LFW had some bold elements and impressive detailing. Here’s a look at my last set of LFW highlights for the AW18 season:
Oxford Fashion Studio
Oxford Fashion Studio hosted a variety of AW18 collections at Devonshire Square. I attended the 5:00p and 7:00p shows. The first set featured Norish Kareem, who displayed contemporary dresses with floral and lace detailing. Femi Handbags followed with bold, sophisticated, and vibrant bags. Bogomil Group closed out the set with luxury, innovative urban menswear.
The second set started with Distinctly Unique, a line of couture dresses in vibrant blues, reds, and pinks. Mel Brookes followed with crop tops, form fitting pants, and dressy dusters. Next, Banni Peru presented its line of puffy outwear in a vibrant color wave. Lastly, Nasheli Juliana showed her nunnery-inspired collection of black and white avant-garde pieces. What an innovatively dynamic group of designers!
Jamie Wei Huang
Jamie Wei Huang showed her AW18 collection at 180 Strand in Covent Garden. It has a nostalgic feel to it, inspired by the 90s in Hong Kong. The collection is all about details with fringed pockets, accented sleeves, and ruffle detailing. My favorite looks include a white blouse with mustard flare pants, a dark blue denim shirt dress, a white blouse with blue plaid pants, and a beige sweater with a denim mixed material skirt. The collection is mod, passionately creative, and free-spirited!
Passavant and Lee
Passavant and Lee, a luxury men’s accessories line, hosted a cocktail event at Blind Spot at the St Martins Lane Hotel. The brand previewed a couple of its leather bags consisting of backpacks, briefcases, and carry-on bags. These bags all carry a great mix of British and American style with high quality materials and impeccable sophistication. DJ Amazonica spun the beats while guests enjoyed Haig Club Clubman specialty cocktails. Such an elegant evening with a brand focused on craftsmanship and originality!
The Great Hat Exhibition Preview
Monique Lee Millinery and X Terrace hosted a preview for The Great Hat Exhibition Preview at PINKO Flagship Store in Knightsbridge. It featured 32 hats designed by milliners from all over the world such as Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Australia, the UK, USA, and Germany. There was also a live presentation of 4 models wearing the hats. Each style is super creative and exquisite with the utmost detail. The Great Hat Exhibition Preview started today at The Living Centre in King’s Cross and will go through March 28. 200 hats are on display from 130 milliners worldwide. If you happen to be in London, definitely check out this impressive exhibition!
The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Exhibit
The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Exhibit opening reception took place at Australia House in Covent Garden. Notable attendees included Colin Firth, Lily Cole, and Jasmine Hemsley. The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange showcases designers and artisans from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries. Some of those designers include Karen Walker representing New Zealand, Stella McCartney representing the UK, and Bibi Russell representing Bangladesh. This group is all about creating new networks and connections as well opening up the potential of artisan fashion trades. The dresses are gorgeous in a range of colors with assorted detailing elements. So tough to pick a favorite- I loved them all. What an admirable program with a beautiful vision and creative direction!