Literary buzzing about today. Also sick as a puppy. So let’s create the scene… in the shower, I’m hanging off of the nozzle, trying to convince myself I’m not bleeding from my eyes. Let’s just say the Mexican dinner got a little out of hand when the tequila came out. I need someone to wash me, rub my head and whisper that everything is going to be alright. There’s the foggy memory of a taxi, chasing a cat and my neighbour looking at me with a mixture of despair, sadness and longing. Then this moment now.
Clothed, coffeed and coiffured, I’m on the Northern line and heading to two presentations in the London Collection today. I’ve got my Ally Capellino bag on my lap, barren, save for a note pad and pencil to write. My Eyevan 7725’s are on my face, focusing my eyes on the advert for water aid. I’m thirsty and ruing leaving that bottle of water on the bus.
First stop; The Strand for the Berthold presentation, which I was keen to see after the LCFBA16 previews a few weeks back. I didn’t really know much about Berthold before. There’s been some noise about them making moves in London, and something about their clothes having an incredible trim, but had never come across them personally.
At this point I’m just keen to get the champagne in me and get a seat that isn’t slamming itself through a tunnel.
Immediately noticeable is the slickness of SS17 collection. A superb trim hems slim collars and straight cut trousers. Unfitted and loose, there seems to be air sewn into their seams.
Double fitted cardigans sashay around those complementary pastels. Stylish, carefree, swish. I’m reminded of Dubai summers, thick black sunglasses and palatial, air conditioned walkways.
The collection could well be called “silhouettes”. Long draping coats create this sort of hollow man style. Genderless future fabrics that seems straight out of The Fifth Element. I half expect Milla Jovovic to come falling through the ceiling, panting, running through the fire exit.
I don’t think the designer agreed, judging by the look he gave me when I explained the scenario, but the champagne has stirred something cinematic inside of me and I’m lost in another one of those day long Lumière dreams.
Slim yet loose fitting, Berthed are a brand to keep your eyes open for. The iPhone did not like the lighting of the presentation, so check out the SS17 collection here.
STYLING | Jason Hughes at LGA Management HAIR | Alexander Soltermann using Bumble and Bumble MAKE-UP | Ciara O’Shea at LGA Management NAILS | Saffron Goddard CASTING | Sarah Bunter SET | Justyna Kabala SOUND | KRL (Wolf Music) PRODUCTION | Blonstein PRESS | VILLAGE
After a fine feast of Itsu and a quick change of clothes, we headed over to Sommerset House for our final presentation of the day from Qasimi, last on the agenda from Village (we love you guys!).
‘Videogames Wars’ is the title of their collection, inspired by the Gulf war and contemporary architecture. Mixing these two ideas together to create clothes sounds outrageous, but it works. Pastels seem to hark back to the colours of the dessert. Blasted peaches and sandy yellows, free flowing lines breeze like fabrics strewn on the dunes.
The Spring/ Summer 2017 collection looks at the current political landscape through the eyes of a young boy. The loss of innocence.
If I’m honest, I don’t see it. But regardless, I like what I do see.
Colours are a mixture of green tint, summer glory, pirate black and stone blue. Stood atop a metallic platform, resembling a fallen wing, we see the models borne in soft tone to a future time.
STYLING | Andres Solvsten Thomsen HAIR & GROOMING | Ben Jones using Bumble and Bumble CASTING | Shelly Durkan SET DESIGN | Andrea Cellerino MUSIC | Jonjo Jury PRESS | VILLAGE
To see too the images of the collection, please click here.
Relaxed silhouettes and subtle military nods, Qasimi are on our radar in a big way. This evening’s shenanigans will remain undocumented, but tomorrow’s post might be a little delayed.