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London Fashion Week SS16: Day 2
September 23, 2015
Before Julien Macdonald’s menswear triumph at LFW on Saturday (see it here) there was a more sombre start to the day back in the Brewer Street show space at Jasper Conran. In a collection that didn’t stray from white and green, simple dresses and separates were graphically detailed in stripes or botanical prints. The swampy tones: an algae-covered mirror-runway, the greens on the clothes and the mesmerising soundtrack gave a feeling of underwater tranquility that served as a refreshing offering of easy-to-wear pieces. Drama came in the form of layered-chiffon dresses – that shadowed and flowed with the models’ walks – and the glittering green finale.
Teeing off back in the Sixties, the models at Orla Kiely’s SS16 show were enjoying a spot of miniature golf. Psychedelic florals on pinafores, smocks, shifts, knitwear and coats spoke of the latter days of the decade, while white maxi-dresses and floral prints balanced out the bolder shapes to create a youthful throwback.
Palmer Harding’s SS16 collection went for a bolder statement. Moving on from the darkness and heaviness of winter, they showed bright pink, yellow and blue with whites. Natural yarns edged with paint, leather pencil-skirts, glitter and embellishment, with deconstructed jackets and shirts. The styling was the key here; a highlight of Saturday’s shows.
Words by Mikael Jack