Returning to London Fashion Week for their 7th season as a partner event of the London Design Festival for the fourth consecutive year Untold gives people from the fashion industry a chance to see work from a mix of emerging designers.
The show was amazing and it was great to see such diverse styles and ideas from the designers – Tijana & Mila Popovic, Ross Paul Keenan, Eki Orleans, Karla Sabina, Jasmine Howard-Evans and Ricardo Ramos.
Tijana & Mila Popovic
Taking their inspiration from interior design, sisters Tijana and Mila Popovic gave a fantastic range of beautifully constructed clothing that showed off the models figures perfectly. Adding drama and a gothic feel with black lace over the eyes and netting detail on some of the garments gave the collection a quirky edge. There were a few feminine touches too like the butterflies on the black strapless dress, flashes of colour and the floral brown and blue jumpsuit which I absolutely loved!
Ross Paul Keenan
Ross Paul Keenan was the winning entrant of the Untold competition which invites students or graduates of the current year to submit their story and images of a capsule collection with the prize of a sponsored showcasing opportunity at the seasonal catwalk show. I can understand why he won when I saw his collection showcase at Untold Season VII. His urban edgy suits were a breath of fresh air from the usual styles you see on the runways. He was inspired by working on Savile Row and how everything was done by the book, wanting to rebel against the menswear tailoring that has stayed unchanged for so long. From the different angles and lengths of the jackets and waistcoats to the subtle flashes of colour, Ross` take on menswear was such a pleasure to see!
Stunning vibrant colours and bold prints could be seen throughout Eki Orleans` Collection. Her inspiration comes from traditional West African patterns which mixed well with the feminine draping and folds of the dresses. Perfect pieces for a holiday in the sun!
Gorgeous statement necklaces from Karla Sabina had a real vintage-esque feel. The choker style made them stand out against the simple yet sexy black dresses. Each one was different from the last featuring a range of styles, colours and materials but all still beautiful. The bags that featured on the catwalk were unusual but so stunning. The sea shell designs mixed with pearls looked amazing together and really worked!
The quirky use of colours and prints really gave Jasmine Howard-Evans` Collection a retro feel. I loved the highwaisted trousers paired with the cropped tops. The materials used were also gorgeous, giving off a subtle sheen in the light. Jasmine looked at 1940s utility wear, aeroplanes and birds for inspiration which are apparent in the bold coloured jumpsuit.
De Leon by Ricardo Ramos
I adored the use of prints, fabrics and earthy colours used in Ricardo Ramos` De Leon Collection. Taking inspiration from India the clothes were versatile, chic and stylish. The shift dresses were definitely a favourite of mine and the creative use of textures, such as feathers, were amazing. Metallic threads, checks and stripes could be seen throughout the womenswear with the men`s range utilising the same materials. The men`s collection consisted of comfortable, slouchy, traditional Dhoties and Lungies and shirts with functional, hidden pockets which went well with the colours.
After the show had finished, night had settled over London and we all enjoyed Pimm`s and cupcakes on the balcony and reflected on the amazing talented designers – a perfect way to end the night!