Day 2 of London Fashion Week AW16 sees designers venture into deep feminine frontiers, retro roots, and the slightly bizarre
Simone Rocha has an eye for the feminine and beautiful, a penchant that is coupled with her postpartum experience (Rocha became a first-time mother three months ago) to create a collection that is dark and dreamy at once. Monochromatic hues of nude, white and black are joined by bold shades of red, pink and sweet lilac. Looks of Victorian luxe came down the runway in the forms of floaty transparent dresses with crystal embellishments and shimmery tweed ensembles.
Simone Rocha AW16
Inspired by the work of photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, Emilia Wickstead’s presentation was had a touch of retro charm to it whilst remaining modern and chic. The collection was characteristically dominated by ankle-length numbers, with a play on silhouettes and structure. Dramatic, billowy dresses coloured in graphic aesthetics provided pops of visual amongst those of solid hues.
Emilia Wickstead AW16
Bold, quirky and decorative; all the things you would expect from J. W. Anderson was present in his AW16 collection, and we sure aren’t complaining. Built upon the notion of “modern cocktail wear”, creations of all shapes took to the runway—miniskirts with wired ruffles resembled clouds, sporty satin track tops, as well as were tops of neoprene and tiered constructions with semi-transparent sleeves.
J.W. ANDERSON AW16
When you take apart the layers in this fantastically complex collection by London wunderkind J.W. Anderson, you’re left with some seriously covetable pieces. In this case, a shirt dress with a racing edge, that’s a little bit Judy Jetson and a little bit mod. Not to mention, the studded pants underneath, that inspire us to brave straight-legged white leather
Call us patriotic, but something about this look harkens back to the days when politicians really knew how to dress. Perhaps Gareth Pugh feels the same, as this look is so far removed from his usual fare, we were nearly more shocked by this than the fact that some of his models were wearing Hannibal masks.
How cool is this girl? Just one look at her and it’s pretty clear: She’s winning at life.
Can we declare Holly Fulton the winner of “Most Innovative Use of Shearling?” It’s hard to tell in this picture, but the softly constructed folds around the collar made incredibly light work of one of the toughest fabrics. In a season where we’ve seen countless sheepskin coats already, Fulton’s were a novel twist, and breath of fresh air.