Spring Summer 2015 Favourites pt.1

The server for my blog has finally been fixed so I can release this post I wrote at the end of London Fashion Week. Here I present to you reviews of my favourite s/s 15 collections (part one!). As you can tell I’m loving sheer fabrics, fishnet knits, oversized white shirts and the soon to be insertion of purple into my monochrome wardrobe!
Richard Nicoll CollageRichard Nicoll rocked a dreamy range of muted pastels, complimented by holographic fabrics and holey knits. It was a beautiful blend between sports luxe outfit combos and iridescent camisole shift dresses. It subtly reminded me of nightwear and asymmetry was a key feature in the show. The care that had been put into the fabric choice stood out to me, whether it was gently draping bias cut silks or buttery soft grey cottons. The clothes in this collection were imagined under the ideals of “clothes you could wear to a bar, then run home in” with a kind of tinkerbell magic to it.

Richard Nicoll

(Above) Richard Nicoll’s opening look: “a slipdress ethereally illuminated with a filigree of fiber optics by Studio XO”Zimmerman Collage

Zimmerman was messy. Each look in this collection had me weak at the knees with chaotic and asymmetric takes on lace dresses and the overuse of sheer fabrics that I can’t help but be enticed by. Even the crescent moon shoes had my name written all over it but as a runway collection Zimmerman did not work. There were too many textures going on that distracted away from paying attention to the beauty of any single look. MMM CollageMaison Martin Margiela‘s MM6. Flowing with the successes of the Japanese cultural dress meets Western Cowboy aesthetic in MMM’s resort collection this one featured obi belts, kimono fastenings and brown suede fringe jackets. Everything was oversized from voluptuous white shirts to baggy jeans and even the rather comedic thick laces knotted around the models’ ankles. Everything worked for me and I’m already racking my brains for a way I could pull off an embroidered waistcoat over a billowing knee-length shirt.DAKS

DAKS completed reinvented itself with a fresh look for this collection and the result was utterly flawless. A palette of white, grey and lavender (with the occasional black leather) worked excellently with Scuffi’s newfound inspiration from the ballet. This was even translated into the Royal Opera House venue. Simple outfits such as crisp white shirts and silver satin cigarette pants worked effortlessly well. However the more extravagant taffeta origami pleated fan shapes, kimono sleeves and bandage strips worked just as well. I would personally wear every piece of this collection.Tome CollageTome. I wouldn’t say I LOVED this simply because it wasn’t extraordinary but there were a lot of qualities to it that I found desirable to translate into my wardrobe. Delicate lace slips peaking out from simple midi skirts caught my eye, and lilac satin tshirts are something I’ll be looking out for on the Highstreet.

BalenciagaBalenciaga was an impactful show to say the least. Models in floor length duster coats (very cape-like?) storming over a cool blue catwalk of dry-ice smoke filled glass and metal grids certainly makes for an impactful show. Colour scheme stayed relatively loyal to black, white and lilac. A sporty neoprene take on fishnet, boxy jackets and cycling tops rang alarm bells at how influenced Alexander Wang was by the Tour de France. Whilst maintaining his signature minimalistic and sporty style he paid homage to Balenciaga’s history of couture embellishment by using geometric beading to create monotone patterns.

 Images are from style.com, collages by me

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