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 edgy streetwear
London has taught me fashion like no other mentor can. This city has a unique vibe that can be felt on its streets. This is the place one can experiment with their own style in so many ways and won’t be judged by others for doing so. London’s special experimental scene attracts creatives, designers and fashion lovers to express themselves and shape a completely new style for the brave in Spring Summer 2018 – the edgy streetwear.
A show that come alive in front of an eleven-base-bin-high speaker stack talks vibrantly to the young generations walking our streets. Versace said she’d had the collection ripped up and grafted together so that tight dresses in black sateen featured inbuilt jersey vests and topcoats were frayed and semi-detached at the shoulder. Featuring check prints, bucket hats, tight shirts, mesh blouses, collars and tiny bikinis with the Versus logo, it’s a collection for those that take it cool no matter what and no matter where.
House of Holland
Henry Holland designs with a London girl aesthetic in mind and is continually inspired by the variety of attitudes, cultures and mindsets that exist throughout the UK capital. The House Of Holland girl is cool, confident and savvy and wears labels without letting them wear her.
Starting out with a studio in Hackney Wick – the same area where my formal home of 6 years is, it’s needless to say Mary Katrantzou is among my favourite designer names when it comes to London’s edgy streetwear creators.
Katrantzou was dubbed “The Queen of Print” by press, a moniker that recognised the enormous influence of her work in the medium. Katrantzou’s work changed the face of twenty-first century fashion, inspiring high fashion and high street designers alike. Refining her signature aesthetic, Katrantzou expanded the complexity of her textile beyond print, translating her visuals to knit, digital craftsmanship, lace, and a focus on form.
The designer SS18 collection features 3D fabrics, nylons, embellishments in pastels tones and surprising silhouettes.
And last but not least is Topshop SS18 collection – probably the brand’s first fully consumer-facing effort. Inspired by Soho’s heady ’90s nightlife scene that once captured the imagination of creative young people, the show brought that party mood.
“These days party girls like to style their marabou slippers with something a little more sporty—call it glamleisure, if you will. To that end, there were satin zip-up pullovers trimmed with pearls and sparkling embellishments and silky hot pants that might pass for fancy gym shorts in some glamorous parallel universe (who really wears workout clothes to work out anyway?). Those disco-ready athletic touches are likely to jibe with Topshop’s new generation of It girls…”
Chioma Nnadi. Vogue fashion director
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