Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 – Designers are Emilio de la Morena, Markus Lupfer and Nicola Brindle.

Three designers who decided that for SS18 ‘girls just wanna have fun’ were Emilio de la Morena, Markus Lupfer and Nicola Brindle.

Emilio de la Morena

Emilio takes his Spanish muse to have fun in Los Angeles drawing inspiration from the film ‘Clueless’.

Colourful tweed suits have cropped bolero jackets and flirty A-line mini skirts. The tweed woven by a French mill for the brand reminded Emilio of the fun outfits in the film and so his inspiration began.

Sharp tailoring also includes a nipped in jacket and skirt in aquamarine Spanish brocade and fitted flared trousers suit in shocking pink silk satin.

The fashionable ruffle is still going to be on the fashionista’s must have list for 2018. Here Emilio uses large ruffles for statement sleeves and winds them around the body like a snake from hem to shoulder.

Smaller frills encircle and hug body con dresses and skirts.

Colour palette is vibrant: turquoise, fuchsia, emerald and tangerine accented with the more subtle midnight blue, powder pink and ivory.

Shoes were designed in collaboration with Charlotte Mills in velvets and the tweeds of the collection.

Our pick for a day at the races are:

Markus Lupfer

Markus Lupfer’s girl travels to Florida. She is too busy to sleep; there are too many parties to go to and too many dresses to wear. The only time she lies down is beside the pool in Palm Springs.

The collection takes on a retro vibe with patterned shirt dresses which Lupfer then covers with the on trend sheer overlay for a modern twist.

Prints hint of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco style with silhouetted monkeys swinging on winding floral vines whilst the sinuous water lily and a simple four-petal daisy are restrained in rows of vertical and horizontal lines.

Sequinned floral appliqués provide a touch of modesty to the fashionable sheer look on dress, skirts and blouses.

Colour palette is bold with royal blue, white, orange, pinks and greens.

Statement jewellery features sequined parrots, palm trees, rainbows and butterflies wrapped around the ankles and wrists with ribbon.

Our pick for a day at the races are:

Photograph credit: Andrew Vowles.

Nicola Brindle

Looking closer to home is Nicola Brindle’s ‘Essex Girl’ who is reclaiming the name, shaking off preconceptions and supporting the inspiring independence of all women.

Brindle draws her inspiration from the strong characters of the ’70s – glam rock goddesses Suzi Quatro and Debbie Harry and combines them with ’90s Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and the classic naughtiness of country singer Dolly Parton.

Rainbow metallics, graphic power symbols and rock & roll text statements are used.

Alongside the Venus symbol, lightning power bolts and abstract Union Jack to portray an anarchist, feminist, fighting spirit.

Each look is designed to empower the wearer, being fun, comfortable and unique.

For a day at the races our top picks are the pink gathered midi dress worn with the pink lightning flares and the red tiered dress.

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