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LFW Review: Day Two ft Apu Jan, John Herrera & Dans La Vie (Part 1)

Day two of London Fashion Week was my busiest day with back to back shows and presentations. I’ve decided to review my day in separate posts as I had so many, though naturally I’ll only be mentioning the really great and relevant designers and pieces of clothing that I think you’ll love, so here is part one. Apu Jan I arrived at Apu Jan’s Spring/Summer 2018 Show just in time, with the lights being dimmed as I sashayed into the hall wearing ostrich feathers and sequins. This season Apu Jan held their show in a huge space at Freemasons Hall, where most of Fashion Scouts designers present, however they opened up the beautiful grand temple for an extended runway, something that doesn’t usually happen. The show opened to easy-listening smooth jazz played by a live orchestra, and in true chic Apu Jan style, an elegant model seemed to float down the marble walkway. The inspiration for next seasons collection is said to be short-lived spring flowers and their withering, with the show being called “Before Last Petal Falls”. These influences can be seen in the muted colour palette of purples turning into greys, and the detailing used within each garment. The collection shows pieces that represent flowers in full bloom, with colours of pinks, purple and white with flower jacquard details. These contrast with the darker grey pieces that represent the death of flowers falling from their stems and withering. An elegant show of chic pieces that contain amazing craftsmanship and a hidden story. Silhouettes had soft floaty touches mixed with traditional tailoring and grown up ruffles and frills with pieces that can be styled for the day, yet also dressed up for night. My favourite piece? The last dress in grey with hints of purple in its pattern of wilting flowers and poetic clocks. The design was off the shoulder, with a short front and long train at the back, featuring a black sheer blouse worn underneath with an exposed back. A dream piece to own, and something I’d certainly lust over to rock at any five star event.

John Herrera Image being a gothic glamazon during the 16th century, leading an army of ships across the ocean in search of far away lands and hoards of treasure. You’d need to be a strong woman, beautiful, and effortlessly commanding. This was the scene John Herrera presented on the runway of his Spring/Summer 2018 show, presented to a packed audience who gazed in ore of his designs. The “Armada” collection was inspired by maps from 1529 when Spanish explorers accidentally discovered the Philippine Islands. The map print was printed on delicate fabrics that were manipulated into dramatic proportions. He had a combination of sheer and stiff materials with soft chiffons that created striking silhouettes. Models with gothic style make up featuring dark lips and pales faces had black ghostly veils shielding their faces with beehive hair as they walked down the white runway towards photographers. The collection featured many gowns with couture appeal in colours of sepia and browns punctuated with scarlet tones in sweeping capes, cloaks, and coats to complement. The collection was absolutely striking, with gothic 16th century twists in modern design. Below are some of my favourite looks. Congrats and praise to John Herrera on his work, stunning standout pieces! 

Dans La Vie

Dans La Vie is a brand by designer and creative director Rira Sugawara, who has a mission to push the boundaries of what is ‘normal’ and reinterpret conventional beauty. For SS18, Rira presented a collection entitled ‘Genderless Mode’ aiming to create pieces that help abolish gender lines in fashion, something that I like to do myself in my everyday wardrobe. The white runway made room for male and female models to showcase unisex pieces which showcased a sport-luxe vibe using a colour palette of green, red, black and beige. We also saw camouflage print and checker prints adorned on dresses, tops and leggings to complement the mix and match collection. The brand stated that this season “the beauty of this collection and brand lies in its exquisitely designed chaos”. Rira managed to create a fabulous collection of day wear pieces which could be reworked with anyone’s existing closet, whether male or female. After the show, we also got a glass of bubbly in glasses with the Dans La Vie logo, now that’s a perfect way to end a killer show!

If you want to see more then visit my Instagram page for show videos and extra photos @HOWSTE and stay tuned, as my LFW Review: Day Two, Part 2 is coming soon!

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