LFW – Childhood Nostalgia at Ryan LO

‘Small gift, big smile’ is the mantra that the iconic Hello Kitty has been selling to us since its birth on 1st November 1974 in London. On Saturday, the rising star fashion designer Ryan LO in collaboration with the Sanrio company made a tribute to the ‘you-can-never-have-too-many-friends’ philosophy that Hello Kitty embodies.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, he said: “I was born in Hong Kong so Hello Kitty was part of my everyday life. I went through the archives of their prints as I wanted to use Hello Kitty in an unexpected way – not just pictures of the cat or cherries that they are known for. It is such a cool company and I am obviously very touched to have been chosen.”

At the presentation of his Fall-Winter 2017 collection during London Fashion Week, the trend-setting Harajuku district in Tokyo had also a strong presence. Childhood nostalgia met his present, so the street style and the Japanese pop culture from the nineties resulting in extravagant cartoonish designs.

The romantic fantasy that is the consistent theme in the life and work of Ryan was injected in the sassy girly looks spotted on the catwalk. Organza and tulle ruffled dresses, as well as oversize childish sweaters were displayed in candy and hot pinks, which worked perfectly with the boyish edge added by pump style trainers.

A myriad of camouflage prints combined with polka dots, stars, and Hello Kitty patterns, competed with shaggy shearling jackets. All of them, the stars of the collection by Ryan LO who draw a rapper’s female posse where innocent met badass.

Photography Courtesy of London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week Street Style 2017

It’s no secret that London Fashion Week is well known well as a capital of creativity, and for their eclectic style which contains edgy silhouettes, explosions of colour. Londoners’ tends to be more daring and extravagant compared to the New Yorkers. The city turns into a colorful carnival and despite London’s climatic reputation, they aren’t letting a little rain get in the way of their sartorial spirits. From punk rock to anti-fashion inspired pieces mixed with plenty of bright colours and textures, there is no doubt  that Londoners know how to make a strong entrance.

Here are some of the best street styles spotted during London Fashion week:

Sneakers with everything

Photo: Kuba-Dabrowski

It’s already known that sneakers aren’t just for the gym anymore and these fashionistas surely know how to pull it off. Sneakers can add a funky touch to any outfit and can create an effortless carefree look with a cool attitude.

Photo: JonarhanKuba-Dabrowski

Photo: Kuba-Dabrowski
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Frills and Ruffles

Lots of ruffles were spotted appeared on the streets of London during fashion week and it seems as if it will continue to be a massive hit for the upcoming season. The flirty detail has been seen on many garments, like multiple ruffles on the sleeves, whether if it’s on a jacket, dress or a top. We absolutely think it’s a perfect way to uplift any look.

Photo: Diego Zuko
Photo: Sandra Sumberg
Photo: Julian Boudet
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Dress over jeans

The 90s are still here and London street style definitely proves it. The “Drouser” was seen everywhere in the British capital, so don’t hesitate to adopt this trend and wear your maxi dress over a pair of blue jeans.

Photo: Sandra Sumberg
Photo: Getty Image
Photo: Sandra Sumberg
Photo: Diego Zuko

Punk Rock

Photo: withJulien Boudet

London’s punk rock roots definitely plays a role in their street style. During LFW ’17, We saw a lot of punk references, which seemed to be more inspired by 90s grunge than traditional punk. Brooches attached to denim jackets, chunky ankle boots, and chunky bangles all helped evoke a rock and roll vibe.

Photo: Nabil Quenum
Photo: Julien Boudet
Photo: Nabil Quenum

Mix and Match

From the catwalk to the street, the fashion industry is all about pushing its boundaries with the modern concept of mix and match. The new wave of eclecticism means that you can combine prints and texture without any rule, just follow your fashionable instinct.

Photo: Getty Image
Photo: Getty Image
Photo: Getty Image
Photo: Sandra Sumberg

Statement stripes

Bold stripes in any size are having their moment right now and it seems like Londoners are more than happy to adopt this bold trend. For a sporty cool vibe pair it with denim, or add a pair of classy heels for a fancier touch. This helps create a perfect contrast.

Photo: Sandra Sumberg
Photo: Sandra Sumberg
Photo: Styleograph
Photo: Styleograph

The extra long coat

From trench coats to coats made from velvet and wool, all of the fashionistas are wearing it extra long. The classic streamlined silhouette is feminine and flattering and it can also function as a transitional piece between seasons.

Photo: Sandara Sumberg
Photo: Sandara Sumberg
Photo: Sandara Sumberg
Photo: Diego Zuko

Bright fur coat

A colourful fur coat is a staple piece that can refresh any outfit and bring some fun attitude to your wardrobe, especially in the gloomy weather. Whether it’s a bright magenta, a lemon yellow or a mint green, the joyful maximalist coat is all you need to turn heads on your way to a fashion show.

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Photo: Diego Zuko
Photo: Jonathan Daniel Pryce
Photo: Kuba Dobrowski

LFW – Seduction and the look of love at Roland Mouret

“This collection is about living for the one you love, and taking the risks that you have to take for that love,” said Roland Mouret backstage right after the presentation of his Autumn/Winter 2017 collection at the National Theatre, in London.

It was grey Sunday when on the 20th anniversary of his career, the French designer returned to London, the city where he started his journey in the fashion industry. After that many times showcasing his collections in Paris, this was a paradox full of meaning, and he made it clearer when revealing “I had to come back to remember why I still love fashion and who I am as a designer.”

Minutes before the show started, an entire array of editors and big names from the industry couldn’t hide their excitement and expectation. Everybody was there, and, of course, the most VIP’s filled up the front row. Fashion oracles such as Tim Blanks and Suzy Menkes had their notebooks ready – and phone in Suzy’s case as she is a Social Media avid user -, and the founder of Net-A-Porter Natalie Massenet chatted with her friend Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council. The British Vogue team? None of the titans missed the show. A bench just for them where we were able to spot: the soon-to-be former Editor-in-Chief, Alexandra Shulman, Deputy Editor Emily Sheffield (who might be the one replacing Alexandra), Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers, and the incredibly stylish Sarah Harris, Fashion Features Director. All of them were there and, then, the show started.

The theme of the collection was, clearly, love and seduction, and elements from the iconic Galaxy dress were updated for 2017. Gold Diamond mesh knits, off-shoulder dresses, and metallic sheer knits were part of the reinterpretation of the dress that Roland Mouret designed ten years ago. Victoria Beckham, Cameron Díaz, Scarlett Johansson and Nigella Lawson, are part of the women who fell in love with the sexy confidence that the Galaxy has injected, and what remains intact in the designer’s work.

Is that confidence the result of the sense of utility and engagement that Roland Mouret has with the women that he designs for. The models looked strong and powerful as opposed to “foolish and stupid,” in Suzy Menkes’ words. Fluid and soft fabrics like hammered satin or velvet added the sophisticated touch to a collection made to celebrate maturity in love, and life. The colour palette ranged from dark shades like navy, charcoal or black, to Pacific blue, clementine, and silver.

With 38 looks, Roland Mouret also created a story about taking risks and being willing to face the best and worst on our journey. A contrast present in some pieces made out of double wool crepe coats, and wool twill jackets. Soft, yet stable.

The whole collection was a visual juxtaposition between seduction and serenity, and encapsulated the essential ingredients for anyone who dares to wear the look of love.

Photography Courtesy of London Fashion Week