London Fashion Week Day 1: PINGHE

The stormy weather, relentless rain and impressive wind did not put off the fashionistas from waiting patiently for last night’s show in the vestibule at Freemasons Hall – PINGHE. (No, that was not the microwave.)

Running 20 minutes behind schedule (for which Ping apologised for on Twitter whilst we were freezing our backsides off), the collection was most definitely worth braving the cold for. Ping He’s label is still relatively new, having only been set up in 2011 in the UK, but is already a favourite among the A-Listers. This was evident from the faces on the FROW – Brix-Smith-Start, Daisy Lowe , Amy Willerton and MIC star Kimberley Garner to name a few.

There was a distinct ‘back to basics’ feel: tribal style drums accompanying the models and a focus on neutrals; which contrasted with the futuristic, modernist, architecture-inspired silhouettes. Blacks, whites, golds and reds were the dominant hues on the catwalk, but the eclectic choices of material were perhaps the more striking aspect, contrasting with the arguably minimalist design of many of the pieces. Think neoprene, fur, and chunky knit don’t go together? Think again. A key look was the fur bra and patent pencil skirt, admittedly not the most practical look given the current climate. But the uber-chunky knits and bear-like furs appeared undoubtedly cosy, and created an amazing contrast to the body-con molten leather looks.

All heel-haters rejoice, as gold hi-tops were a repeated choice of footwear amongst the models for PINGHE’s A/W collection. Here, practicality seemed evident, with angular hoods and poncho-like cover ups gracing the catwalk. The ‘slick and highly groomed’ look was not on Ping’s agenda, and tousled hair gave a windswept appearance to the theatrically made-up models. PINGHE’s collection was truly a breath of fresh air, and a million miles away from the fussy prints and highly layered looks by other designers. Here’s to warm knits, comfy hi-tops and simplistic elegance!

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