Day two could be described in one way; an adventure. With knowing I would need to do some writing, yesterday's post, as well as do more running around between locations, it was a lot more work than day one, but just as much of a hazy dream. And what did I choose to wear for a day of work; thigh high, high heeled, velvet, Kurt boots of course. Not my smartest decision I will admit, but at least they were warm.
London was not as kind with the weather on Day Two and it was raining most the day. The glamorous and fashionable walked into shows holding umbrellas and were quickly whisked away into the Mercedes; it was like a black and white music video.
I was lucky enough to attend three presentations on day two; Omer Asim, Minki Cheng, and Zandra Rhodes. All were so different and artistic. Read below for all the details.
I firstly feel a special connection to this Omer Asim presentation as it was the first acceptance I received to any show this fashion season. With saying that it did not disappoint. Both Omer Asim and Minki Cheng were held in the Elms Lester Painting Rooms, which were clean and white, with fun twists from steep stairs and hidden doorways. A theme for fashion week has been to have shows and presentations in traditionally art gallery spaces. Other than the Elms Lester Painting Rooms, the TopShop show space, hosting a variety of shows, is being held at the Tate Britain this year. These locations bring fashion literally into the fine art world in a creative way, and there is no real need to pay for decor.
Omer Asim stuck to a pallet of whites, blacks, and greys, mimicking the architectural space the show was presented in. A single black panel hung from ceiling to floor, and entered the viewers physical space. It was like a waterfall runway bringing the models to the audience. The garments had sharp lines and flat cuts but it was the use of wood and the messy braided hair that brought an element of softness to the collection.
Just downstairs from Omer Asim felt like a different dimension brought to us by Minki Cheng. The small room shook with chimes and vibrations from a single amplified tuning fork being played in the corner. The centre of the room was a fluffy and neon lit square patch where models stood in bright colours and single grey socks.
The collection appeared to be beamed down from a spaceship above, with the shiny, tinfoil like, fabrics and the futuristic bubble jackets, as I will call them. A stand out feature of the show, which every was getting up close and personal to the models to snap a pic of, was the earrings. Large dangly earrings are a trend that is coming into play this spring, and it appears that it is only going to get bigger and better. Silver hoops were so large that they appeared to rest on the models shoulders, making a single earring the only accessory needed.
76 year old Zandra Rhodes is still one of the most vibrant and fun forces in British Fashion. From dressing Princess Diana, to having her vintage dress still worn at the Oscars today, to having her own Musem exhibit showed around the world, this designer is a legend; and a legend I got a selfie with!
Walking into the presentation room felt like a party, with blasting classic dance songs and pink lemonade/ tequila drinks. Not to mention the beautiful models posing in the centre of the room. The dresses had the exquisite tailoring that Rhodes has become much respected for, woven patterns of yellows and greens into thick black fabric. There was a strong sixties presence in the show, from the heads wraps to painted on moles, it was clear that the girls in the dresses were from a different time.
The show was more than simply beautiful though, it told a narrative. Amognst all the posing models and mannequins was one pink haired girl dancing, on the stages and into the audience. Pink hair that is the same colour as Rhodes. You could see this girl being Rhodes in her youth, dancing and standing out from any crowd; always being the most interesting and exciting person in the room.
I came home on the night of day two with sore feet that were completely worth it. While I will be hustling around in some nikes one day three I'm so happy I am only half way through. Stay updated on my Instagram: @sophbutterfield, Twitter: @real_walks, and Snapchat: @shopieb