London Fashion Week Opened With A Busy Schedule and Lots of Great Shows

London Fashion Week has just begun and I’m already in awe for these three collections:

Jamie Wei Huang’s collection at LFW is an exploring adventure, kept in place by shades of grey, mixed with blue and red. These three colors are the main characters, with blue slightly dominating more in presence and variation. Looks are build from layers of unpretentious pieces which consists of oversized shirts on top of some dress or a long skirt. Extra long scarves and socks keep warm and make it look cozy for the viewer.

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British-Chinese-Vietnamese designer A Sai Ta showcased it’s very first ‘on its own’ collection at LFW under the name ASAI. The looks carry a bit of a Peter Pan vibe, however, taken one by one, we have a bunch of good looking pieces to wear on a day to day basis. Coats have just the right feel to ‘mix and match’ with more glammy pieces, and just as good to create a very casual look. I’ve seen a handsome pantsuit and I adore the look of the skirt with a middle split leading to patterned pants.

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Gayeon collection has pieces of Victorian inspiration, at least the upper part, which makes dresses look quite tasteful. Colors throughout the entire collection are kept humble and unnoticeable but don’t be tricked by that. Clothes have so much more to offer in terms of feel and look.

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Gucci Pays Tribute to Sir Elton John & 70’s in Dark-Themed SS 2018 Fashion Show

A gender mix show focused on individual pieces rather on a set of looks, was set off to unravel Gucci’s SS 2018 collection, at Milan Fashion Week, on September 20. The mood was dark with a vampiric touch, seen in the makeup, hair and the runway setup. A rather bizarre music arranged by Rob Lewis and Emre Ramazanoglu, directed by Steve Mackey accompanied the models in a trans runway walk, surely meant to add to the general vibe.

The clothes were very much Gucci, with a lot of the velvet silhouettes being mixed in with sparkly fabrics. There was a 70’s feel in the clothes, with sparkly dark nude bodysuits worn underneath, long dresses with large shoulders and men’s perfectly tailored suits. Crystal-studded jewelry, sunglasses, stunning headpieces and crystal headbands worn under the chin added to the extravaganza. Sir Elton John-inspired pieces, a Sega graphic font inspired bag, and few English high society details added into the collection are highlights of the show. “The collection is a mystery through which I can show the personal experience, aesthetic and emotions of what I live” said by designer Alessandro Michele wraps up beautifully the essence of the SS 2018 collection.

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Tommy Hilfiger’s Tartan & Plaid Inspired Fall/Winter 2017 Collection at LFW

Tommy Hilfiger joined the fun at London Fashion Week, but not the summer or spring where in his mind. The designer revealed its AW 2017 collection, which is a good sight to see among all the SS 2018 collections happening these days. Touched by the grunge feel and presented as urban looks, the collection involved the welcoming sight of tartan and plaid patterns served throughout the show in various shapes and sizes. Long coats, jackets, slip dress, schoolgirl-inspired dresses and skirts, winter long jackets, and pants, were paired with black stockings, beanie hats, and almost everyone on the show had fingerless black with red pattern gloves. Few blurry flower print pieces made it into this collection as well, presented by models dressed in stockings, with leather shorts or long pants, minus the beanies.

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Emporio Armani’s SS 2018 Collection at London Fashion Week

Emporio Armani’s collection at London Fashion Week had a little Barbie doll vibe to it, thanks to translucent and iridescent fabrics of pastel aquatic colors modeled into stylish tailored pants, schoolgirl-inspired and long dresses with soft ruffled bottoms, various tops, and summer casual and blazer jackets. Small geometric figures prints and applique made their way into the collection, looking jolly, almost cute, especially since the designer paired them with before mentioned pastel aquatic colored pieces. A nice change of seen was made by modern hieroglyph styled prints. The clothes looked marvelous and surprisingly still in tune with what happened before on the runway. The glimpse of color red was there, yet managed to have no say in the final result. Talking of which, could not have been better placed in time.

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Best of Shows From NYFW SS 2018 – Part 2

Paula Knorr
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German designer Paula Knorr used the same approach like most of the brands presenting at NYFW and sent down the runway minimalistic silhouettes which she styled mostly on the sides, keeping the fabric flat on the face and back. The fabrics are shiny, velvety and lacquered, painted in soft browns, red, blue and white. For an extra feel, the designer had the models wearing knee-high boots in matching fabrics.

Xiao Li
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Xiao Li had an adorable collection perfectly executed, with see-through fabrics shaped dolly like but in a nightgown manner and finished off in a modern kind of way. Puffy sleeves, gentle ruffles here and there, geometric flower embroidery at the hem, delicate stripes and soft unpretentious bows made this collection a total crush. Colors: baby pink, baby blue, red and white.

Zimmermann
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Speaking of crushes, Zimmermann had me completely melted and mesmerized with their fresh looking sophisticated collection. It reminds me of the aristocracy, just modernized and free of social norms. It looked summery with the flower prints and vintage hand embroidered tablecloth style embroidery arrangements. This collection is delicious but ladylike, with short skirts and white beautifully embellished shirts and jackets with pointed shoulders.

Fenty Puma
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Fenty Puma left me with a good impression, even though we are talking about sportswear. The whole collection abounds in shades of green and blue, played on eye-catching sports clothes, ranging from bralettes to leather costumes.

 

First Impression: In The Working NYFW SS 2018 Leaves Clues of Minimalistic Next Summer

NYFW is still in the workings, yet a first part is close to its end, and continues shortly after, on Monday, which is tomorrow. Speaking of this week, the shows that happened are the first glimpse of what’s going to happen for SS 2018, but that certainly doesn’t mean that we already have it all unraveled. Next week is just as important, and I’m wondering if the styles we had seen this week are going to be present in the upcoming shows.

This week I have seen designers greatly inclined to an even more minimalistic approach in their SS 2018 collections. Silhouettes are designed to look unpretentious, practical, useful and for service. It supposed to be making you feel dressed well at work, on the street and somewhere at a party. The good looks are in the hands of lace, embroidery, ruffles, and cut-outs. And yet, there’s moderation in everything that’s added to make clothes look more than just a piece of garment. The result looks good and satisfying. We almost want it to happen, we want it to be this way.
In many instances, the known shape has been broken and reassembled, a trend that we all know very well from SS 2017 collections. Androgyny is carefully explored.

 

Highlights of Paris Men’s Fashion Week Schedule

Men’s Fashion Week spring summer 2018 is continuing unraveling men’s collection, leaving behind the city of Milan and lodging in Paris between Wednesday, June 21 and Sunday, June 25. Untill 2 pm Balenciaga, Facetasm, and Icosae have already showcased their collections, with Valentino happening right now after my calculations. Industrialism lover Julius is going to close the day.

Tomorrow is another big day, with Issey Miyake Men starting at 10:30 am, Rick Owens in the afternoon, Louis Vuitton shortly after and other few more brands spread throughout the day. Yohji Yamamoto, Dries Van Noten are there too on display towards the end. Big shows indeed.

Friday is the day when Cerutti and Comme Des Garçons Homme Plus are going to have their collections sent down the runway. Balmain, Dior Homme, and Hermès follow on Saturday and finally Lanvin, Kenzo, and Alexander Mcqueen are having their say on Sunday, with few other more brands. Check the full schedule here.

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Armani Upgrades Men’s Collection To Millennials Standards for SS 2018 Season

For Milan Men’s Fashion Week Armani had assembled a much younger version of its craft to be presented on the runway for spring/summer 2018 on June 17. The key word of its entire collection is millennial, and the designer made sure that the message is loud and clear, yet making smart choices that align to what Armani brand represents.

Choosing to collaborate with ‘Treat You better’ singer Shawn Mendes for modeling the new Armani watch has not only strengthened the bond between brand and fans but brought a wave of new followers on the table. And let’s face it, Mendes does seem to be a great brand ambassador, even though he’s young. The singer appeared at the end of the show and walked the runway after a brief video preview of Armani’s new smart watch featuring Mendes.

On collection, the designer did very well in aligning the Armani image to the millennial standards by creating pants with a neutral appearance. The highlights of the collection are the dress pants and all Japanese influenced pieces, such as kimono jackets and pants with a skirt on the back.

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