To kickstart the first day of London Fashion Week, the international talent platform Fashion Scout hosted the ‘Ones to Watch’ show, which introduced three extremely unique and talented upcoming designers.
Beginning the show was Helen Lawrence; a graduate from Central St Martins who was also trained under Alexander McQueen. She displayed a line of clothes with a mixture of wool and plastic. The intricately designed wool jumpers with silver star-shaped patterns overlapping each other on the sleeves were accompanied with wool underwear or plastic skirts of the same colours. Pastels flourishing from blues and greens to pinks and a favourite of mine was the separate metallic combinations. Models highlighted the outfits with their slicked back hair and nude makeup. The last outfit was certainly an eye catcher; black leather shorts, grey wool jumper, and a rusty grey wool jacket with olive green mosaic patterned leather flaps at the front. Lawrence is not only a designer with a unique touch but has a an eye for detail too.
Hannah Williams, the winner of Graduate Fashion Week Innovation and Womenswear Awards introduced an unusual but elegant combination of silicon creations. Baggy midi length dresses in pastel colours and silicon material dominated the show. With the majority of the dresses having a broad masculine look, Williams contrasted the fit of the dresses by adding flowery patterns made from lace and silicon. The dresses were rough around the edges of the short sleeves and were completed with a pair of bright white wedges and accessorised with large silicon clutches.
To end the show was the Chinese designer, Renli Su who graduated from the renowned China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Her designs introduced the old, country and Victorian fashion into the modern city life. The village inspired designs took a comparatively duller route with combinations of grey, creme and beige. The ensembles included full sleeves cotton tops with grey shorts, white leggings beneath and a frilly dolly hat. Although Su’s work was not to my own personal taste, I appreciated how creative and different the clothes were in comparison to the other two designers.
These three up-and-comers were a great start to London Fashion Week, giving an insight sneak peek to what more London is in for!