London Fashion Week has kicked off, and that means the runway glitz and glamour over in New York has come to a close. This season, designers really went for the "instant gratification" experience - offering everything from fall/winter looks that were mixed into the spring/summer 2017 collection, to letting just about everyone shop the runway pieces as they appear, one by one, on the runway.
But as with everything fashion, the shows, and the collection presented are the ones that capture our attention and had us ooh-ing and ahh-ing at our screens.
Here are some of the collections that we loved.. Also, we really cannot wait for spring to arrive everywhere around the world, and the collection hit the shelves!
This Spanish fashion label captured our attention (and we're quite sure the money in our wallets) the moment the first model walked out wearing some of the most stunning creations we've ever - think sleeves that were crafted to look like Calla lilies, silk dresses in the shape of bells, and intricately beaded frocks so beautiful, they're exactly what dreams are made of (for us, at least).
This collection, as with collections past, really showed off Delpozo's creative director Josef Font's background in architecture - check out the exaggerated shapes, especially seen in the voluminous trousers. What really caught our attention were the ear cuffs and chandelier earrings that hung low from the lobes of the models. As the number of looks increased, so did the size of the earrings. Our favourite? The last few looks with gigantic shoulder dusters that looked so ethereal, you could be in a dream that's filled with crystals, florals and sparkles.
Victoria Beckham has come into her own. Actually, she arrivedseasons ago when she sent out models wearing ensembles bearing sharp silhouettes and, in flats. In truth, Beckham is a serious designer and well on her way to be on the same level as some of her design icons to be called a "Designer's designer". There are times when it's hard to imagine that Beckham, who appeared at the end of her catwalk presentation in a flats and in chic slouchy silhouette, used to shimmy on stage in body-con dresses, PVC catsuits and skin tight leather pants.
For spring'17, Beckham went right to the foundation of designing clothes - the fabric. Fabrics were the starting point of designing this, for lack of better term, easy-breezy collection. Crushed velvet, which to many may be problematic, were used in pants, skirts and dresses. Interestingly enough, they work. The pieces looked less home furnishing upholstery, and more elegant, relaxed pieces that can easily be translated from day to night. What we love? The whole free-spirited vibe of the looks.
While looking at the styling of the looks, the pictures from the show, and reading the designer's show notes, one can't help but to think of Carmen Miranda - albeit a very toned down version. Ok, maybe it's more like Carmen Miranda meets Melanie Griffith's Tess McGill. The whole collection is fun and youthful but with a late-1980s/early-1990s aesthetics to it. Perhaps, it is due to Joseph Altuzarra drawing inspiration from David Lynch's 1990 dark comedy, Wild at Heart. Mix of prints and patterns in wild, bold colours injected an upbeat mood to the whole collection. Also, as mentioned in many show reviews, it seems that bra tops (paired with pencil skirts) are becoming a legit trend. What we love? The fact that this collection can be worn to the office - ok, maybe put a sheer blouse over the bra top, if you must, and throw on a blazer. How fun!
Special mention: Anniesa Hasibuan
Indonesian designer, Annissa Hasibuan, made history on the NYFW runway by showing a collection of modest wear, with models dressed wearing the hijab. The chic collection included flowing tunics, gowns and pants with distinctly Indonesian flourishes, such as detailed embroidery and luxurious fabrics. What's great was that the pieces can be worn with or without the hijab - showcasing that modest fashion can be worn by just about anyone, and not just Muslim women.