Marques'Almeida ruffles feathers at LFW
Marques'Almeida's frill-filled Spring/Summer 16 collection mixed feminine fairytale with sexy sheer designs.
The label, helmed by Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, infused London Fashion Week with a shot of romanticism earlier today (22Sep15). Models floated down the runway in ruffled designs, with one stunning in a floor-length white frilly dress that swept the floor. Another featured a dress of sheer ruffles, in a flesh tone. Sleeves covered the hand, adding to the haunting, ethereal feel.
There were more modern takes on ruffles too; denim was utilised for tops and short dresses, while a fringed pair of jeans and cropped denim jacket wouldn't look out of place at a festival.
Anya Hindmarch also showed today, using the British high street as the influence for her Spring/Summer 16 collection.
The logos of building society Nationwide, department store John Lewis, childrenswear store Mothercare and chemists Boots all adorned various garments, including bags, knitwear and leotards. The emblems were either blown up to cover a garment, like a blue Nationwide jacket with a matching bag, or used multiple times like on a chic grey-and-blue Mothercare jumper.
The English fashion-and-accessories designer is known for her quirky designs, so her nod to quintessentially British stores was no surprise.
An '80s theme ran throughout too, with geometric prints featuring on many of the pieces. One model wowed in a long-sleeved leotard which matched her teal-and-white geometric rucksack.
An abstract, mirrored runway also added to the fun, giving off a kaleidoscopic effect - it gave the illusion there were three of each model.
Amanda Wakeley put on a more subdued presentation, with a mostly monochrome collection.
That's not to say her new offerings were boring through. Models wore an array of sophisticated designs, with garments like floor-length silky gowns and billowing shirts teamed with trousers giving a classic feel to the warmer months.
London Fashion Week comes to an end today (22Sept), with Ryan Lo closing proceedings. Fashion Week then moves to Milan, with Gucci, Alberta Ferretti and Fausto Puglisi all showing tomorrow (23Sept).