Every season The Wolves London PR group puts on a series of presentations called the Painting Rooms, featuring some of the freshest up and coming designers. This season was my absolute favourite time at the painting rooms. The new location just off Strand St. in the ‘vaults’ and steps away from the hub of London Fashion Week, 180 Strand, was perfect for popping in and out throughout a busy day of shows. I loved that the Wolves complied six presentations into one day spread over 10 hours, so you could see the first and 10:30am and the last at 8:30 in the evening.
Here is my re-cap of the four presentations I went to.
If you can’t go all out on the last day of London Fashion Week when can you go all out?
For the last day I wanted to play around with layers through street style inspiration and incorporating some of the biggest trends of the season. I went with the Palace Tupac T-shirt, in an extra large so it was more like a dress, over top of a North Face zip up fleece. I also wore a fish nets paired with thigh-high black boots, which have been one of my favourite pieces since it was nearly impossible to find a flat pair of thigh-highs. Lastly I wore my Zara white puffer jacket off the shoulders. This coat has been popping up all over fashion week, as it was the perfect Balenciaga substitute for the winter.
To finish the look off I wore a clear lens pair of aviators, which I featured on my favourite things post along with the jacket and shirt.
I first read about The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined exhibit at the Barbican Center in the September issue of Vogue. I circled the words, folded the top corner of the page, and put on it my list of places I must go.
The exhibit was imagined and curated by Judith Clark who paired fashion, from ancient Greece and this season Gucci, with exerts from psychoanalyst Adam Phillips' discussions on the definition of Vulgar.
The model of what is vulgar in fashion has changed and been redefined over the past centuries. One may see revealing skin to be vulgar or that showcasing one's wealth through over the top garments is in poor taste. The exhibit walks you through time periods and ideologies demonstrated by the most amazing and historically important garments.
I have learned a lot about Fashion Week through my experience and one of the things I think I learnt most about this season was street style. My first time attending London Fashion Week was this past September, which was one of my first blog posts, and I wrote a great deal about my impression on street style. I faced initial shock that street style wasn’t so much photographers finding amazingly dressed locals and attendees, rather it was people dressing for the street and to be photographed. My opinion that this is slightly undignified remains the same. However, I did see a lot more through attending shows this season and this included street style in in purest form: photographers running after bloggers and editors to get the best shot.
I believe that street style is an extremely important part of the fashion industry. Due to the way the current fashion week timetable is structure, A/W shows in Feb and SS/S shows in September, it is a way to see what trends from the shows stuck and are actually being worn by the fashionable and elite. What I saw on the runway these past weeks is what will be in stores for the 2016 fall, and what I liked I will wear to the shows in September.
I myself also got to partake in the street style games. Going to shows at Brewer Street Car park there was always a swarm of photographers and I was lucky enough to be shot by some. I do not mean to contradict myself. Posing for photographers while entering or exiting a show is part of Fashion Week. Going to a vintage store and picking out the craziest stuff you can kind and parading up and down the road (yes I have heard of and seen multiple people doing this) not really fashion.
I do believe that London has some of the best-dressed people on the planet and they’re all at Fashion Week. In this post I’ll be rounding up some of my favorite street style looks as well as my looks as captured by some street style photographers. My Iphone and I am no street photographer though, so rather I’ve found photos of people during the week. It is truly and incredible thing watching as one photographer spots a stylish person and one by one more photographers join until there is a flashing crescent moon of people walking in front of a girl in heels and a statement jacket.
Day four was probably the least eventful of my fashion week days. As apparently I still need to have a sustainable income living in London, I had to take a break from the shows and work. So for this post I am going to write on some of the big shows that happened on Monday, including Burberry and Sophia Webster, and the trends that are already clearly emerging.