Jasper Garvida's collection at London Fashion Week was welcomed with rounds of applause. The FashionThirst crew sat in eager but patient mode in the Bloomsbury Hotel's grand ballroom, it was certainly packed and full to the brim with bloggers, stylists, designers, fashion PR gurus and fashion students respectively. I was trying to work out if Garvida was a Castellano Spanish surname or Portuguese; it turns out that Jasper is Philippino but grew up in Canada. He moved to London to study at St Martin's and hasn't looked back since. Sometimes you just need to take a leap of faith.
The collection was made up of an array of Russian/Soviet style military coats with gold zipper pulls neatly aligned, the colour palette ranged from black to olive with some hints of navy and camel beiges. Lots of golden embroidery around the necklines and cuffs. Many of the overcoats were overstated with draped straps, chains and tassles. All the models were at least 6 foot 3 (minimum) they were like graceful giraffes wandering through fields of tulips. The background ambient music mustered up Spring like emotions. One dress that got the crowd gasping was a flamboyant, black deep pocketed dress, embellished with bar sequins in the shape of rectangles. The structured silhouettes were tidy and uniform. Some of the dresses were made of wool, abstract prints were used and the skirts were either pencil or flared. FashionThirst's favourite dress was the camel coloured creation with gold buttons and matching beige ankle boots. The striped olive dress would be perfect Spring office attire. Her stylish but simple, glossy, nude brogues reminded me of mine. I think I left them in my friend's flat in Cairo well before the football stadium rampage that is !! We loved the stockings and brogues, the textures and prints all in all an innovative, interesting and elegant presentation which stayed within the boundaries of the palette and the stuctured silhouettes. We left the Garvida collection with a spring in our steps.
Monica P Cummings Ba Hons., MA, Chief Editor at FashionThirst