The beginning of London Fashion Week, September 2013 saw the launch of multi-designer showcase Fashion International which included an array of extremely talented designers. You`ll love the diversity and the creativity that went into producing these amazing collections.
Mauritian-born London-based womenswear designer Yuvna Kim`s collections draw inspiration from cultural heritage and tradition, fused with cross-cultural references from across the Indian Ocean. For SS14, Kim presents BIJOUX, a line of exquisite nude and ivory eveningwear, which nods to 1920s French deco jewellery. Georgette gowns are intricately embroidered with crystals, beads and pearls, and frothy tulle skirts are embellished with delicate feathers. This extremely elegant range combines feminine silhouettes with the perfect amount of glitz for show stopping creations. The palette is kept neutral to really let the exquisite embellishment standout.
Womenswear designer Omar Mansoor is best known for his stand-out eveningwear which is infused with Eastern elements and for his SS14 line he takes us on a journey through the Golden Age of Opera. Inspired by the high drama of opera as well as by the opulent interiors of London`s Royal Opera House, the collection features gowns and cocktail dresses in rich velvets and Chantilly lace embellished with intricate filigree embroidery and sequins. Sleek silhouettes are presented in rich jewel tones, royal blue and black to keep things classic and wearable.
HOUSE OF MOBE
House of Mobe, which launched in 2010, is a design trio made up of Paulina Adeniran, Nancie Sam-Amoye and Johanet Soname. Their SS14 collection presents timeless cocktail dresses, gowns and tailored separates with an of the moment twist. Classic silhouettes are updated with a graphic look formed of clean construction and asymmetric cuts.
Eveningwear designer Dee Duce presents timeless pieces with contemporary hints for the modern day woman. Her designs are exclusively produced in the UK in ultra-limited runs to make the garments feel extra special and unique. The SS14 collection looks to 1920s and 1930s dressing for its long-lined and elegant silhouettes that hail the feminine form. The collection features sensual silk chiffon, organza and lace gowns in vibrant colour ways, updated with dramatic crystal applique embellishment.
Since his shortlist for the 2006 Next Generation Milan, Sardinian designer Gianni Lilliu has gone from strength to strength. His designs demonstrate exquisite tailoring techniques whilst celebrating the female form in contemporary stylish ways. Inspiration has been taken from sculptor David Begbie`s studies of steel and bronze mesh for Lilliu`s SS14 collection. He echoes Begbie`s intimate studies of the female form with structured crinoline pieces whose stark shapes are softened with the juxtaposition of fluid silks in soft, feminine cuts.
Eveningwear designer Wajahat Mirza celebrated the launch of his label this season at the Fashion International SS14 show. For his first collection, named EXOTICA, inspiration comes from the peregrine beauty of exotic birds. Mirza interprets this in this line by presenting playful pieces that feature intricate ruching, pleating and drapery in a riot of bold colours ranging from fuchsia, green, royal blue, red, orange, maroon and purple. Dip-dyed and reverse-dyed silks and chiffons are hand-embroidered with exquisite crystals, handmade flowers, zari, pipes and beads for the epitome of luxury.
Creative Director Agnieszka Klaput developed her design techniques from a young age, into the clean lined aesthetic that defines her label today. Debuting at London Fashion Week for SS14, AGA presents evening dresses and smart separates in a muted colour palette of white, brown, black and grey with hand-painted birds, embellished with crystal and beaded detailing. This allows the beautiful aspects to standout against a neutral background.
London based eveningwear designer brand Luna Sky specialises in stunning bespoke red carpet-worthy gowns and cocktail dresses that are characterised by their timeless aesthetic that compliment the feminine form. For SS14, the label takes inspiration from style icon Audrey Hepburn, presenting long-lined, fluid silhouettes that evokes elegance and grace. Ethereal gowns are intricately hand-embellished or detailed with delicate laser cutting, and classic separates assist an easy transition from day to night.