There are quite a few collections that have deeper meanings, references and subliminal messages at London Fashion Week. Every now and again I simply yearn for a collection that signifies nothing but a joyous celebration of life and style from around the globe. Thankfully, this is exactly what Fashion International stands for, so myself and my fellow show-goers could just sit back, relax, sip on some Vita Coco and enjoy the show.
It was amazing to see designers from my native Baltics such as Bernhard Dyne and Cube Estonia as well as talents from India, South Africa and Nigeria display their creations.
There were a few show stoppers for me: The exquisite hand embroidered gown, the stunning sheer, floral coat both by Megha Grover were out-of-this-world. Back on planet Earth, the white and lime silk dress by Bernhard Dyne illustrated a beautiful, nonchalant yet sophisticated way to look head-turning on a hot, sunny day.
Interestingly, the label’s name, Bernhard Dyne, is not synonymous with the designer’s name. Liilia Aunapuu, the mastermind behind the brand told me that “the name Bernhard was picked to honour my grandfather, and Dyne is a Greek symbol that represents power, modernity and unity”. It’s worth remembering the brand’s name if you love silk dresses, especially the kind that feel like a warm summer night’s embrace.
Another design that I simply adored was the backless black, green and gold printed gown by Luxury by Feyi. Whoever ends up owning this piece of unforgettable couture simply needs to schedule in a dramatic evening event into their calendar to do it justice.
The designers that showcased their creations also included Felix Bendish, Sun Goddess South Africa, Samaira Ghani and Karen Gold. All of them showcased pieces that were impossible to forget: Karen Gold’s versatile electric blue jacket, Samaira’s modern-traditional pieces, Felix’s quirky and very Lacroix-like dresses and Sun Goddess’ ethnic couture. Be sure to add these designer names to your to-watch list. We’ll be seeing much more of them around. Very soon.