A fleeting visit to the capital for one of the most important events in the fashion calendar.
Gyunel AW16, Galanthus Exercitus
The clean and beautiful presentation space at the IceTank in West London.
Excerpts from Gyunel’s AW16 video, exclusive to London Fashion Week.
Accents of burgundy and bright orange echoed the twisted romanticism of the collection.
Buckles, pencil skirts and structured officer-style hats suggested a uniform, reflecting the militarian influence.
Thick brocade fabrics were intricately woven and splashed with graphic prints for the more romantic designs, created without compromising the allusion to strength and power.
Boots*: Next (old but similar here)
Belt (men’s): Ted Baker
Bag*: Michael Kors via Monnier Frères
Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL7
Rings: Links of London
London Fashion Week was a little different for me this season. I attended only one of the five days; partially due to jet-lag (on Saturday I managed to sleep until 5pm – missing 2 shows, a presentation and a Rolls-Royce party that I was very much looking forward to), partially due to sickness & general lethargy and actually partially – just because. Though I was very frustrated to miss out on Saturday’s events, I admittedly just lacked enthusiasm about the whole season. I didn’t particularly enjoy it back in September (I’m still a bit gutted about the change of location) so I decided to be more selective with which shows and events I attended – which trust me, is a lot more fun and far less stressful than frantically dashing across the city to attend everything you’ve been invited to.
But as it turns out, with over-sleeping (missing a whole day) and a profound lack of energy, I didn’t get to attend the events I wanted to anyway. In fact, I didn’t get to see a single show this season – something that I am a little upset about. There’s nothing quite like the glare of runway lights and seeing the fluidity of the clothes as the models glide down the catwalk. But hey, I had a great first day and for the rest of the time, I enjoyed scrolling through my social feeds with a hot chocolate and having a nosey at what everyone was wearing.
So what did I get up to? My first stop was Gyunel, whose collections I look forward to seeing season after season (read my write-up of the SS16 show here). The AW16 collection, Galanthus Exercitus, was inspired by stories of teenage Soviet girl soldiers and the judgement they faced when they returned home after the war. A beautiful short film played on loop throughout the presentation, depicting a vast, all-female clone army marching through a brutal snow-covered landscape. Both in the film and with each design in the collection, Gyunel conveys the strength of these women and the injustice of the challenges they faced during WWII. With all prints created in-house and Gyunel’s profound appreciation for history and the elements, she has once again created a beautiful collection that encapsulates a story.
After leaving the presentation at the lovely IceTank Studio, I headed to a few meetings (of which details will be revealed soon) before the Ong-Oaj Pairam show which was unfortunately oversubscribed. So after waiting 40 minutes in the cold and rain (without an umbrella, I might add), I and approximately 100 other people were turned away and the doors were closed. A bit of a shame, as this was the 2nd time I’ve been unable to attend his runway show (the late starting of another show meant I missed it last season too).
I have to be honest, Fashion Week isn’t particularly glamorous unless you have a personal driver and someone to hold a family-sized umbrella over you while you queue but with careful planning, it’s still a lot of fun. I’d recommend that you get your schedule sorted in advance, plan your travel and try not to be caught out in unpredictable weather with bad outfit choices (though the inevitability of goosebumps, wet hair and ruined shoes is all part of the fun).
So that’s my experience of this season in a nutshell. It was very short and a tad disappointing but between you and I, I’ve got my sights set elsewhere for September. I love London but it definitely lacks the sophistication of Paris and New York – not to mention the location downgrade (catwalk show in a car park anyone?). Watch this space …
Love, Beth xo.
Disclaimer: all items marked with an asterisk have been gifted to me for promotional purposes.