London Fashion Week is dominated with a noticeable clan of “fashionista’s”. This season I saw red. Tangerine. Black. The usual fur and skyscraper heel combo! Bowler Hats. Fruity headbands and Mickey Mouse Caps. However, this season I witnessed something of high rarity!
London is a cultural melting pot, so it’s natural for trends in popular culture to be strongly influenced by an eclectic mix of ethnicities. Reading the news I catch glimpses of major headlines announcing that a large group of UK migrants originate from Eastern Europe – but I never once imagined that there would be an entire Mercedes Benz Kiev Day in London… hence the title – Ukrainian Invasion.
Four designers took the spotlight on Day Three of London Fashion Week. Not only showcasing themselves as up and coming future talent but also representing their nation’s perspective of fashion. These designers were:
- Anna Kolomoets
- Anna October
- Yasya Minochkina
When Anna K’s garments first emerged on the catwalk I had presumed that she was directing her work towards an eerie Autumn Winter collection. Her catwalk began with precise laser cut leather ensembles and moved on to chiffon pieces that had been architecturally attached with thought to create an eye popping effect. As the catwalk went on, I came to realise that her collection was very clean – every single item in her collection was smartly cut garments with intricate laser cut designs.
I found Anna O’s Collection very easy on the eye. Although her collection could be considered quite dark (as with most A/W Collections) she brightened her designs with hints of glitter embedded within the material or glitter carefully places alongside contrasting material. Her garments were very feminine and there was a feeling of the 1950’s brought back with some A-Line cut midi dresses. Unfortunately, I had some camera difficulties and wasn’t able to take pictures BUT I managed to find a video with most of the collection. In fact, you actually see me on the right hand side, standing quite close to the back of the catwalk having problems with my camera so enjoy!
Paskal’s Collection was probably the easiest collection to differentiate in comparison to other designers in the show. Her work was characterised by colourful cut leathers and layering. I really did like the colour used, I don’t think people in London would be brave enough to go for it yet but I definitely predict an increase in the iridescent trend as summer comes along.
Last but not least we have Yasya Minochkina’s collection who I personally believe had the most casual collection in the show. There was an eclectic array of colours and style so I’ll let the pictures do the talking!