Charlotte Knowles and partner Alexandre Arsenault opened the show with their compelling SS19 collection, inspired by futuristic science-fiction films and heightened with sentimental seaside summers. The ready-to-wear collection is focussed on the active empowering woman, showcasing dresses, lycra shorts, jackets and tied halter neck swimwear pieces layered with flared low-raise denim jeans. The collection homed in on the British summer, with patterns of, feminine blossoms, gingham, tartan, and a recurrent distorted sea lion fish print. This was a vibrant collection, with pieces reminding me of the 90s and early 2000s style.
Yuhan Wang then presented her ‘Woman indoors’ collection, inspired by the way woman dress to hide their bodies and with a desire to explore the language of déshabillé. The collection consisted of floor length dresses, skirts and blouses, composed of light satin silk and semi sheer print jersey, hand drawn by Wang. The composition of the dresses created beautifully feminine silhouettes, while some of the pieces included small cut-outs to reveal skin, creating a look of the dress being gently prized apart. The collection was completed within warm pastel tones and prints, of blush pink, mellow yellow, powder blue and creams.
Asai then closed the show with his alluring collection ‘Napalm Girl,’ captured by Nick Ut in a haunting image of the depictions of war in Vietnam. The collection captured the essence of love and strength overcoming the destruction of war, with compelling silhouettes, military green and camouflage pieces juxtaposing with the vibrant red, orange and yellow tones, alongside white and cream pieces that resemble the concept of surrender. This was my favourite collection and I loved the composure of dresses, shirts, trousers and jackets were so intricately designed. I also loved the patterns, especially neon green camouflage printed onto delicate crimped shifting trousers. This was a ready-to-wear collection which produced a piece for every possible occasion.
Photos // Chris Yates
Words // Ellie Mose – Fashion Assistant