Heavily influenced by the 90s, especially by Kylie’s cult classic Confide in Me (which I heard eerily playing in the background during the presentation), this is an Antipodium collection that hits all the right notes, Mariah Carey style.
The theme of the presentation was Women on a Mission, after all the 90s are synonymous with Girl Power where anything goes when it comes to fashion. Ugly-fugly shoes? Yes. Oversized everything? Tick. Too skimpy? Please. Glam? Help yourself. Shoulder pads? Why not. Super stilettos? Give me more. This definitely echoes in Antipodium’s collection. From silver nail varnish to heroin chic hair and very 90s cuts and styling, I started to feel I was in the middle of Queen’s You Don’t Fool Me video. I felt twelve again.
This doesn’t mean that the collection looked totally vintage, in fact it didn’t at all. The inspiration was evident but the choice of fabrics, prints and colours all screamed modern, current, 2015.
Antipodium’s collection was not the only one that had the 90s lurking in its shadows – this era has cemented its place in street style as well as an array of high street collections this fall. Nobody is wondering why, it’s a period of time we just can’t let go of. I can still recite all the lyrics to Wannabe and chances are I am in the majority.
Ok Britney, Katy, Justin, here’s how denim couture is done. That was the phrase I walked in with and walk out of Faustine Steinmetz’s Spring Summer 2015 presentation. This is the sort of denim that is remastered, reworked and even redefined.
I’d compare this collection to that old cassette you had since the early 90s only it being digitally remastered. It was great then but now it has become beyond comparison in terms of sound and quality.
It’s true, Faustine’s aesthetic is something you can’t compare to that of any other designers’ at LFW. There’s no one out there with quite the same vision and design.
Despite the presentation being in a dark room with dimmed lights, the innovation and originality managed to shine through. I even pictured myself wearing one of Faustine’s distressed denim woven jackets, her tough jewellery designs stacked up with a coloured leather pencil skirt. That was enough to put a smile on my face.
Disclaimer: I apologise in advance for all of the bee puns. I was in an exceptionally good mood when writing this and they just kept on coming. Let’s bee adult about this and let it go. There I went again.
Oh my. There were so many Queen Bee puns I was willing to come up with but then I thought I’d just mind my own beeswax. That’s two out of the way now.
This is probably the most fun and humorous collection I witnessed this LFW. After all, butterflies for summer have been overdone in the noughties, and spider/bug motifs sound too Autumn-Winter. Yes, the insect kingdom has its own fashion seasons.
So that leaves us with the black and yellow beezzzz-zzzz-zzzz as there’s enough flies and mosquitoes around in summer even without them being printed on clothing. Also, the latter are just not that inspiring, unless you are shooting a sci-fi/horror flick.
Back to the bees-ness. While a whole range of designers focused on deconstructing pieces, Hakaan did the opposite – constructed silhouettes, defined shapes and lively colours were what made the collection sweeter than honey.
A particular favourite of mine was the yellow fringed skirt – what a killer sting look that would make paired with a classic white or beige silk top or even crisp white shirt.
The final look (and the look that closed LFW this season) was a fantastic take on the classic full length evening dress. A particularly stunning piece made unforgettable by adding a beehive-skirt effect, quite literally.
In the humour stakes this collection reminded me of the time Prada sent banana earrings down her catwalk to a roaring success.
Hakaan Yildirim’s collection made me want winter to really hurry up and get over and done with as there are stunning pieces to be worn that would make me nothing short of the bee’s knees.