FRIENDS ZONE! ASHLEY WILLIAMS AW15

Posted on February 24, 2015

If Fashion Week’s taught us one thing other than which length skirt to wear this season (that’s the mini, FYI) – it’s about friendship. Front rows have been filled with chums – see Christopher Bailey’s posse of Sam Smith, Kate and co, plus ultimate model mates ‘CaKe’ (that’s Cara and Kendall) at Unique. Shows have been dedicated to loved ones who’ve passed away, street stylers have been matching their outfits and even fashion’s harshest critic Alex Fury got all sentimental in his Daily column, talking about the humanity in fashion: it’s about people looking after each other.

Of course, it helps if you count those friends as Georgia May Jagger and Alexa Chung – both of whom came out to support NEWGEN designer Ashley Williams today. Georgia walked in the show, along with fellow model mates Alice Dellal and Harriet Verney, while Alexa and Pixie Geldof were there to represent ‘Funky Offish’ (that’s the term they coined with Ashley for their off-beat style), and practically bundled the designer with cuddles and congratulations after the show.

Even Ashley’s clothes were inspired by female friendship. “It’s about the girls,” she told us. “The one’s you hang out with – the one you want to have your back. The one who slapped her guy.” And what do these ever-protective girlfriends wear? This season it’s PVC, pink shearling, intergalactic crystals and ’90s skater-inspired motifs; if you want to be in Ashley’s gang, it’s about looking the part too. As one of her prints spells out: “Improve your image. Be seen with me. Who wouldn’t want to be?”

Words: Holly Swayne. Images: Jason Lloyd Evans

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LONDON FASHION WEEK: #LIVETRENDS DAY 3

Posted on February 23, 2015

Day 3 saw some serious trend action rolling in on Twitter. Here’s our round-up of what was hot on the street yesterday…

MINI SKIRTS
The return of the knee-high boot has cemented the mini skirt as an all-weather favourite. Choose from leather, velvet and suede and team with cropped, chunky outerwear.

BELTED WAIST
Cinch it ’70s style this season and belt a longline tailored jacket over retro printed pieces.

STRIPES
Spotted on the Jonathan Saunders catwalk and the street, stripes are back in a big way. Ditch your breton for vertical candy stripes and mismatch with clashing prints.

Want to see more of our incoming #LiveTrends? Head here.

Words: Charlotte Lauren Wood. Rhiannon Wastell. Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans.

 

JONATHAN SAUNDERS TASTES THE RAINBOW

Posted on February 23, 2015

Backstage at his AW15 show, we chatted colour, women and business with fashion’s favourite Scot…

Jonathan Saunders placed a rainbow of Pantone pillars down the centre of the Tate Britain yesterday, a catwalk fitting for a designer dubbed the King of Colour. And colour there was. From bold blocks to sash-effect stripes and psychedelic swirls, his AW15 collection went back to his colour blocking roots – mixed with this season’s ubiquitous ’70s mood and a healthy measure of space-age mod. The result? Clothes we, quite simply, just want to wear. We fought through the crowds of adoring editors backstage to find out just how Jonathan knows what women want.

What was your starting point for AW15?

What happened with Louise Wilson [passing away] made me go back and really look at my first ever collection, when she taught me on the Central Saint Martin’s MA. I wanted to remember what it felt like – the reason why I started all this. So it was a very emotional thing. This collection was about going back to the core of my brand.

And what is that core? 

It’s feminine, it’s modern and it’s colourful. My aim is to create clothes for women that they wouldn’t normally buy into – it’s about getting out of your comfort zone.

How did colour play a part this season?

I love the way women react to colour – how my many amazing girlfriends can buy a magenta sweater and interpret it in their own way. That’s what I get excited by – it’s about how colour makes you feel.

Do you think people find colour difficult to wear?

Definitely. But I think it shows confidence. It’s about making choices, making yourself stand out.

Did the Tate Britain setting inspire you?

I referenced art a lot. Spent time researching the work of Allen Jones, Daniel Buren and Bridget Riley (who I’ve never quite liked – but obviously now I do!). Martin Creed too – a fellow Scotsman – he loves colour. I’ve been dying to meet him!

The collection felt quite space-age. What inspired that?

There was definitely a [Stanley] Kubrick feel. But I reinterpreted that sort of modern space cadet by making sure it wasn’t overly structured. All the fabrics were wools and crepes – fabrics that are easy to wear. So it didn’t feel overly architectural.

You recently announced a new business partnership [with Eisha Bharti Pasricha] – how will that change the brand?

It’ll all take time, but we’ve got some really exciting things planned. It’s an amazing partnership – she’s a wonderful woman. She really believes in a brand being true to itself, supporting designers and their creativity.

How important is the business side of things to you?

It adds a structure that can take my design to the next level. It means you’re not just sat in a room making clothes – you have to work as hard as you possibly can to make it viable as a business. There are so many exciting things I’m going to start dong, like accessories. That’ll be tomorrow’s meeting!

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Words: Holly Swayne. Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans.

3 THINGS WE LOVED ABOUT OSMAN AW15

Posted on February 23, 2015

Osman’s return to London Fashion Week heroed the creme de la creme of his moorish designs. Structured signature silhouettes, sumptuous colour palettes and fabrics we’d be happy to roll around in all day long, in short, he totally nailed it. Here’s three things that we seriously fell for:

RED ALL OVER 

The one time NEWGEN recipient talked about his colour palette as an “exercise in constraint” focussing only on black, ice cool white and a spectrum of red. It was the latter’s bold post-box hue that had caused us a sharp intake of breath. Whether it was crimson doused onto simple sheath-like-gowns or marbled jackets with shades from garnet to ruby.

DAZZLE, DAZZLE, DAZZLE

There’s been no shortage of texture mash-ups at LFW and Osman brought his own twist on this by pairing delicate lace with plasticised quilted leather and a cut-out dress of sheer silk encrusted with beads. Front-row ooh-ing and aah-ing ensued.

HALF-SOCK-HALF-TIGHT

Sheer pop socks are having a real moment on the street (the Topshop office has seen many a girl rocking her Jordans with a slip of a tight) and it was interesting to see Osman turn this casual look supremely chic by pairing them with stiletto heels and furry booties.

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A MODEL FRONT ROW

Posted on February 23, 2015

Our Unique show always kills it with the model line-up, and this season was no exception with the likes of Malaika Firth, Sam Rollinson and Charlotte Wiggins rocking the Tate Britain catwalk. But for AW15 there were even more supers sitting front row, (they’re our friends too, you see). Check out the models who scored an invite.

CARA DELEVINGNE & KENDALL JENNER

Fresh from partying in Tokyo (Cara) and working New York Fashion Week (Kendall), the BFFs were reunited on the Unique front row. The girls sat side by side next to Uncle Phil, before heading out together for an after party with Taylor Swift. That’s the life.

HARLEY VIERA-NEWTON & EMILY RATAJKOWSKI

You’ll probably recognise her from modelling in that Blurred Lines vid – but Emily Ratajkowsli was happy to take a break from work at our show, sitting next to fellow model (and DJ) Harley Viera-Newton. “It’s totally relaxing to just sit and enjoy the collection,” she told us at the Topshop Cafe. “Much more fun than walking!”

DAISY LOWE, ALEXA CHUNG & PIXIE GELDOF

Daisy’s been everywhere on the LFW scene this season, (which might explain the awesome shades she rocked on the front row) and Topshop was next on her list – catching up with fellow It-models Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof.

JOURDAN DUNN

She walked for us last season in sporty colour block stripes, but this time Jourdan got a well earned rest. We can’t wait for her Pre-Fall Unique outfit to hit stores soon.

ERIN O’CONNOR & JASMINE GUINNESS

It wasn’t just the new supers we invited. Long-standing faces like Erin O’Connor and Jasmine Guinness added pedigree. “It felt very posh indeed! It’s like being on holiday!” Erin said of being front row. “Walking is so institutional for me, I love it, but equally of course it’s nice to sit and catch up with friends – I don’t get to see anyone at the moment because I’ve just had a baby!”

YASMIN AND AMBER LE BON

Our set wouldn’t be complete without a mother-daughter model duo. Amber looked a chip of the old block with her long band-girl hair and a pastel biker. Serious family crush.

Love the models outfits? Shop the front row coming soon…

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