The circus may have moved to Paris, but the London Fashion Week hype is still REAL! As promised we’re bringing you part 2 of our LFW show review, recapping on some of the trends we picked out on the catwalk. This time we’re talking androgynous, techno and a f**k tonne of elaborate sleeves! It’s time to check out Teatum Jones, Ports 1961, J J S Lee, Markus Lupfer and Marques’ Almeida…
17/02/17 am, the BFC show space. Our first show of LFW and one which hadn’t really been on our radar. However, after 9.30am on Friday morning it would be a difficult one to forget. The androgynous feel was definitely there as men and women walked down the catwalk, women in oversized suits and men in culotte styled trousers- merging of genders would be something we would continue to see throughout the week. We also found it kind of high-tech, this had something to do with the appearance of plastic anoraks with bell-shaped sleeves…but we’re not sure why. What was most memorable about Teatum Jones was the models with physical impairments that made their way down the catwalk. This is something that is extremely close to our hearts having dealt with such things in our family, so we found it especially inspiring. Breaking away from the trend of the stick thin and super buff model is something which really inspired us and something we saw a lot this fashion week!
19/01/17 pm, the Blue Fin building. For us, this one was Men in Black all over. The models stood still like security guards, dotted around the room wearing oversized shades that kind of made us think they might be the fashion mafia? Use of metallics, greens and purples definitely added to the techo/ outer space thing that was going on.
Ports 1961 and J J S Lee
(Ports 1961 AW17)
18/01/17 pm, Victoria House, 21/01/17 am, the BFC show space. It feels natural to put these two together, they both did a damn good job at making “a day at the office” attire seem quirky and totally different. What comes to mind primarily when we look back at these two is sleeves, elaborate sleeves. This is followed closely by their remake of the suit jacket.
Ports 1961 focused on cut out suit jackets, showing that little bit of flesh and making formal wear seem sexy. Whereas J J S Lee elongated jacket lapels, so everything became more exaggerated and kind of alien…in a good way!
21/02/17 pm, The Old Truman Brewery. Having not had much interaction with the brand before we had no idea what to expect when rushing to our seats in a very chilly, very Shoreditch warehouse. My fashion mummy told me that it would be “right up your street” and my goodness she was not wrong. After ASHISH, Marques’ Almedia took the silver award. The pin striped suits reminded us of one of our style icons, Kurt Cobain and we loved the use of the mismatched jackets and trousers.
The shoes were actual #shoeporn, the 70’s style stilettos and pointed boots were the stand out for us. The 90’s grunge thing, when done well, is always something we love to have in our wardrobe! Marques’ Almeida showed us that catwalk can actually be wearable!