London Fashion Week Day 2: Hema Kaul

Freemasons Hall was once again transformed into fashion paradise as Hema Kaul’s catwalk show commenced this evening at 6:30. The audience was transported back to the 1950s; a vintage glamour vibe resonating from every outfit. The colour palette consisted mainly of beige, navy and red, with a touch of silver and gold. Boring you may say? Anything but.

Ladylike, elegant and oh so feminine, the looks that graced the runway were the kind that you always thought of as ‘grown up’ as a child. The full skirts and cinched waists created graceful womanly silhouettes – a welcome and much needed shape choice. The androgynous masculine look admittedly has its place, but I think it is high time that we embraced the curvy and ladylike figure of the female form, a viewpoint that Kaul seems to agree with and is reflected in nearly all of her pieces.

Whereas some shows may leave you with words such as ‘interesting’, ‘outrageous’, ‘high-fashion’, and often ‘completely unwearable’ on the tip of your tongue, Hema Kaul’s A/W 14 collection can only be described as ‘beautiful’. The dresses brought about sighs among the spectators; the glamourous floor-length gowns awash with intricate embroidery and Kaul’s signature detailing. Peplums were a frequent addition to many of the items, and even the jumpsuits succeeded in looking ladylike and feminine.

Walking away from the Hema Kaul show, I couldn’t help but feel that this was what fashion was all about – embracing the female form, focusing on elegance and detail, and making us women feel glamourous and proud of our feminine bodies. Hema, I hear ya.


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