Sitting front row at Gyunel has become somewhat of a Fashion Week tradition, one that I wholely treasure and never take for granted.
Season after season, come February and September, the air is filled with anticipation and excitement as invites are sent out to presentations, to breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners and everything in between. Evenings are filled with sumptuous meals and elaborate cocktails as brands and agencies quietly compete to be the best host, to impress the most. But the real magic? That happens on the catwalk.
Gyunel SS15 was my first ever fashion show and I still remember that feeling of awe and inspiration as I watched Yasmin and Amber Le Bon glide down the runway in fluid dresses the colour of the desert, emblazened with scorpions and adorned with heavy gold jewellery. It was my first time witnessing a designer’s creations come to life, something I’ll never forget. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure and honour of sitting front row at Gyunel‘s show every season (read last season’s coverage here) – and it’s always a highlight of my Fashion Week.
With a glamorous front row boasting the likes of Bip Ling, Marina Diamandis, Jameela Jamil, Rosie Fortescue, Roxie Nafousi and Sophie Hermann (to name just a few), Gyunel showcased her SS16 collection in The Vinyl Factory in the heart of Soho; a huge white open space and perfect blank canvas for the vivid colours spotting her collection, inspired by superstitions and protective references including the Turkish Evil Eye.
Models sailed down the runway in floaty silk chiffons, textured jacquard and romantic lace; a sea of navy blues and bright greens splattered with mystical wishing trees and sacred evil eyes – hand-painted illustrations that echo the designer’s artistic talent and passion. Monochrome pieces were woven into the collection, spotted with protective guarding circles and morse coded quotes disguised as polka dots. Oversized shorts and flowing maxi dresses were signature styles but the addition of loose blouses and waterfall coats completed a beautful and very wearable collection of Summer clothing.
Personally? I’ve got my eye on the monochrome lace maxi and perhaps the goddess-like emerald green gown too. But the truth is, I’d happily take the whole collection. Gyunel has done it again – created designs that are both artistically unique and wearable for the elegant yet practical woman that she typically dresses. Celebrity fans include Olivia Palermo, Coco Rocha and Erin O’Connor – strong and simultaneously graceful women with the power to engrave fleeting fashion on the tombstone of timeless style.
So now? I eagerly await what AW16 has in store …
Love, Beth xo.