I started the third day of London Fashion Week off with breakfast and strong coffee at The Delaunay, a beautiful European Cafe Restaurant next to the famous Carole King Musical, the perfect fuel needed to kick start my energy and keep me going for the remainder of this crazy week!
It was really nice and sunny, so I walked down the Strand, past the red phone boxes and red buses to Trafalgar Square and then on to the Mall. I tried to share the whole journey with you on my Snapchat so I hope that you liked it and enjoyed seeing such a beautiful part of London through my eyes. If you do ever come to visit London. then a great way to see all of that part is to take the tube to St Paul’s Cathedral, where you can then cross the Millenium Bridge over to the Tate Modern. After having admired the turbine halls and the view over the Thames from the cafe, you can take a boat along the river from in front of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare’s plays were first performed, all the way past the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament where you can disembark. From there you can see Big Ben and Westminster Abbey and then continue up to Trafalgar Square and then on up to Piccadilly Circus and China Town, or else take the direction that I was going and go down to the Mall and then on Buckingham Palace!
I was heading to the Mall because that morning I was invited by The Wolves to see Danielle Romeril‘s SS16 London Fashion Week Showcase. The setting was truly royal, below the large white houses looking out onto St James’s Park and under the large maple trees that often shade the royal guard. The anticipation outside was electric and I couldn’t wait to see a collection from such a talented and original designer, who’s label is currently supported by Topshop and the British Fashion Council under the NEWGEN scheme, a scheme who’s previous recipients include Alexander Mc Queen, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Simone Rocha, JW Anderson and Mary Katrantzou!
As some of you I am sure can tell from my Motril Trip Photo Diary I am absolutely obsessed with palms and lush green vegetation and flowers, so it was no wonder that I immediately fell in love with Danielle’s asymmetrical and layered silhouettes with palm prints with bold verdant colour palette, that really stood out and popped behind the dark black background of the show space. Inspired by a Jackie Nickerson photographic series documenting African farmers in their work attire and geometric and chromatic shots by Viviane Sassen, the improvised beauty of the draped dresses and the use of unexpected textures, including cutwork cotton layered over muslin and a jacquard embroidery resembling a rippling mass of flowers, were both elegant and undone. The colour palette was very bold but feminine and I loved the notting and flutted sleeves as they really added a level of sophistication to the pieces.
The whole outfits were really brought together by the incredible chunky soled shoes, a collaboration between Kickers and Danielle Romeril, that gave the whole collection a relaxed and sport vibe. Layers of cut raffia created a new summer fur contrasting against the sweetest of pink nubucks, while raw fray cut work leather combined with paint speckled or colour blocked rubber soles, perfect for any woman or girl who isn’t a “try hard” and very in keeping with Danielle’s most special pieces. The colours, pink lady, white black and vibrant green marry really emphasised the signature part punk part prim, vibrant yet relaxed look, making this collaboration not only a massive success but Danielle’s whole collection one of my favourite of the whole week.
The designs really transported me back to the summer, to a warmer and more exotic place and I would like to think that they would be high up on any travelling fashionista’s wishlist, because they are certainly high up on mine! My favourite look was the white and green dress with waist tie worn with the white leather Kickers. Which one is yours? Let me know!
Happy Sunday to all you amazing people, Abi xxx