Gowns & Imperial Romance at Fashion International Show – LFW Day 2

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My second day at London Fashion was almost finished but not quite yet because at 7.30pm I had the Fashion International SS16 London Fashion Week Show which was being held at the Amba Hotel in Charring Cross! I was loosing my voice, because of course Fashion Week would be the one week where I would get sick (but I guess at least I now had the sexy husky voice as well as the runny nose) and my feet had taken a pounding from wearing heels for the past two days but I was very excited and hurried towards Trafalgar Square.

The Amba Hotel is right at the heart of London, in an incredible location, right opposite Nelson’s Column that stands tall in the middle of Trafalgar Square, opposite the National Portrait Gallery. The venue was very glamorous with red carpets, large marble sailing staircases and beautiful high ceiling with chandeliers and ornate plaster work. An incredible place to host a Fashion Show and I was super grateful to Pop Pr for inviting me! 🙂

The one thing I really love about going to see multi-designer shows is the great variety of designs that you get to see and this time was no exception. 6 incredible international designers, all with very different styles, showcased their collections and then afterwards I got to go to the VIP drinks and after party where models walked around in the runway designs and TV crews interviewed the designers. The ambiance was lovely and the whole affair was very elegant. The VIP after party was pretty amazing and I got to see the dresses up close, the Paralympic athlete Stefanie Reid and there were definitely some BFF goal moments, but I was there on my own and most of the people seemed to have come with someone so I although I would of liked to of stayed longer I ended up leaving quite early 😦 Do any of you have any tips for if you have to go to a party on your own? Are you brave enough to go up to a group of people and just talk to them? And if so, what is your secret? Share it with meeeh 🙂

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I didn’t have a lot of battery so I couldn’t get too many pictures, plus I wasn’t in the best spot but I have been sent the photos of my favourite designs taken by Sahid Malik and some of the pictures below are curtesy of the respective designers themselves, so I will share those along with the ones that I took from the show and the private party. I hope you like them, Abi xxx

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Yuvna Kim

For me Yuvna Kim’s haute couture bespoke gowns were the most beautiful pieces of the whole night. They were timelessly elegant, something to treasure and pass to the next generation. I am a massive fan of 1920s flapper girl fashion and these dresses, showcased in such a beautiful venue really reminded me of the Gatsby era. With beautiful beading, large feathered trains and the use sheer embroidered fabric, these dresses had an incredible wow factor and in my mind, would be the dream dress for any special occasion.

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Omar Mansoor

The mood definitely shifted with Omar’s beautiful Imperial Romance Collection hit the catwalk. The name on everybody’s lips was undoubtedly Omar Mansoor, when this collection proved to be a particularly memorable success. The designs were really strong, constructed with hues of white and ivory depicting with white and gold silk flowers, the peace post Russia’s revolution, a period of history that made the Russian fashion adjust to the new Communist norms, which condemned everything “bourgeois” and extraordinary. Both pre revolution Tsarist Autocracy and the rise of the revolution could be seen with Faberge imperial eggs inspired motifs and military insignia and caps, the end of revolution peace is shown with white and gold silk flowers.

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Lenie Boya

These designs were really unique and I loved the use of the sumptuous metallic fabric. The use of 3D shapes and cut out panels really made these designs pop, pushing the boundaries of 2D wear and gave them a very modern edge. Entitled “Dramatique”, Lenie’s predominantly monochrome collection oozed sophistication and was aimed at women who want to ‘confidently articulate their individuality’. Whilst I liked the use of bold silver buckles and high neck ruffles which made me think of a modern interpretation of Elizabethan costume, I loved the final dress and sawn design. It was wonderful that Paralympic athlete Stefanie Reid became the first British amputee to model at London fashion week, when she opened Lenie Boya’s show at the Amba Hotel. Sophie de Oliveira Barata of the Alternative Limb Project designed a bespoke blade prosthesis featuring a chandelier, which Reid will wore in the show.

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Forever Devine

These designs were very beautiful and elegant with the talent of these pieces lying in their simplicity and easy sophistication. Definitely one of the most wearable of all the collections, I really enjoyed seeing such lovely very ethereal and angelic dresses. I really liked the dark blue ballroom skirts and the jewelled encrusted open blazers that really gave these elegant pieces a modern red carpet edge.

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Daniel Syiem

Embodying my favourite hippy chic style, this collection inspired by the rich cultural heritage of the North-East of India was truly beautiful. These great designs showed great use of construction technique and the beautiful yellow and ocre vegetable dyes, with the use of the hand woven material “Ryndia” created an earthy simplicity which really defined this great ethnic collectionl. I really loved how each outfit was really brought together by the John Lennon style sunglasses and casual head pieces, adding a really cool, bohemian vide to the whole collection. Probably one of the most interesting of all the collections of the night and a designer with immense talent and a potential for global hipster appeal.

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Aga Couture London

A beautiful collection of luxurious dresses and rompers, which really had the wow factor. Silk and golden hues with great lace detalles, flowing net trains and mesh panelling, these designs were both feminine and elegant. I really liked the romantic flowing fabrics which came back in at the ankles and wrists with detailed hand embroidery and the odd pop of exotic bright red that really contrasted with the white of the dresses. The silhouettes were very feminine and flattering, perfect for smart everyday wear, the playsuits and shorter dresses were the perfect outfits to transition from the day into the night.

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