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CATWALK HIGHLIGHTS: LONDON FASHION WEEK SS15

So one of the most exciting event ever just kicked off last friday: London Fashion Week for Spring/summer 2015! LFW is one of the highest profile fashion events in the world and one of the ‘big four’ international catwalk influencers. And i'm super lucky i get to be a part of it this year! 

I love London however I love London Fashion Week more!I can still remember the very first time I get to experience Fashion Week-backstage. You see, I love painting people's faces. Yep, it's always been my dream to be a make-up artist but leaning more in fashion/editorial make-up. I've always looked up to Pat McGrath, Kabuki, Charlotte Tilbury and Alex Box. And maybe one day, one day I get to assist them! YAY a girl can only dream... Right, so here are my top faves I wanted to share with you...

First stop is the Brazilian designer, Mariana Jungmann SS15 show at Freemasons Hall. Why I'm super in love with this collection? Well I'm a bit tad obsessed with Mermaids,hauntingly beautiful Sirens! And let's talk about the whole look...Laser cut leather and subtle prints. Every detail was perfect and polished from the oversized gold and silver jewellery casted around coral and conch shell clutch bags to shoes reminiscent of entwining, twisted underwater plants.

Make-up is especially on point,look designed by Head make-up artist Lan Nguyen-Grealis using Body Shop. Make-up included dashes of aquamarine glittering green eyeliner underneath the lower lash lid and pearlescent tattoos adorned the foreheads, cheekbones and hands, designed by the amazing Phyllis Cohen (who i met at IMATS London 2014), the founder of Face Lace. Styling included fishtail braids and heavily embellished headpieces on top of bleached blonde hair and invisible eyebrows. Definitely one of the strongest fashion week collection.









DAVID KOMA SS15


So blessed I get to see the show of one of my top fave designers! Few minutes late but was SOO worth it!  Having fairly recently taken up his new post as artistic director for Mugler, David Koma
seems like he’s on a high and this showed in his sunny, playful SS15 collection for his own eponymous label.




Known for his body-con silhouettes Koma let things get slightly
looser this season with pieces that skimmed the model’s bodies allowing for a fresh, breezy feeling throughout. The collection, styled by Womenswear Fashion Director Kim Howells, started clean with stark whites contrasted against flashes of citrus yellow. This palette continued and evolved introducing black, baby and electric blue.

     




Overall the collection was still characteristically geometric with diagonal stripes being a dominant design element. This was realised both in large panels or blocks of colour and elsewhere in smaller diagonal sheer strips. The interplay between sheer and solid sections was also a key story, as Koma cleverly played with negative and positive space. There was a definite sportswear feel – one of the most prevalent trends of the SS15 season so far – with the first section of this collection looking a little like high-end tennis wear. The design of the shoes cleverly mirrored the sheer and solid panels on the dresses. this. Hair by Nick Irwin at TIGI and make up by Sharon Dowsett, was kept clean and slicked back with subtle eye flicks, further enhancing the sportswear feel. Koma’s signature statement dresses were present but were broken up by fashion forward separates including leather shorts, sporty bra and crop tops.



KTZ SS15

And lastly my top one. For SS15, Marjan Pejoski drew inspiration from “the modern muse.” Wanting to take the spectator on a journey into the future via the past, the designer blended past with present to redefine what this modern muse essentially is, and represents, now. 






Modelled on characters in mythology such as the Greek goddess Atlanta and Queen Boudica, the collection was an ode to the “pioneering super woman,” which is why it centered upon a more feminine shape. Pencil skirts, thigh-slit dresses, flowing dropped hems and sensual tailoring fused with the precise embodiment of what it means to be sports-luxe, in an array of unexpected and unusual textures. Quilted neoprene, structured mesh, metallic organza, and oversized matte cameos all made an appearance.











KTZ massively stepped up its game for Fashion Week this year, establishing itself as the London label to watch – very, very closely...
So what does LFW mean to you? It's more creative than the other fashion weeks; designers take more risks here and that's what people associate it with - It's all about the character of London itself. The shows are 
completely unpredictable...You can see anything, which gives  LFW a cool 
and exciting edge.
What an amazing fashion week, London! Till next February again!

xoxo

Mrs. James













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