With a front row audience of Millie Mackintosh (who quite literally glows, by the way), Mary Charteris, Donna Air, Rosie Fortescue and Ali Hall (to name just a few), Gyunel needs to be on your radar. This season was the 2nd time I have attended one of Gyunel Rustamova’s (the Azerbaijan-born designer behind the fierce label) shows and I was not left disappointed. Admittedly, I preferred the SS15 show from last September (when gorgeous Amber and Yasmin Le Bon walked down the runway), if only because the designs were a little more feminine and playful – not to mention wearable. But, I could still very much appreciate the artistry and concept behind Post-Apocalyptic Survivor, the AW15 collection inspired by the designer’s childhood memories of growing up in Baku.
So what did the collection look like?
Well, before I get on to that, I ought to mention just one teeny-weeny signifcant detail. Ella Eyre opened the show with an acoustic, goosebump-inducing version of Gravity and it was outstanding. I knew she could sing and I knew she could sing well but the entire room was silenced in awe as her raw and haunting vocals set the tone for the proceeding show, which saw models stomp down the runway with dreadlocked hair, faux bruises and plenty of attitude.
Voluminous capes, coats and graphic illustrations on shift dresses were a reflection of the Baku skyline, where Gyunel drew her inspiration from. Military-style jackets and outerwear came complete with leather sleeves while super-short mini dresses were paired with thigh-high leather boots. The more wearable pieces from the collection came in the form of embellished co-ords and metallic shirt dresses, worn with bare legs and chunky leather boots cut abruptly at the ankle. Note: this collection was made for the daring, for the brave and for the bold. For the girl with attitude. For the girl who knows exactly how to strut in leather.
Thank you to Kitch & Honey for the invite and thank you to Gyunel for having me. I wait with baited breath to see what’s in store for SS16 …
Love, Beth xo.
Disclaimer: all items marked with an asterisk have been gifted to me for promotional purposes.