Zeynep Kartal, Little Shilpa, Swedish School of Textiles SS16, London Fashion Week, Fashion Scout
Zeynep Kartal Freemason’s Hall SS16 London Fashion Week
A favourite with celebrities such as Cheryl Cole, Pixie Lott and Michelle Keegan, Zeynep Kartal made her SS16 show all about timeless elegance. Staying true to her signature silhouettes and modern lines, each piece in the collection was perfectly crafted, filling the catwalk with feminine, eye-catching couture. A neutral palette sat alongside mouth-watering brights and sleek midnight blue and fabrics such as natural and lurex silk, lace and crepe made the creations both fit and float as the models walked. Hand-made embellishments provided subtle detailing, making every style luminescent on the catwalk. We loved the pure white, multi-textured floral gowns, which spoke of vintage 1970s sophistication with contemporary snippets of a British summer.
Little Shilpa The Library SS16 London Fashion Week
Presenting her new collection in a contemporary bar in central London, Little Shilpa invited us to enter her own adaptation of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland'. With two floors of models partaking in psychedelic tea parties, wearing striking headpieces and far away expressions, it was like falling down a strange – but delightful - sartorial rabbit-hole. In true Little Shilpa style, each piece played on the classic female silhouette whilst adding a signature characterful twist. Denim a-line shapes contrasted with strong box pleat panels to add a whimsical dimension to traditional tartan. Other pieces fanned bold patterns over free-flowing maxis and boxy tees, making the looks both ready-to-wear and a statement trip down fairy-tale lane.
Swedish School of Textiles Freemason’s Hall SS16 London Fashion Week
The second the lights dimmed and the music started, the audience were treated to an intensive one-hour display of innovative collections by fashion design graduates at The Swedish School of Textiles. Taking experimental to a new dimension, 19 designers selected a small number of pieces to illustrate their chosen SS16 direction. Creativity hit the stage through mix-matched tailoring, block colour clashes and deconstructed fabrics. Standout statements, such as Josefin Runquist's air-filled tails that occupied the whole catwalk, were a taster for the design innovations that were to come.
Linus Broden's vibrancy exploded onto a somewhat monochrome show, with a collection of both women's and menswear inspired by colourful ethnicity, tribal patterning and ready-to-wear, casual shapes. Swiftly after, John Daniel Isacsson took this colour palette to the streets, with a range of neon, futuristic co-ords that played with the traditional silhouette.
Using their garments for investigatory purposes, students such as Emma Lindquist added bold slogans to chunky designs; Halla Hakonardottir contrasted monochrome silhouettes with square, glass headpieces, draping an array of flamboyant fabrics for full effect, and Saina Koohnavard broke the conventional silhouette, masking suit-like fabrics over mesh panels. However, the boldest was kept until last: Sara Lundberg's 'OMG(s)'. Single coloured sequin dresses were strutted down the catwalk by models masked with a range of the most common emojis, with the emotional spectrum jumping from annoyance, to sadness and then laughter.
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