On the first day of London Fashion Week AW16 I attended two “presentation” style shows – Michael Azu and Jessie Western. These were part of the On|Off Event schedule, which took place in the Vinyl Factory – a really cool underground venue used for diverse events in fashion and art. I really enjoyed how casual the set up was at this event – there were no seats so it made the whole thing feel very relaxed yet still professional, as you could wander around while waiting for the show to start.
The Jessie Western show was extremely interesting – it had a clear inspiration from Native America, which was evident in all aspects of the looks. The aim of the show was to “celebrate the craftsmanship of the American artists Jessie Western have supported” in the past, by using Native American hand crafted sterling silver jewellery, and hand woven materials. When the presentation started the models came out and stood in front of a backdrop designed as a Native American scene. The use of colour in these looks was admirable – a beautiful combination of reds, browns and blues. I particularly enjoyed the look which incorporated a black fringed dress with a wide rimmed black hat, combined with an abundance of silver jewellery and chains. Fringe was definitely prominent in this collection and won’t be disappearing any time soon. Overall, this show was very impressive and I can’t wait to wear some of the colours!
Next stop was the Michael Azu footwear show, which also didn’t disappoint. At this show there were about 25 pairs of beautiful shoes on display for us to examine and admire – and I definitely admired them! Many of these heels incorporated rusty orange and red hues and many straps, which gave a beautiful finish, while some heeled ankle boots used more of a play on colours and patterns. A particular favourite of mine were pink ankle boots with a galaxy pattern effect, which used a juxtaposition of a soft pink and a hard purple for a really nice finish. Many of these boots also continued the strap theme, with thin straps and small buckles running across the top. There were so many pairs of shoes I loved here, definitely going on my wish list!
Stay Tuned for London Fashion Week Day 2 tomorrow!