I had the opportunity to attend on a media pass to a London Fashion Week event organised by English designer, Stacey Strahand for the Independent London Fashion Week Designers Association – ILFWDA show. This organisation sets out to move away from the ‘bureaucracy’ within the fashion industry management companies, to enable designers who may be struggling to showcase their collections during fashion week to have an opportunity to do so, and through that raise funds for their chosen charity which was UNICEF UK for this year. The event was held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London. It was a beautiful celebration of creativity, with designers coming from all over the world. Even more refreshing was to see how the models used on the runway depicted their actual consume group. A move from the over reliance on super skinny models,
I would not want to delve into the ethical debate about natural body weight who although may be natural/healthy in certain cases, do not represent the entirety of consumers..
Designers at the ILFWDA show
Stacey Strahand is a luxury women’s fashion designer who specialises in the creation of wearable pieces made from fabrics that celebrate the English heritage. She was the brain behind the ILFWDA show. Not only did she display great organisational skills, her collection opened the ILFWDA show with a clear statement, being a new designer does not in any way denote limited creative prowess.
Jeff Garner ‘s collection was utterly mystical! I’m not sure if it was my imagination, but you could literally tell a story with each piece of garment. He is a fashion-led ethical designer who uses sustainable materials for his creations. Named in the top 40 artists in the US and having his work existed in a gallery, there is little wonder that he is popular with celebrities. He is known to have dressed celebrities such as The Kings of Leone and Sheryl Crow among others.
Michael Lombard has been described as “the king of premium leather”. He is an US-based leather designer who’s designs marry classical and current trends into aesthetic edgy pieces. His attention to detail is exquisite!
Agnes Krivanics is an European fashion designer who has a way with fabric. What stands out in her work is her intricate play with fabric which shows off her love for geometry. Her collection was such a joy to see! Not only did she make use of eco-friendly fabrics but boy did she nail my style with every piece of garment she put on the runway. I kept saying to myself, “I would wear that”.
Agnes Szepligeti is a London-based Hungarian couture designer, specialising in individual bespoke delicate couture dresses which are quintessential but with a modern twist to them. Oh the glitter! Her fabrics were heavenly.
Hiba Agal’s creations are inspired by Art and Literature. She graced the runway with a projection of ultimate feminine glory that told of her devotion to creating couture garments that invoked romanticism. She put on the runway pieces of wearable culture that transcends one continent.
Photography by: Alicia Resterna
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