London Fashion Week AW17 Highlights

Marta Jakubowski's collection featured bright colours.

Marta Jakubowski's collection featured bright colours.

DAKS collection was a mix of masculine and feminine designs

DAKS collection was a mix of masculine and feminine designs

Roberta Einer's retro collection.

Roberta Einer's retro collection.

"It's very black & white", PPQ

"It's very black & white", PPQ

FRIDAY was the 1st day of London Fashion Week AW17 and what an amazing day it was. Finally, London started to feel like Spring, the sun came out and it was a perfect day for running show to show around the city… even in stiletto heels!

Here’s some of what I got up to…

Marta Jakubowski Presentation
Held at the BFC Show Space at 180 Strand the Marta Jackubowski presentation was my 1st stop of the day. The colourful presentation showed off a rainbow of designs in an array of bold yellows, reds, oranges and purples. Outfits were colour blocked but used different textures and materials to break up the designs. Ties, padded shapes and angular cuts created a structure to the clothing giving the collection an edgy feel. The make-up was playful with a kind of water colour effect on the eyes.

DAKS Show
Amongst the grandeur and chandeliers of The Langham, the show was opened by a saxophonist setting the sophisticated and elegant mood. The clothing designs seemed to have two main themes. The 1st creating a soft androgynous feel with fine tailored suits, coats and dresses made from hounds-tooth, pinstriped and grey checked fabrics. Other designs took a more feminine feel featuring dusky pink floral prints and glittering metallic created from chiffons and other flowing materials. The designs from the two styles worked well, complementing each other creating a collection that felt both masculine and feminine.
Check out my video clip from the show at the bottom of the page.

Roberta Einer Presentation
Held at the Saw Swee Hock Centre, this presentation had one of the most creative set ups of the day. As you walked down the main staircase you were greeted with a scene of a late summer garden. The models were posed reading on deck chairs or engaging in garden games which really set the mood. The designs had a retro 40’s glamour feel with giant sequins, sparkling crystals and glittering embroidered detail. The feminine collection really shined, I think it’s safe to say I would be ecstatic with anything from this gorgeous collection.

PPQ Show
“It’s very black and white” stated the invite, and that it certainly was. Held at the The Crypt on the Green, PPQ showcased their sophisticated monochrome collection. The designs really played with different textures featuring velvet and satin, furs and wool. Bold black and white stripes featured a lot and I felt it had a really strong identity. In fact I think PPQ may have been my favourite collection of the day. The crowd were given great (if not rather cheeky) goody bags to take away and show attracted a few special guests such as Lisa Snowdon and Dougie Pointer (who we sat right behind).
Finale video at the bottom of the page.

Last Stop of the day…
After all that running around we finally stopped for a well-earned slice of pizza (and cocktail) at the Serpentine Gallery for the British Fashion Council x River Islands Fashion Film screening. The short film was a playful, fun and cute short film and the party after was a great way to end the day.

Final thoughts…
All the collections I saw over the day were really creative and I am not just talking about the clothing. From the venue, to the models, to the music, every single detail had been carefully chosen to complement the designs and deliver the overall brand message. It’s incredible the amount of work that was put into the productions and how flawlessly executed it all was. London Fashion Week is certainly a great celebration of the creativity and diversity London fashion has to offer.

Of course my LFW antics did not end there… more to come soon! L

To find out more about London Fashion Week or the any of the designers featured, click here. All photos/videos in this post are my own. 

A great ending to the day at the BFC Fashion Film Screening at the Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park

A great ending to the day at the BFC Fashion Film Screening at the Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park