(Images from Vogue Runway, L-R: Ports 1961, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Temperley London, Ralph & Russo, Emporio Armani)
PORTS 1961: If your after a clean cut, no-fuss wardrobe that will work its way into your everyday life, look no further. The muted tones and master fabrics of the Ports 1961 SS18 show make it a collection that working women will adore, and one that they can incorporate into their current wardrobe.
PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI: Feminine and compelling, the pastel and earthy tones of Preens pleated and ruffle adorned dresses were inspired. Embrace your girly side and enjoy wearing a full head-to-toe monochrome pink look, tights and booties too.
TEMPERLEY LONDON: Testing out new waters, Temperley was keen to test the appetite of her loyal following and mix things up a bit. Modernising her usual dressy looks, the prints were more conceptual and graphic. With an unapologetic sensuality, more nontraditional tomboyish shapes and styles were explored. The standout look in this show for me was the navy striped dress and blazer paired with bold red accessories – bitter sweet.
RALPH & RUSSO: A new generation of luxury, this people-pleaser of a show was beautifully made for everyone who can afford it. With their rapidly expanding retail plans, Ralph & Russo’s inaugural ready-to-wear collection featured look-at-me denim and daywear friendly parkas in flattering hues (my favourite piece). This was a far more wearable and versatile showing which is not Ralph & Russo’s typical house style, but it still gave a gentle nod to luxury luxury luxury.
EMPORIO ARMANI: Italian style was served up in my home of London this SS18 fashion week, courtesy of Mr Armani. A spirited offering in a palette of gelato inspired colours, the ruffled sheer blouses and floaty palazzo pants were counterbalanced by mesh trainers and sweatshirts. The sportswear aesthetic mix appealed to the Londoner in me, and the more commercially savvy Emporio Armani fitted right in to the LFW schedule.
(Images from Vogue Runway, L-R: Joseph, Toga, Ashish, Palmer Harding, Tommy Hilfiger)
JOSEPH: What I adore about Joseph is that they create fashion that everyone can wear, and clothes that you’ll actually want to wear in real life. The show had a very consistent uniformed theme with trim suits, 21st century blazers with the back slashed open, and crinkled fabric shirt dresses. My favourite piece from the entire collection was a sheer red preppy style dress which just glided off of the body, a perfect way to keep cool come summer.
TOGA: Set in a magnificent Gothic church, classic sartorial tailoring was the star of a delightful and well-made captivating collection. A new spin on a white shirt, they had purposely skewed necklines which were unique yet brilliant. Coupled with a navy jumper tied loosely around the shoulders and matching high-waisted wide-legged trousers, my favourite look (pictured above) definitely means business.
ASHISH: A start studded collection, Ashish Gupta who’s famous for sparkles and sequins left us mesmerised by his witchy creations and encouraging message for the future. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars” was the hopeful Martin Luther King Jr. quote at the heart of Ashish’s SS18 collection, and he delivered upon this message. Shimmering lace dresses, rhinestone-encrusted jeans (my favourite piece) and bedazzled tracksuits would make the most dedicated of magpies happy, myself included. It was a darker showing from Ashish, but one I’m sure will captivate his devoted following.
PALMER HARDING: Taking inspiration from menswear and transferring it to womens, Palmer Harding have shown their ability for creative remodelling with a collection full of the fresh and new whilst still remaining on well-known ground. Copper buttons and metal trims flatter the navy and burnt orange hues of the chic shirt and trouser combos, the dynamic shapes flattering for all.
TOMMY HILFIGER: What better way to end LFW than with the ideal Tommy Hilfiger girl Gigi Hadid’s third collaboration with the brand. For SS18 this blossoming partnership was inspired by both the brand and the supermodels love of music, entertainment, and the forever changing culture of today. This was the first time both mens and womens has been shown together by Tommy Hilfiger since the 90’s, and what better way to bring together worldwide fans in a genuine and joyful way.
Stay tuned for my Milan Fashion Week SS18 post!