London Fashion Week is a very special event for me. Not only it’s a great place to discover new collections and trends twice a year, but to also get inspiration that goes beyond fashion. I truly believe that we, women, have the ability to wear more than one hats on a daily basis. With the designers I meet at the fashion week of London, the stories they share with the press and the creativity they put into the clothes, they empower so many of us to express ourselves through what we wear and to pursue our own personal goals…
The city chic
They are many different styles and collections one can observe during LFW. There is something for every one of us and there is something for any occasion. The city chic edit is inspired by the woman who lives in the big city; the one that chases her dreams and reaches her milestones; she falls and stands up again; she can run, but she knows when to slow down. She dresses according to the situation. She’s not scared to be feminine yet strong, to be romantic or playful, to be discrete or daring.
Here are my top pics from the collections of designers that have that woman in mind. They truly make me excited for SS18 season.
As an authentic British Sicilian, the designer blends traditional Savile Row tailoring with the more colourful, offbeat and freewheeling clothing of Sicily.
Antonio Berardi was influenced by his mother, whose impeccable ladylike style was a perfect reflection of her personal philosophy: that a woman’s clothes should reflect her femininity, propriety and sense of quality. Galliano was also a profound influence and inspired mentor, demonstrating the value of intensity and being true to one’s personal vision without compromise.
Berardi has an artist’s appreciation of the female form; his clothes enhance natural curves. Clothing that appears simple on the hanger becomes rhythmically alive on the body. Berardi also has a natural feel for materials and instinctively grasps how new fabrics can be used to maximum effect, creating original shapes that extend the vocabulary of body language.
Emilio de la Morena
For his read on the city chic lady Spanish born designer Emilio de la Morena combines traditional artisan embroidery techniques of his native Spain with complex structural shapes which hug and flow around the body like moving sculptures, adorned with ornate embellishments and full ruffles.
Fluid, organic shapes are skilfully juxtaposed with strong, definitive silhouettes, thus creating a unique kind of harmony between hard and soft.
London based designer David Koma is known for his ultra body contouring designs. Using refined and relaxed silhouettes with dramatic ruffles, he creates sculptural statement dresses inspired by the feminine form.
After showing his first collection at the age of 15 in St Petersburg, Koma moves to London. In Central St Martins College of Art and Design, he channels his love of fashion and gains the design skills necessary to create his signature look.
After studying fine art at Goldsmiths and Central Saint Martins the British designer Alice Archer moves to Antwerp to work as an embroidery designer for Dries van Noten.
Her ready-to-wear Spring Summer 2018 collection embodies today’s modern city chic look for the romantics. Using specialist techniques Archer creates a unique combination of embroidery and print through the use of hand, digital and Irish machine embroidery. Her pieces are made in Como, Italy using only materials and manufacturers of exceptional quality. Archer has a growing reputation as one of London’s most exciting and talented designers, worn by the likes of P Diddy, Suzy Menkes, Mrs B, Susie Lau and Pandora Sykes.
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