Some of you may remember my report on how a London Fashion Week collection is made. But now, the show has begun.
Day 2 at London Fashion International was everything and more. I saw some of my dear designer friends take centre stage and bask is their well deserved glory. I feel blessed to know talents including Omar Mansoor, Lenie Boya and Yuvna Kim personally. Their creativity inspires me and their signature style keeps me simply enchanted with both their work as well as their unique individualities.
The entire presentation was one big show stopper. I was in awe of Daniel Syiem’s modern ethnic looks, Aga Couture’s unique aesthetic and Forever Devine’s forward thinking cocktail cuts.
Lenie Boya’s collection raised the roof. The medieval and theatrical references left everyone speechless. It was a delight to see a familiar face in her collection – Paralympic Medalist, Stefanie Reid. Stef walked for my catwalk show with Models of Diversity a few fashion weeks ago. Her appearance made my smile, as did Lenie’s bold fashion statements. I felt genuinely sad when this presentation came to an end; the whole audience was yearning for more.
Meanwhile, Yuvna Kim’s couture remains unparalleled. The extremely feminine shapes and signature intricate detail got all the Instagrammers snapping, #nofilterneeded. I fell in love with the candy pink knee-length dress as well as the pastel blue gown with cascading waves at the back, a creation worthy an ice queen, or any queen for that matter.
The designer whose collection was very dear to me was Omar Mansoor’s. Inspired by the works of Fabergé, the fall of Tsarist Russia and the rise of the Communist Party, the collection hopped from military aesthetics to royal cuts accentuated by gold and red embroidery. My personal favourite from the offering was the front lace jumpsuit – I am simply itching to wear it with one of Omar’s fantastic military hats. And tons of gold rings. That’s the Eastern European in me.
Thank you Fashion International for having me. I can’t wait to see what the next season brings.