Holly Fulton was all smiles at her show during London Fashion Week earlier today, dressed in her own designs as usual. And with her latest collection, which evoked a prolonged applause and plenty of praise from the audience, she has much to be proud of. Certainly no Fulton collection would be complete without her intricate, hand-drawn patterns. And her Fall 2014 collection was no different with obvious references to the designer’s two loves: Art Deco and Pop Art. Bold, geometric Art Deco motifs were splashed almost everywhere Pop Art wasn’t, and the pattern matching worked well with softer patterns popping up in the form of flowers and butterflies. The color scheme was a success as well, with Fulton’s favorite demure look of black and white, along with splashes of vibrant red and soft blues. The bold Pop Art patterns of large hands—nails painted red—clutching a cell phone here and a handbag there were unexpected, but achieved a meeting point between retro and modern, bold yet demure. Cocktail dresses revived an era of excitement and change; the roaring ’20s were reinterpreted through flapper-like silhouettes, dropped waists and halter necklines. Other dresses were more modern with embellished high necks, cutouts, sweetheart bust lines and sheer, illusion necklines. Bold tulip hemlines created a unique silhouette below spaghetti straps and Art Deco detailing. A line of pleated skirts paired with pullovers set the stage for the final look that seems to sum up the collection perfectly. A simple, red short-sleeve jersey tucked neatly into a geometric patterned full skirt with a sheer black overlay and flower appliqués — exactly the look that makes Holly (and everyone) smile so brightly. — Watch the Holly Fulton LFW AW14 show here.
Dark disco meets Catholic schoolgirl meets DJ glam at the latest KTZ show at London Fashion Week. As cool remixes vibrate through the runway space, which is filled with avid fans dressed in the most outlandish of KTZ ensembles (all clearly confidently eccentric), a bold, untouchable vibe was established from the get-go. Designer duo Marjan and Sasko sent a lineup of hooded, bedazzled divas down the catwalk that confirmed the collective energetic strength in the room. Coining a new place where light meets dark—where bouncy, full flare skirts are paired with bold, rocker-chic hoods—we can’t help but adore the duality on the runway. And considering Sasko’s long history as a DJ, it’s safe to say that music culture has at least partly inspired this one—if not all of them. For Fall 2014 the draws of a tribal aesthetic that was so evident in their last collection, along with the lovely geometric patterns,was accompanied by plenty of tassels, and of course, even more embellishments. Bomber jackets, some sporty and others formal, were a large part of the collection, and were contrasted by delicate, mosaic-patterned sheer tunics. The tribal soldier is a major standout piece, covered essentially from head to toe with sizable embellishments, broad shoulders, and fitted trousers, only relenting around the waist with a sheer peplum flare. But a closer look reveals the pattern of the sun, moon, stars, and the galaxy, suggesting that perhaps this soldier is from outer space. Whatever the case, this collection was an eccentric mix of chic, sporty, extravagant, elegant, and overall, was collectively out of this world.
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