J. JS Lee
Jackie Lee kicked off London Fashion Week with a collection that was like an IRL version of the hashtag #LikeABoss. Citing the liberation of women there was plenty of eighties power silhouettes given a more wearable modern twist. Think high-waisted trousers, belted two-piece suits and longer dresses over cigarette style pants. The fabrics were luxe, silks and delicate crepe materials that would work just as well for the boardroom as for after work parties. The Seoul born designer's show notes also mentioned that she had been house hunting in London and looking at Victorian architecture.
Here at InStyle we're huge fans of where interior design meets fashion. See Fashion Features Editor Hannah's previous observations here. For Lee it rubbed off on the collection in the form of understated high necklines and tasseled hemlines.
This show was very Wendy Adams meets aristocracy with the model's hair in long plaited bunches and lots of dark coloured lace. The Turkish born designer said that he took inspiration from a Russian duchess living a frugal lifestyle. This translated into folklore like dresses, lace up boots and furry style coats. However, it was the rain bonnets that everyone was going crazy to Instagram. In clear plastic and with a frilly hem, we're just waiting to see which brave fashion blogger wears them first.
Charlotte Dellal chose Camden's iconic music venue The Roundhouse for her debut runway show. Entitled 'The Girl Who Fell To Earth'. It was an apt setting for a collection that was inspired by the 1970s and paid homage to David Bowie. With all the models dressed in black, they sauntered around the darkened set to "Beau Oui come Bowie" by Isabelle Adjani so that the spotlight shone only on the accessories. With a space age vibe there were plenty of star embellished brogues, metallic heels and perspex oversized bangles that gave a nod to the rings of planet Saturn.
It was a starry front row too with Charlotte's mates Laura Bailey, Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung all lending their support. Making a return to the runway was Charlotte's sister Alice who closed the show in a pair of thigh high velvet boots and of a course sporting forties finger wave hair and a signature Dellal statement red lip. Now, that's what we call sisterly love.
Our last stop of the night was The Union Club for the Boden and British Fashion Councils' Future British party. This initiative was created late last year to support emerging designers as they grow. Led by Boden they offer not only financial support but mentoring in PR and product development too.
Celebrating its success last night were of course its recipients Sam McCoach of Le Kilt, shoe designer Camilla Elphick, and knitwear designer Caitlin Charles-Jones but also Brit models Yasmin Le Bon and Jodie Kidd. With Gizzi Erskine on the decks, everyone forgot about Saturday's early starting show schedule and let loose on the dance floor. Pass the dark sunnies.
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