Sometimes life gets random. Sometimes you are expected to play by the rules. And sometimes you abide. In your own way.
Omar Mansoor and I as well as the crew at London Fashion International were all invited by the World Congress of Overseas Pakistanis to a dinner with Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Lord President of the Council. It was a political evening which actually ended up being not about politics at all.
There I was sitting at a Pakistani event, speaking Russian to not one, not two but three other people who randomly sat at our table. The event was a celebration of a very unique element that not many cities other than London can offer – diversity in all of its glory.
While the event was televised, that did not put any pressure on our fashion crew. We were there listening to Nick Clegg’s speech and then chatting away, helping ourselves to the stunning cuisine that we were served with. It was SO GOOD. No, I feel I need to underline this a bit more: it was SO GOOD.
So when we weren’t papped from every side in front of the projectors on stage, we were having a laugh, cracking joke after joke and just generally having having a ball.
Speaking of balls – the dress code was gowns and suits. I abided. I came in a suit. I was the only woman in a manly suit. Best. Silent. Rebellion. Ever.
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.