Who else is excited about Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA 2018) starting next week?! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I was able to take my gorgeous then 6-month old mini-me to his first fashion week at … Continue reading
It’s been many months since I’ve posted on Jadorais. Moving houses, a fabulous trip to Brazil & coming back to Sydney to interior renovate & decorate my home has kept me busy in the last few months. Lucky me, yesterday I … Continue reading
Hwan Heo is a London-based Korean born designer – a Royal College of Art alumni – who is now firmly bedded in at London Fashion Week as an emerging designer. He previously won the prestigious Fashion Scout Merit Award in 2012, which has … Continue reading
After loving Ashley Isham at the last S/S 13 London Fashion Week, I had high expectations, and he didn’t disappoint. (also this time his designers were not so terribly skinny like last time making the clothes look even better).
His collection was stronger than the last one, I think autumn/winter collections tend to bring that out of designer, with leathers and army greens, reds and beautiful floral patterned velvets. The coats were armour like with extra visible shoulder padding, contrasting lapels, ruffled skirts, and strong shapes to ensure you the Ashley Isham woman is ever so elegant and beautiful. His evening dresses were extra long of course for extra drama, perfectly fitted with elegant 30s style skirt, with beading or leather waist detailing to give it the extra red carpet wow.
Bernard Chandran is a designer already well-known in his homeland of Malaysia – he is the chief designer of the television show Project Runway Malaysia and has also guest judged in Britain’s Next Top Model. He is known as the darling designer of the royal family, and from seeing his collection, I can see why.
He started to delve into the fashion world by studying in the International Fashion Training Centre in Malaysia, before he extended his studies at the prestigious Paris Fashion School.
The collection was elegant, with sleek block coloured silk dresses mixed with patent leather, beautifully beading on silks and leathers, and sky like prints on fabrics bringing together the blue and orange tones. From capes, to jumpsuits… its hard to pick a favourite! I love it all!
Carlotta Actis Barone is an Italian born Central Saint Martin’s graduate, who already has five collections under her belt. She’s worked with the likes of Stella McCartney, Balmain and BCBG Max Azria… all very different brands with different looks and aesthetics to the Carlotta Actis Barone woman.
The collection was highly modern, with elegant long dresses with sheer skirts. The silhouettes of the 30s skimmed down the runway, with pleated and sheer fabrics to give glimpses of the woman underneath.
Bruno Pieters is a Belgian fashion designer, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and has worked for Martin Margiela, Thimister, one Christian Lacroix in Paris, as well as Antonio Pernas in Madrid.
Honest by.Bruno Pieters was launched earlier this year and uniquely is the first company in the World to offer price transparency to their customer and to make their entire supply chain public. He wants to focus on making sure the customer knows exactly where the cotton from his fabrics come from.
I was lucky enough to see pieces from his SS13 collection at the Somerset House exhibition during London Fashion Week. The colours and prints beckoned me… and each piece was sharply structured and oh so desirable. Not sure which is my favourite… but I would have to start with (1) (4) (6) (8) and (11)… I’m a sucker for big sleeves!
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.