Feature: FASHION WEEK HIGHLIGHTS

Founder and Editor Malika Isles takes a look back at the month of fashion in a special FW17 highlight feature... As always...

Founder and Editor Malika Isles takes a look back at the month of fashion in a special FW17 highlight feature...


As always, fashion month is a busy one. From New York, to London, to Milan and then finally Paris I’m more often than not left feeling confused, frazzled and overwhelmed. One amazing show closes, you prepare to write up a review, and then BAM something else beautiful is presented by yet another designer which leaves you at a mental halt. As a fashion lover reading this, I’m sure you feel exactly the same and don’t really have a clue where to start. So I decided to take a look back at the month of fashion and present you with the highlights:


Sid Neigum

Sid Neigum FW17

Sid Neigum FW17
During the busy few days of London Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to get down to see the Canadian designer’s FW17 presentation up close and personal. Sid’s Fall/Winter 2017 palette is his boldest and perhaps most symbolic to date. Opulent gold velvet and red jacquard are used in excess, exaggerating Sid’s signature golden ratio proportions. One look that stood out the most was a wide sleeved white blouse which gathered at the waist, and a gold long sleeve velvet top which was characterised by a three tie up knot detail on the back.

Sid Neigum FW17
The use of rich gold was SO refreshing. AOFM Pro was on makeup, and created a simple stripped back dewy look on the models. Some of you may have seen clips of the collection on our Instagram Stories, but of course this couldn’t compare to how beautiful the pieces looked in real life.


David Koma

David Koma FW17
David Koma FW17
Now the collection felt very 2011 Kim K, and by this I mean the heavy use of leathers, khakis and fur. Taking inspiration from the choka, a traditional “warrior dress” worn by Georgian men looks included a floor length waist coat, diagonal square stitched puffer coats with dramatic fur lapels and also a black leather mini skirt with a khaki fur trim. This collection was truly beautiful, and was definitely one of my favourites from London Fashion Week.

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli FW17
Since the departure of Peter Dundas, an anonymous design team have taken the reins whilst the fashion house appoints a new director. Despite this, the collection presented at Milan Fashion Week was nothing short of stunning. Instead of a runway show, the label hosted a 28 look presentation in Milan’s decadent Palazzo Crespi.

Roberto Cavalli FW17
The choice of venue, along with the style of the collection felt extremely representative of regality. Some of the looks were so intricately detailed that they looked more like pieces from a couture collection, as opposed to ready-to-wear such as the floor length sheer gowns. The choice of colours were also very simple and classic as the majority of the looks were either black or white. The high-waist wide leg white trousers, paired alongside a flamboyant ostrich feather coat was one of my favourite looks.


Moschino

Moschino FW17
Jeremy Scott never fails to impress me with his fun and extravagant take on high fashion. The hard invites sent out to attendees resembled swiss cheese which were attached to an end of a mouse trap, representing the collection theme of “cardboard couture”.  This theme was part of the wider narrative of a rich clothes horse gone broke. In the collection we saw a innovative take on the classic trench, which had ‘fragile’ and ‘handle with care’ notes printed onto the crumpled finish of the coat.

Moschino FW17
We also saw Moschino printed T-shirts which resembled paper bags as handles were stitched to the bottom and centre. As the looks progressed, we saw outfits that looked like makeshift magazine cut-outs, a rich red dress with gold trimming which appeared to be a curtain, and a black cocktail dress held together by silver masking tape. Again, Jeremy Scott got an A* from me for his creativity.


Chanel


Chanel FW17

Chanel FW17
Only Karl Lagerfeld can launch a full blown rocket at the Grand Palais in Paris. The galactic theme of the Chanel FW17 collection saw a new take on their classic staples. The models wore metallic, glittery lunar boots, sparkly tweed and even oversized mirrored aviators, looking as though they were ready to venture out of this world into space. Although still very representative of Chanel’s signature aesthetic, Lagerfeld successfully presented a modern take on the Chanel we know so well and love.


FENTY x PUMA


FENTY X PUMA FW17

FENTY X PUMA FW17
Rihanna has been making waves in the fashion industry as both an influencer and a designer. Heading up as Creative Director of women’s wear at PUMA – Riri presented her third collection as part of Paris Fashion Week FW17 with a “Fenty University” theme. Resembling the tribes one would usually see in a classic school playground the looks that stood out were the puffer jackets embossed with a varsity style ‘FS’ print, the electric blue lace-up over the knee boots rocked perfectly by London’s very own Leomie Anderson, and of course the plunging jumpsuit which resembled a classic v-neck prep-school jumper.


FENTY X PUMA FW17
Despite the frantic nature of fashion week, it’s always an exciting time. Seeing how the designers continue to innovate and push creative boundaries blows me away, and is always more than a pleasure to watch and comment on. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for SS18.

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