This season Fashion East didn’t disappoint with its emerging authenticated talented new designers showcasing their abilities at the highest standards. This season Fashion East showcased compelling collections from Mowalola, Robyn Lynch and Stefan Cooke.
Nigeria born designer Mowalola’s erotic collection ‘exposed’ explored the concept of exposure, in both a physical way, by showing your skin or in a psychological way, by making yourself vulnerable, Mowalola expressed this concept through the composition of her designs. The collection consisted of pulsating pieces exploring sexuality through peeled down the waistband on trousers to sit just above the crotch on men, composed of leather, satin and glossy vibrant materials. The womenswear consisted of barely-there minis and cut-away tops accompanied with Louboutin thigh high boots. Nappa trenches and pebbled calfskin jackets were printed with features of erotic nudist prints from the talented photographer Lea Colombo. The textures included glossy like the skin exposed by the cute away tops and trousers, infused with colour and tie die patterns.
In contrast, the Irish born designer Robyn Lynch showcased her first AW19 collection, inspired by her Fathers GAA Dublin career. Lynch’s ready to wear vibrant menswear collection incorporated colouring clocking of moss green, brilliant white and cobalt green which was the colour of Dublin’s GAA team. Lynch presented practical contemporary pieces, including 100% waterproof zip-up jackets made from ventile cotton create practicality and sharpness in silhouette. The collection also consisted of nylon high waisted trackpants, merino wool zip sweaters, nylon knit jumpers, completed with logo backpacks slung over one shoulder. I particularly liked how bold the pieces where and they could be taken straight off the runway to wear for everyday casual wear.
Finally showcasing their last collection with Fashion East, Stefan Cooke and Jake Burt closed the show. This season Cooke and Burt homed in on a studio 54 glamour intertwined with British tweed and their signature techniques of ghost printing, creating flash photography motifs such as lace, vintage doilies and tassels, creating low-fi glamour. The collection consisted of masculine tweed style jackets, alongside extended length trenches; accompanied by tailored trousers with signature diamond shaped pockets. I was particularly fascinated by the intricate detail of the knitted jumpers, carefully crafted with cut away diamond shapes.
Photos // Fashion East
Words // Ellie Mose – Fashion Assistant