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London Fashion Week SS17 show reports part 1

18 Sep 2016

Clio Peppiatt

Fingerless gloves have never looked so good. The London-based designer, known for her bold cartoon prints covered in cute appliqué, has got our hearts racing again with this season’s collection “Fast Women”. At the presentation for Peppiatt’s SS17 collection, inspired by motorsports and drag races, the models were clad in lightning bolts and leather flaunted megaphones, jamming to “She Wants To Move” by N.E.R.D. and Eve’s “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” amongst a scene of checked flags, car doors and giant dice. Standout pieces include a bejewelled red mini dress, and a nude bodysuit covered in strategically placed rhinestones.

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Sadie Williams

Nautical; but not as you’ve seen it before. Instead of Breton tops and boater hats, Sadie’s ladies wore satin sailor suits, geometric prints, and of course large-holed fishnet tights all in a bright, bold primary-coloured palette. Rope, patchwork and a surprising amount of Swarovski crystals adorned the flared midi skirts, teeny towelled tops and tight hooded sweatshirts. Set in the gloomy landscape of a night time seashore, there was no more perfect atmosphere for the sullen panda-eyed models to show off this collection.

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The work of the late 1970s photographer Francesca Woodman was the inspiration and namesake for EUDON CHOI’s SS17 collection. Her black and white photography inspired the minimalist palette of blues, white and black. Sheer socks held up with garters peek out through the slashed tailoring. The shapes are placed in disjointed diagonals, the draping is full of volume, but overall the effect is relaxed and elegant, with all the precision we would expect from a designer with a menswear background.

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Fashion Scout ONES TO WATCH

Each year Fashion Scout select a group of emerging designers a present them with the opportunity to showcase their talent on the catwalk during LFW. For me, the standout designers from this year’s line-up were Ana Ljubinkovic and Billie Jacobina, both appealing to my personal penchant for anything pastel, sequinned or fluffy.

Ljubinkovic’s models looked like flight attendants from Candyland in their pillbox hats and matching squiggly uniforms.

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Billie Jacobina gave us space yeti jackets and flower power crop tops, with model’s that looked like The Men in Black from a parallel universe.

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Words and photography by Hannah Gooding