As the rain continued overhead, the mood at Freemason’s lodge slumped to a lull. Much fervour about Bernard Chandran’s collection was dulled by the drizzle, but some held out hope however, with whispers of what Malaysia’s “Prince of Fashion” had in store. Not one to do things by half measures however, Chandran lived up to his name and captured attention immediately with a huge range of stunning fabrics, luxurious patterns and detailed cuts.
The stand out piece of the show was a deep purple metallic playsuit with wide leg trousers and heavily tailored bust. Paired with deep blue sandals, the piece captured the wearable, uncomplicated and feminine style of Chandran’s show. Offset against the shine of the clothes, beauty was kept simple. A minimal, bold red lip and dark eyebrows helped accent an otherwise natural look and long, flowing hair neatly tied back framed the simplicity of the face.
Headgear also made an impact, with models wearing wiry pieces or sporting large, decorative bindis; again harking back to Chandran’s Malaysian upbringing. Causing a ripple of excitement amongst the audience, as the music changed pace one model was crowned with a large, dazzling pair of headphones, highlighting the jewel tones and embellishment in the collection as a whole.
A show which breathed new, metallic life into a grey, London day, Chandran has cemented himself as Malaysia’s fashion royalty. We’ve seen jewel tones at New York and metallics have been splashed across show after show, but Chandran has laid down the mark on how to create something elegant, wearable and feminine whilst sticking to his cool, ultra-sleek style.