their minds and hearts free and allowing themselves to produce something which nobody has ever seen before.
They say the future lies the hands of the youngest generations, and for fashion it’s looking like a pretty promising one.

 

The article along with more images was published on Idol Magazine.