pictures via Vogue Runway
Ah, fashion week season! Every year I find myself scrolling and swiping through my Instagram feed more than ever while spending endless hours looking at the shows on YouTube and Vogue Runway. Obviously, while wishing I was there to admire the beautiful silhouettes, innovative fabrics, phenomenal prints and designs myself. I love reading all about the designers’ inspiration and so I have selected the shows that spoke most to me.
Toga had its first runway debut at London Fashion Week this year and was a pleasant discovery for me. Designer Yasuko Furuta had a “complex woman” in mind for her SS16 collection, while taking into account the chaotic weather in Western Europe (and in her hometown Tokyo). The combo of the colour palette and the fabrics made this show really stand out for me.
J.W. Anderson‘s shows are always interesting. This season, he had this kind of “woman’s odyssey” in mind, referring to several eighties and nineties icons and prints. Yep, I would love to have the Keith Haring-like prints hanging in my closet.
Henry Holland was inspired by Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas this season, which can be seen in the embroidered insects on the dresses, which refer to the hallucinatory special effects in the movie. The ostrich feather shoes on the other hand, were nods to the motel decor. The crazy color combos – which you probably see when taking hallucinogens – are refreshing and call for an interesting color combo try-out in my own closet.
Ashish‘ show was not only sequin heaven, but also a call for more diversity and less racism. The designs had a DIY feel and looked great on all of the models. Ashish always wants his shows to be a celebration of subcultures, therefore he invited London DJ Larry B as a model wearing a spaghetti-strap slip dress with a women’s “parts” embroidered on it. The beauty of the show was its message: We’re all little sparkles, jumbled together!
Another new discovery was Canadian designer Jean-Pierre Braganza, who found inspiration in the complexity of jazz music. The fact that it’s so structured and yet so chaotic fascinated him and was translated into endless draping and deconstruction. The digital print dresses refer to the visual Bauhaus style, unsurprisingly one of my favourite art styles of the past age.
Last but not least, we have the Belgian-schooled/London-based designer duo Peter Pilotto, who hardly had any prints in their collection this season. As a huge fan of their (print) work, they did not let me down by cutting back on the print level, giving the amazing silhouettes and graphic lines. The colours weren’t really my thing since I’m not keen on sweet candy pink and pale blue (I look dead in it). But hey, it works for others!
What’s your favourite show so far?