For their first Spring/summer presentation, Johnston of Elgin hosted their amazing line at the Waldorf Hilton hotel. The brand wanted to showcase a new dimension with an all year round collection for every season. Known for their cashmere architecture and expertise they included tissue weight cashmere, mesh construction, garments designed for warm climates and a new innovation in lightweight technology.
Creative Director Alan Scott’s aim was to showcase new cutting-edge textiles with outfits like suits, maxi-flare floor-length dresses and loungewear perfectly combined to create a beautiful collection.
Inspired by the island of Ischia, situated in the bay of Naples the presentation came together nicely to create a good atmosphere with soft piano music in the background. The brand alone exudes elegance and sophistication and that really came out with this collection.
Johnstons of Elgin has successfully established a flagship store in the heart of central London. Since 1797, the Johnstons of Elgin signature innovation and quality have been without compare. The family-run business has been constantly changing and evolving to new heights.
In his own words “It is an honour to return to London Fashion Week for the second season. This unique collection, lovingly made in Scotland, retains our signatures of textile expertise, craft, and tailoring for which we have become world-renowned, whilst showing the fashion world - for the very first time - that the brand is for all seasons.”
Last Saturday, 13th June, the Institute of Contemporary Arts hosted the Thomas Pink S/S16 collection against a botanical backdrop.
The collection - which was showcased on both mannequins and models – was heavily inspired by the nonchalant mood of the 90’s brit pop era. A 1970 Peter Schlesinger photograph of David Hockney and Cecil Beaton reclining casually on rattan furniture and surrounded by potted pelargoniums and begonias was a starting point for the British label’s S/S16 collection, and the brand paid homage to the photo with its off-beat botanical set.
London has always been a leading figure in the world of fashion and Head of Design, Frederik Williams, says that the collection “celebrates Britain’s charming and eccentric character”. Tradition and rebellion are merged by the slim silhouettes and punchy colours – indigo, pink, turquoise and citrus – while prints come in everything from Bengal stripes to checks of varying sizes.
The collection also draws inspiration from Scotland and its vibrant landscapes. Tartans are inspired by the blue skies and the colours reflected off the stretches of untouched land.
With British summer in mind, outerwear includes lined blazers in wool and tweed linen, as well as a very practical reversible jacket and a reversible rain mac.
The collection ends by referencing yet another iconic British scene: the Blackpool seaside. The colour palette of pinks, turquoise and citrus shades continues, this time on linen shirting, silk pocket squares and patterned socks which capture the bright mood of the town.