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London Fashion Week - Day 2
....follow the NJAL Team during the five exciting days of London Fashion Week
Saturday, September 15 - 11:35am
The second day of London Fashion week started with Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s ‘Ones to Watch’ show. The winning newcomers this season were designers Ming Pin Tien, Charlotte Simpson, Hana Cha and the astonishing Hellen Van Rees.
Starting the show was Ming-Pin Tien with a range of minimalistic looks centred on a neutral colour palette. The designer's strength lies in his pattern cutting and the way he plays with different textures and colours.
Charlotte Simpson, who graduated from London College of Fashion earlier this year, drew inspiration from scientific imagery. The pared down looks had considered details such as thin belts and colour matching sequins. The bright collection felt fresh and airy, but the highlight was the closing look - a golden dress made entirely of sequins.
Next was Hana Cha whose collection revolved around tonal blacks and whites. She explored the disparity of classes, pitting Proletariat against Bourgeois, through a fragmented style that focussed on colour and material by playing with contrast and adding striking details.
Hellen Van Rees undeniably stole the show with her jaw-dropping collection that was built around handmade tweed fabrics, and the geometrical and sculptural shapes she had built. The talented designer had taken her CSM graduate collection a step further this season and introduced silicone, which was incorporated into the collection with similar 3D shaped cubes.
Take note, these four are definitely on their way up!
Saturday, September 15 - 12:00pm
Tahir Sultan's SS13 collection is a mix of cut, form and style with a touch of glamour for the confident and sexy woman. The playful collection is made up of easy to wear pieces that can be worn day or night. The collection made the most of a simple colour palette of whites, greys, and blacks letting fluro colours shine through. Glamour is emphasised through touches of feathers and gold, definitely appealing to a sexy and confident woman who enjoys indulging her feminine side.
Saturday, September 15 - 13:00pm
Back at the stunning Goldsmith's Hall, one of NJAL's youngest talents, Jeffrey Michael, turned to geometric forms with prints resembling waves and sea-foam to create a fun and flirty collection. Although some designs didn't reflect his theatrical skills of costume design, we are convinced NJAL's clients will appreciate a flare for the dramatic with feather and resin dresses!
Saturday, September 15 - 15:00pm
“La Femme Paysage”, the Spijkers en Spijkers SS13 collection was deeply inspired by Sonia Delauney’s work. The two sisters have taken a colourful direction on their classic 1920s inspired style. La Femme Paysage is a reinterpretation of the female form in a geometric way. The collection is a mix of bold geometric patterns and feminine and poetic details such as lace. The colour pallete ranges from bright primary colours to dark colours. Spijkers en Spijkers had in mind Marchesa Luisa Casati to create the collection and her portrait is even printed onto dresses and skirts.
Saturday, September 15 - 16:30pm
What a difference in colour, textures and moods Manuela Dack has shown between her past collection at Vauxhall Fashion Scout and her new collection catwalk this September. Minimal, white and naked backs. With only a touch of orange in the whole collection, she proves that you can be dressed in all white and use only textures in your style.
Saturday, September 15 - 18:30pm
The British born, but Athens raised Melissa Diamantidi's S/S 2013 collection set out to explore the power of light and how we perceive it. Her garments did just that, with asymmetrical cuts that resembled refracted rays and sheer tops using a tri-colour palette of blacks, whites and azure blue. Our favourite was a quilted white leather motorcycle jacket with angled zips. We feel the late great Michael Jackson would have approved.
Saturday, September 15 - 18:45pm
Raffaele Ascione’s SS13 collection draws inspiration from Fruit of the Loom sweatshirts adding A-line silhouettes and personal elements to create a contemporary mix appealing to all women. The collection of tops and outerwear incorporates clean lines, structured pleating techniques, oversized shapes embellished with playful sequins and delicate pastel colours. Accessories provide a great statement throughout the collection: hoop earrings, document carrier and laptop bag were featured heavily for the strong, professional woman.
Saturday, September 15 - 19:45pm
MATH a.k.a Shazad Mohayadin rounded off Day 2 of London Fashion Week. Pieces are slashed with vibrant spring colours of orange, blue, green and gold but maintain a calculated balance to bring the looks together - This is colour blocking at its finest! This London based designer is certainly a home-grown favourite who is already making big waves.