The last designer in my LFW shows series of posts is Ekaterina Kukhareva, a Ukrainian born designer based in London. Ekaterina graduated from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. Uniquely (for summer especially), she specialises in knitwear -macramé, crochet and knitting all feature in her collections. I get the sense that the Ekaterina woman is strong and playful.
Her SS13 collection was full of bright colours, think blue or apple green clashed with pinks and lots of starry prints, and beautiful decorative eyewear.
Vauxhall Fashion Scout select their favourite up and coming designers to exhibit and talk through their collection.
One such designer is Steven Tai who graduated from Central Saint Martins last year and has already interned with Stella McCartney and Viktor & Rolf. Earlier this year he also won the inaugural Chloé design prize at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography.
A self-proclaimed nerd, his collection was inspired by book-binding techniques, with layered “page” like cottons and silks adorning his shirts and trousers. His pieces push the creative boundaries of fashion but are surprisingly wearable. I love the contrasting colours of white, pale grey and pale yellow with the cobalt blue, and the quilting in his fabrics.
Checkout the rest of his beautiful collection shown earlier this year in Berlin Mercedes Fashion Week.
The second designer (another Turkish designer) to be presented by House of Evolution was designer, Gül Agiş who showed under her label Lug Von Siga.
Her collection, aptly named ‘A Stranger Under the Dome of the Grand Bazaar’, was inspired by the passages of the Grand Bazaar through the eyes of a stranger. Beautiful painting like prints mixed with leather for that extra bit of punch. The colour palette started with the staple monochrome colours with splashes of orange, burgundy and navy… and then finished off with London Fashion Week favourite, of graphical prints. This collection was very edgy with clean cuts, and the makeup and hair complemented beautifully.
I loved the detailing in the skirt, with the pleated underskirt peeping out in the split.
I’m so sorry its taken me so long to post the Day 3 photos of London Fashion Week… technical hiccups with the photos and also my corporate job has been FULL on since Fashion Week started (of course! law of Murphy is it?).
But, I definitely will continue my pics from the shows and also from the exhibition at Somerset House!
I really enjoyed the collection by DB BERDAN, an unusual duo of mother and daughter from Istanbul, who were inspired by the Golden Era of the 20th Century. Deniz Berdan, the mum, originally worked as a fashion editor and Begum, the daughter, studied costume for performance at the London College of Fashion. The collection was very girly and playful with gorgeous mixes of prints that is “so hot right now”.
Cutesy soft pastels combined with just enough stripe black to not make the collection too doll like. The oversized satchels in glittery metallic and light greens and pinks are definitely an easy to wear accessory!
(notice my graphic designer skills… hahaha…will remember to me more careful with photos next time!)
One highly anticipated fashion show for the 2nd day of London fashion week at Vauxhall Fashion Scout was Spijkers en Spijkers, the Dutch twin sisters duo Truus and Reit Spijkers.
The sisters graduated back in 1994 from the School of the Arts Arnhem (now ArtEZ called) Department fashion design and then in 2000 completed their master’s program at the Fashion Institute Arnhem.
They launched their label in 2000, and have shown in Paris , London and Milan.
The SS13 show, entitled ‘La Femme Paysage’, started with mainly blockly colours and geometrical prints with crisp lines and then progressed to 20s influenced simple dresses with lace detailing. My favourite pieces has to be the beautiful free flowing prints of Luisa Casati, that made the models look like walking works of art.
I also loved the hair and make-up, clean and simple with the focus on the eyes. Ja heel mooi (“very very pretty” in Dutch).
Tahir Sultan is an amazing designer, a Central Saint Martins graduate, who prior to launching his own label worked for none other than John Galliano.
His SS13 collection has a incredibly strong mix of cut, form and style made of the most beautiful fabrics. The colour palette started off very simple and then he spiced it up with a splash of flashy colours. Tahir is half Kuwaiti and half Indian, and you could see the beautiful influences from his background infused into his designs with the bold colours and detailing.
I get the feeling that the Tahir Sultan woman is uber glamourous, sexy but in a classic non-flashy way and confident in her own style.
I really love the billowy trousers, beaded and studded jumpers and statement necklaces.
Ones to Watch are known for selecting the next “IT” designers to showcase their collection at LFW at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout. One of the four designers selected was Hellen Van Rees, a graduate of Central Saint Martins . Hellen combines recycled materials with an innovative approach to fabric manipulation.
This collection, similarly to her AW 12 collection, was inspired by the tweed fabrics used by Chanel and plastic-like fabric, a straight silhouette of 1920’s flapper girls and 3-dimensional artworks by Anish Kapoor and Rachel Whitebread.