London Fashion Week came to an end with an Afrobeat bang after Oliver Spencer closed the event with his latest AW16 collection ‘When Rock Rolled with Afrobeat’ . The new collection was inspired by Ginger Baker, a founding member of Cream and drummer, who after travelling to Africa was immersed into a Afrobeat world and collaborated with Fela Kuti an African Musician.
A variety of VIPs attended the show with the likes of Daisy Lowe, Tom Evans, Eric Underwood and the ambassadors of BFC David Gandy and Oliver Cheshire.
The show its self was held at Brewer Street in the heart of Soho, which was hosted by a VIP guest and contributor to GQ magazine.
Attendees then found them self surrounded by an Afrobeats after a live musical set opened the show which carried a variety of diverse models down the catwalk beautifully with rhythm and style, show casing a mixture of relaxed tailoring, loungewear and layered Knitwear.
Throughout the collection a variation of earthy tones was displayed with ferrous brown, midnight blue, forest green and London grey. Whilst checkered patch work, potato stamp prints and hounds tooth was also exhibited through out. Another example of Oliver’s unique style was the use of hand drawn monochrome stripes and colour blocks, which gave the collection an eclectic and refreshing look.
Key pieces that where shown was velvet judo pants, tobacco patchwork suede Buffalo jacket and suiting stripes. Whilst Knitwear and rib neck was some of the textures displayed with intricate basket weaves whilst using Corduroy, velvet, suede, and faux astrakhan.
What else would we expect? Pam Hogg’s AW16 collection pushed the boundaries even more - yes, it was possible - with a sexualised storm of attitude at Freemasons Hall during London Fashion Week.
Sky high platforms, of course, accompanied models clad in skin tight PVC catsuits as they strutted down the catwalk, covered in weapon like studs and spikes. Stars made their cameo once more, and splattered paint prints reminded us that this fashion game is art. A form of expression. Something that Pam Hogg does extremely well - expressionism. However extreme.
The collection is dark, stormy and overtly sexy. She’s holding nothing back.
Models had everything on show with mesh body suits appliquéd with stars and a stripe to cover what can barely be left to the imagination.
Did you catch The Brit Awards? Then you would have seen Hogg’s iconic model Sadie Pinn shock the audience with an impromptu appearance. Skimpy. Bold. Statement. It’s all about the shock factor.
Pam Hogg does punk, yet still throws a spanner in the mix once in a while. This time, with umbrella skirts and splashes of red, yellow and acid green. The living dolls she creates allow for total fantasy dressing. Floor length gold dress or skin tight black mesh? It’s your call.
It’s this feminine celebration of androgyny that Hogg has become known for, and each year the crowd gets bigger. What can she possibly do next? Perhaps dainty pink dresses and ballerina flats? That would throw everyone off… Pam Hogg gone pretty? Yeah, probably not.
It's always a show on Ashley Isham's catwalk and the presentation of his Autumn/winter 2016 collection was no less magnificent than the Fashion Thirst team have come to expect.
Finding inspiration in young Russian artist Igor Skaletsky, Isham surprised and fascinated us with a vivid mix of golds and glitter this season. Although his models did not take on the usual playful aura that we've come to love Isham for - his previous shows have opened with a dance performance and seen models flirt their way down the runway - the display was certainly no less spectacular.
Skaletsky's thought provoking paints and textural collages inspired Ashley because of the way he combines religion, animals, pop culture and taboo images. And just like the work of the Russian artist, it is hard - if not impossible - to remain indifferent to Isham's creations.
Isham's use of beautiful materials, combined with sharp tailoring and masculine elements, make women of all backgrounds want to wear his designs. Embodying drama in the most feminist way, the colour palette for AW16 consists of deep, dark and romantic hues of teal, maroon, olive and magenta perfect for the urban Isham girl.