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LFW AW14 - Belle Sauvage and Xiao Li

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Belle Sauvage 

 

Images courtesy of Vogue

The Belle Sauvage AW14 collection, entitled 'Paris Cats after Midnight' was a fierce representation of the iconic Parisian woman during the desolation of World Wars One and Two. Mesmeric and beguiling storytelling took centre stage, entwining militaristic undertones with feline flourishes, embracing the after-dark mystery of the Parisian nightlife. Black Napa leather and silk duchesse, faux fur and luxurious merino wool created a seductive and sophisticated air, offset by youthful pops of colour and contemporary designs. The avant-garde silhouettes and unique prints that have become emblematic to the label were on full throttle, encompassing pop-art style lipsticks, chains and necklaces in bold digital print. Dramatic swathes of scarlet hued chiffon and martial inspired hats embellished with chic gold chain detailing packed a powerful punch, emphasising the strength and elegance of the Belle Sauvage femme fatale.

Xiao Li

 

Images courtesy of Vogue

It's certainly been a year to remember for RCA graduate and 2014 Merit Award winner Xiao Li, who presented her first standalone collection at Fashion Scout. Bringing new meaning to the term 'innovation', Li eschewed traditional fabrics for expertly yielded moulded rubber and mesh, futuristically reinventing a myriad of traditional shapes and silhouettes. Inspired by Icelandic scenery, the collection featured a fresh palette of pure white and icy blue tones that beautifully mimicked the legendary Nordic landscapes. The voluminous silhouettes of the cast silicon tunics, basketball shorts and biker jackets took on a sports luxe vibe, paired with netted mesh hems, triangular cut-out detailing and exaggerated puff sleeves. Models sported various shades of pastel pink hued hair, a cheeky nod to the experimental vibe of show. Admittedly, the silicon sportswear wouldn't be our first choice for Autumn Winter, but this daring collection deserves recognition for its novel approach to textiles, and Li's expert craftsmanship and futuristic vision.

Show reports by Nikki McMullen.

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