Many live fashion shows were cancelled during September’s London Fashion Week SS21 but one of the few that went ahead included the show produced by Fashion London (in association with Top Model Events) at the Hard Rock Hotel with socially distanced tables for each attendee.
Celebrities in the audience included Christian Vit from Game of Thrones and socialite Ana Maria Galojan.
The fully non-profit fashion event supported The Top Model Foundation | Supporting sick children and children in need ( more details at the bottom of this article).
London Fashion Week regulars Omar Mansoor, Karen Gold, VZ Perfection by Vaishali and Samaira Ghani joined LFW debutant Louise Rose Couture in wowing the VIP audience with their stunning new collections for SS21.
Omar Mansoor – Collection: Kintsugi
Omar Mansoor inaugurated his 16th presence in the London Fashion week with his collection ‘Kintsugi’.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold. The overarching meaning of this age-old practise is similar to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which can be defined as accepting and rejoicing in one’s supposed ‘flaws’ and ‘imperfections.’This capsule collection primarily consists of two-piece looks which highlight multi-functionality. Tailored trousers to puffed sleeves tops that can be mixed and matched to create a certain outfit from day to evening wear.
A firm believer of sustainability in fashion, Mansoor has used ‘deadstock fabrics’ (discarded fabrics which usually end up as landfill, hence polluting the planet), including recycled fibres for his Kintsugi collection. For the designer, fashion can be fun, glamorous and eco-friendly at the same time.
Karen Gold – Collection: Caribbean OdysseyKaren titled her collection ‘Caribbean Odyssey’ inspired from a Jamaican holiday. A marriage of Eastern aesthetics with western silhouettes that will take you from day to night.This collection featured comfortable easy to wear cuts and fabrics in multifunctional capes, kaftans, trousers, dresses and tops, alongside jumpsuits and tracksuits in colours such as black, pink, orange and blue all to get you ready for a cruise holiday or a summer racing event.Fabrics included exquisite brocades, rich cotton and jersey that are fabulous on the skin and do not require ironing.
For Aintree and Chester Races, we love the youthful and trendy edge of her navy brocade shorts suit and hot pink trouser suit updated with elasticated ribbed cuffs and hems.
Perfect for Royal Ascot is the sophisticated navy brocade dress with statement puffed sleeves.
The whole collection was ethically designed in Karen Gold’s London atelier and also manufactured at Fashion Enter in London.
Vz Perfection – Collection: Colours of Life
Vaishali sees a direct link between colours and our emotions. The array of colours used in the collection signify the emotions which infuse positivity and also were represented in the aptly titled collection ‘Colours of Life’.
Colour palette: yellow representing happiness and optimism; green representing growth and harmony; coral representing change and health; pink representing romance and gentleness; blue representing calm and integrity.
The collection pairs satin, lace and denim fabrics adding different textures to the garments while highlighting the bold colours.
The collection also features Vaishali’s futuristic vision of Wedding Dresses that can be kept to wear on different occasions. This vision is captured in the finale Show Stopper: a denim skirt, ivory lace top and a veil in rainbow colours with a hint of glitter at the end. The denim skirt and ivory lace top can be mixed and matched with other garments in the wardrobe to create an outfit that can be worn during the day or as evening wear.The Show Stopper not only portrays the futuristic vision but also follows the primary theme of the collection with white representing new beginnings, just as we all are looking forward to new and wonderful times ahead.
Samaira Ghani – Collection: ‘Amaya’
A fusion of cultures and communities, this collection sees East meets West.
Holding a BA (hons) degree in embroidery, Samaira’s contemporary silhouettes are adorned with traditional techniques of embroidery in pearls, gold and a lot of sparkle.
Glamorous and providing some warmth for the early spring races is Samaira’s sparkly feathered trench with brocade collar and cuffs. For the more hardy fashionistas attending Aintree is her feathered mini dress. And we love her brocade shorts suit for the Epsom Derby Festival.
Louise Rose Couture – Collection: ‘Ethereal Dreams’
Inspired by the idea of creating beauty amongst the chaos of 2020, the collection of romantic gowns and jumpsuits represent dreams of brighter days.
Colour palette: muted pastel tones.
Fabrics: silk, mikado and tulle paired with lace and floral appliques.
Louise’s silk jumpsuit is ideal for Doncaster’s St Leger or York’s Ebor Festival, and her ’50s style tea length tulle dress with spaghetti straps for Glorious Goodwood.
As a fashion designer of non traditional bridal wear the collection featured a vintage style wedding dress embroidered with wild flowers around the waist.
The Top Model Foundation for sick children and children in need is a non-profit independent charity dedicated to improving and changing the lives of children and young people in the UK. The charity was established as a fashion, beauty and creative industry initiative in 2019; founded by a small group of individuals from a variety of industry professions. The Top Model Foundation helps causes and appeals where assets, equipment or grants will make the biggest difference and working directly with those in need.
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