London Fashion Week took place 15th – 19th February this year.
With over 250 designers showcasing their talent to an international audience and some of the most influential names in the media, it is a time of opportunity to show the world your best assets. I think for Britain in particular, in time of doubt and uncertainty as Brexit approaches, it was indeed a time to shine a light on the creative talent we have in the UK. Which is in abundance.
I can’t stop fascinating over Richard Quinn’s catwalk show with his incredible print, hand crafted details and emotive designs oozing sensuality, quality and an unafraid approach to fashion. Or Victoria Beckham’s use of heritage patterns and checks combined with a modern approach to femininity and the celebration of the female body. Victoria has a way of designing outfits that look professional, relaxed and empowering all at the same time. The use of block colours and recognizable statement prints/designs excite me year on year. I am like a three-year-old in a sweet shop.
My glove brand has been incredibly lucky to feature both in 2018 on Marta Jakubowski’s catwalk show and then, this year in Zandra Rhodes presentation at London Fashion Week. For me, probably because I’m an old romantic, I feel super blessed to be asked to dress the hands of a brand like Zandra Rhodes. It goes without saying that she is one hell of an icon and her pieces truly do stand the test of time. Ever evolving, ever recognisable and undeniably unique. To stay in this industry for so long, and keep things fresh, without losing yourself in the chaos, cashflow and cut-throat lifestyle it can sometimes throw at you is quite frankly, incredible. I’ve only spent four years in the fashion industry, and I am truly inspired by those that survive and flourish.
So with that said, I’d like to shine a light on my favourite pieces from the show that used and celebrate gloves in their different forms and how they finished their outfits with a statement. Here’s my top three.
Richard Quinn is best known for his elaborative and beautiful designed prints that then get transformed into the most amazing dresses with innovative shapes that make them unique, refreshing and draw dropping. However, what I like best about this collection is the attention to detail of the accessories and layers under the clothes. Allowing the entire outfit to step up a notch above the rest and really be emotionally led. The use of floral tights, intricate embroideries and head scarves that covered the entire face but what I loved most was the use of latex rubber under dresses and as gloves. It gave a very sexual and proactive edge to the feminine floral prints that leave you pretty excited. There’s something about sweaty, tight rubber gripping your body that is undeniably sexy.
I am a little embarrassed to say that Philipp Plein is a bit of a new discovery for me. But wow, I’m in love with his raunchy, exaggerated designs. The vibe that springs to mind is dominatrix. Leather, heavy encrusting and lots of zips. His incredible catwalk was all mirrored, had twenty dancers and I am sure I saw a snake or two. Philipp’s designs are inspired by his spirit and joy for fashion. It’s a rock and roll brand with extreme attention to detail. This year, I particularly enjoyed the use of a ‘one glove’ approach to his designs which gave a very edgy and powerful spin to how using a glove can change an outfit so quickly. It makes me think ‘this girl has guts’.
The loss of Karl Lagerfeld on 19th February was heart breaking for the fashion industry. I remember reading something that Karl said that went something like, ‘I knew I was born to do something extraordinary’. Karl did just that. He kept Coco’s spirit alive through his interpretation of design, photography, the brand and constantly evolving it whilst staying loyal to the unique aesthetics that were so recognisably Chanel – the oversized jackets, no collar suits, pearls and a sense of timelessness.
For this year’s SS19 show Karl brought a soft, calm approach to the catwalk. With a manmade beach with calm crashing waves and models walking barefoot, it left you wishing you were a carefree Parisian girl going about her life in exactly the way it was laid right in front of you.
Karl’s gloves were as famous as Karl himself and he indeed incorporated them into the finishing of his beautiful designs. With this particular show I loved the synergy and matching aesthetic of the glove and the bag with a timeless Chanel outfit. A fingerless glove with a feminine outfit is provocative and screams edgy.
This is my take on fashion week, leather and tulle gloves and my favourite names, both new and old, shaping the way for growing brands like me. THANK YOU!