Friday 17th February marked the start of London fashion week, showcasing the Autumn/Winter 2017 collections, collections that I would be attending. The day started off rather crazy with travel delays and drama, because of this I missed Fashion Scouts Ones to Watch show (as previously mentioned on my blog) and Billie Jacobina's fabulous presentation. I'm totally gutted I didn't make these shows as they featured designers that encompass everything I love, from texture and unusual materials at Krashimira Stoyneva to colourful printed menswear at Orange Culture. But enough about the shows I missed, I managed to make 3 events on day one of London fashion week, and I'm super impressed. Though before I tell you who I saw, I better tell you what I wore. As I had drama in travelling to London for the shows my original outfits went out the window, I instead wore all black, grabbed my Birkin and threw a faux fur jacket over my shoulders.
Black Shirt: New Look
Black Skinny Jeans: Topman
Black Shoes: Topman
Faux Fur Jacket: Dorothy Perkins
Sunglasses: Alexander Wang
The first show I attended this season with Fashion Scout was Mark Fast. Known for his beautiful handcrafted dresses, knitwear and mixing different textiles together, he's become a world-renowned luxury designer. He's dressed the likes of Jessi J, Rita Ora, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Grace Jones and Kylie Minogue to name just a few, he's certainly becoming a name to watch! Mark Fast's AW17 collection certainly doesn't disappoint, featuring his signature creativity using knitwear in hues of purple, orange, black and sky blue. The gowns contained crochet detailing but with a grown up, seductive feeling for party wear, perfect for Autumn/Winters party season. Fringing seems to be a trend I have picked up for next season, something that has been bubbling for a few seasons now, featuring on several Mark Fast gowns in array of colours. His stunning finale dress contained long textured fringe details in a long sleeved black and sky blue dress with lace panel work. If you'd like to see videos of the show, feel free to visit my Instagram @HOWSTE. Below are some photos from the show from Mark Fast & Fashion Scout.
Anissa Aida is a womenswear brand that creates collections that show an interaction between clothing and culture, reflecting tradition and modernity. Following the Mark Fast show, Megan & I visited the Anissa Aida presentation. Presentations can be more intimate than a runway show, and if not too busy, you can get up close and inspect the garments for quality and detail. Anissa Aida was awash of earthy tones with a mix of different cuts and lengths. I loved that from afar the pieces seemed very generic, but well styled with crimped hair and complementing make up. However up close you could see the attention to detail, the different direction stripes on a cotton shirt, the exaggerated sleeves, wool collars and chic early 19th century styling with African themes. I adored one piece, which you'll see below as I had photos taken with the model. The collection, for me, screams to be worn with tomboy styling for a chic work look that'll hold its own all day long. The autumnal colours were divine, perfect for next season. The theme for this collection was 'Africa through the looking glass' and if you look at the details, colour pallets and styling you can see the mix of African influences mixed and reworked for the modern woman. Below are some photos I took, but please visit AnissaAida.com or @AnissaAida on Instagram for more photos and videos.
The last show we attended on day one of London Fashion Week was Rocky Star, and I'm so glad we made it. Rocky Star, known for dressing people like Paris Hilton, Beyoncé and many Bollywood celebrities, already has a huge following and after viewing his show I can totally understand why. Rocky as a designer has renewed the way fashion is operated in India. He was the first designer to design for both the 'common man' and celebrities and has since styled and designed for over 300 films. Since last season (which I didn't get to attend) Rocky Star has opened a new boutique in Mumbai following his growing success. This season his show was awash with etherial beauty, with elegant dresses ranging from short, flirty pieces to gowns fit for the red carpet. He featured delicate prints, floaty chiffon, beautiful sequins, gold lamè and embroidery. He also produced some beautiful gowns that contained textured lace work and trains in shades of black, whites, gold and burgundy. The attention he'd obviously put into each dress showed his passion for his work, with each piece being carefully created to stand out. The collection had a theme of romance and nostalgia running through it with baroque and gothic touches. The whole show was full of atmosphere as everyone watched his gowns elegantly sashay down the runway in lust. This is the first time I'd attended a show, but from reviewing old collections of Rocky Star I knew I'd be a fan. A stand out designer for elegant, very pretty, feminine dresses. Below are press photos courtesy of Rocky Star and Fashion Scout. If you want to view his finale video, check out my instagram, or you can visit FashionScout.co.uk or RockyStarWorld.com.
Stay tuned for my day two review of London Fashion Week featuring Fashion Scout and many more fabulous designers.