London Fashion Week AW’14: Day One Round Up
The wind and rain didn’t dampen the spirits as the fashionable elite descended on Somerset House in London for London Fashion Week AW’14. No matter how battered by the elements, the shows must go on. And on they went. Day One of London Fashion Week is always spectacular, and pulls no punches. And this one was no different.
Friday 14th February: Schedule
- 9am- J. JS Lee
- 10am- FELDER FELDER
- 11am- Jean-Pierre Braganza
- 12pm- Bora Aksu
- 1pm- Fyodor Golan
- 1.30-3.30pm- Haizhen Wang
- 2pm- Daks
- 3pm- Eudon Choi
- 3.30-5.30pm- Amanda Wakeley
- 4pm- Mark Fast
- 5pm- Christopher Raeburn
- 6pm- Nasir Mazhar
- 7pm- Todd Lynn
- 7.30-8.30pm- PPQ
- 8pm- Central Saint Martins MA
In all of Bora Aksu’s shows, there is a sense of Home. Whether it’s the knitted ants a few years back or the inspiration for this season’s collection – his mother. In particular, her early life at boarding school and the letters she wrote whilst there.
The collection itself – its romanticism tempered by the use of slick leather and oxblood red – told the story of girlhood to adulthood. From the nostalgic, beribboned hair, sock-and-shoe combinations and puffed sleeves; to the sharp pencil-skirts and floor-grazing gowns in mustards and reds and navy. There was patchwork – a trend already seen at New York Fashion Week – dirndl lace, and plenty of volume in the sleeves, skirts and shorts.
It was perhaps a less romanticised collection than previous years, with more attitude than the Bora Aksu of before.
You can read the full Bora Aksu AW’14 catwalk report on Vogue.
You can see the Bora Aksu show video on BritishFashionTV’s YouTube.
The Korean-born Eudon Choi has risen through the ranks over the last eight seasons to dominate the Somerset House central show space. With his latest collection, named Hysteria, he takes us on a tour of Sixties groupies and youth culture.
Textures and tailoring were given a rock’n’roll musical backdrop, as Choi launched his signature outerwear down the catwalk. Shaggy coats, peacoats, blazers with fur stoles at the shoulder were offered in black and white and dove grey. Choi layered his Sixties woman, with colour blocking and separates to make this an easy style to imitate. The booties were designed in collaboration with Joanne Stoker, and dotted the collection with flirtatious confidence. Throughout, the collection felt bold and bright – flouting the rule that AW’14 should be demure and dark. There were splashes of raspberry and mustard against a monochrome base palette, and leopard print in bright blue to really steal the show.
You can read the full Eudon Choi AW’14 catwalk report on Vogue.
You can see the Eudon Choi show video on BritishFashionTV’s YouTube.
In a slightly different direction to Eudon Choi and Bora Aksu, Amanda Wakeley used a very simple palette: grey or black, with only a dash of dark brown here and there. But this was far from boring. Drawing inspiration from Japanese tradition – the ferocity of Samurai warriors and demure confidence of a Geisha – the silhouette was a strong one, with cinched waists and leather features. With pointed black ankle boots, this is a look for the confident and assured. The collection was given depth by its mix of textures; mostly leather, but teamed with sheer cropped jumpers, or grey knit, and it becomes that much more beautiful. I couldn’t help but fall in love.
You can see the full Amanda Wakeley AW’14 collection on Vogue.
You can see the Amanda Wakeley show video on BritishFashionTV’s YouTube.