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Flashback: celebrating inspiration behind the LFW

A fashion feast that started in a West London car park back in 1984, has discovered the likes of Betty Jackson and John Galliano, survived the recession, acknowledged topless Naomi Campbell and celebrated Stella McCartney’s outsold student collection just to name a few.

But the best ingredient of the LFW meal deal is not the champagne showers (there aren’t so many, sorry folks), the chance to become a target of a well-known street photographer, famous faces mingling around, but INSPIRATION no matter which background or industry you’re coming from.

Let’s acknowledge the creative minds behind some of the inspirational shows that 50/50London has hit this season.

Unique shots in the 50/50London gallery were taken by a talented friend of mine, photographer Egle Aleksandraviciute.

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The fifth collection by the youthful Asli Polat celebrated the femininity and romanticism of us, women. The clean and minimalistic silhouettes were seasoned with playful ruffles, pleating and rushing. Colour palette – suitable for every romantic spirit as playful shirt dresses, crop tops, trousers, skirts and jackets were coloured in brilliant whites, dusty pinks, light blues. A delicate flower pattern picked up the key collection colours uniting the individual pieces in velvet, satin and cotton.

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Asli Polat Spring/Summer 2017 collection (E. Aleksandraviciute)

Designer Manuel Facchini drew inspiration from sculpture and natural world in his latest collection celebrating femininity using architectural structures. Central Saint Martins graduate used aqua green, coral and black colours as the base for his pieces, whilst translucent white was incorporated throughout to evoke the fluidity and express influences of the aquatic world.

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Manuel Facchini Spring/Summer 2017 collection (E. Aleksandraviciute)

And now… Drum roll please, to this season’s name to follow: Caine London.

Musician Matt Allchin and Stylist Hayley Caine launched their brand in Peckham back in September of 2015. If you’re looking for a gorgeous statement denim jacket (and can splash some cash for it), Caine will be your cup of tea. As it’s described on the brand’s website, the creative duo makes wearable works of art to be worn until they die.

But fashion will never have a best before date, will it?

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Designer showrooms (E. Aleksandraviciute)

 

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Ode to textures: Burberry triumphs in LFW

There was a time when fashion magazines, textures and patterns were alien to me. But it was about to change, when back in 2010 I was glued to a computer screen immersing my eyes in tres British fashion show. Show where models were storming the catwalk wearing metallic leather trench coats and immaculate lace dresses in Hubba Bubba pastels.

London Fashion Week. 1 pm. Kensington gardens. Hundreds of guests are getting seated in a spacious marquee on khaki painted benches and curtains are drawn to close prompting the show to start. Lights go off. And subtle accords of Jake Bugg playing the guitar can be heard in the show space.

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Tick tock.. A few minutes until the show will start

This LFW mister Bailey presented a collection which was inspired by British musicians (you could recognise Bowie’s influence in the first ensemble presented by supermodel Eddie Campbell), artists and history. The Autumn/winter show was an ode to the best of British. “All things I love,” the designer said backstage.

Patchwork was delicately crafted from different fabrics (gabardine, brocade) and colours – from khaki, navy blue to mustard (new palette for the next cold season? Yes). Monochrome military trench coat and aviator jacket ensembles were followed by finely sequinned sparkly and fringed dresses, mini skirts with high splits, office pants with subtle snake pattern stripe on the side, dreamy floral dresses matched with military boots and high-heeled brogues.

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Christopher Bailey backstage

Conclusion: wearable, colourful and beautifully crafted. Oh, and it can’t be too many trench coats in one’s closet, right?

Cover picture: Burberry.

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