Minki SS19 London Fashion Week

People. Colours. Voices. Minki toyed with ‘randomness’ for SS19 in his signature fanciful and dreamy way, manipulating shapes and textiles to create an exciting visual. Inspired by Lorenzo Vitturi’s ‘Money Must Be Made,’ designer Minki Cheng’s latest collection imagined the artist’s journey through the Balogun Market on Lagos Island. The market is eclectic, with all manner of objects from furniture to textiles piled high in perilous towers on the catwalk.

SS19 was built around contrasting fabrics against clashing prints, patches, and stripes in deceptively humble cotton, seersucker, canvas, plastic, and silk twill. Minki’s aesthetic is ever optimistic and fun, constantly playing with colour, print and texture; his signature clash of bright yellows, pinks, blues, and reds contrasted in this collection with muted navy and khaki in abstract prints on fresh and playful silhouettes.Waists and sleeve hems were cinched with cord, tightly gathered to create a distinct silhouette in an oversized cobalt blue nylon raincoat. A vibrant colour palette of vivid primary hues delivered a feeling of the eclecticism and randomness of the market, against deep sky blue, amaranth, magenta, and midnight green.

Dynamic prints featured for SS19; on oversized canvas with jean jacket detailing was paired with yolk yellow shorts, belted midi skirts, and oversized overcoats. Minki incorporated intricate textures using his signature 3-dimensional ruching technique to create texture on diaphanous dresses in sunny yellow and rose. Dresses were worn long, in light brocades and silk drawn in at the waist in a twist on a classic silhouette. Sporty metallic slogan sweatshirts in candy pink were styled over popped collar shirt in a quirky take on a preppy look, and completed with patterned head ties and socks worn with jelly sandals, giving a childlike innocence to Minki’s world of wonderment.

By Lucie Dhog. Images shot for us by Hannah Gordon-Smith.