Ana Ljubinković is an up-and-coming Serbian designer whose collection was displayed in London Fashion Week as part of Belgrade Fashion Week’s International Fashion Showcase; an exhibition of the three best visionary designers from Serbia.
Inspired by a dreamlike surrealism, Ana uses bright pastel and candy colours, stripes and polka dots to let us into the fairy tale world of her imagination.
The outfits are characterised by bold silhouettes forming bubble shoulders, tight waists and pop-out hips. These clean lines are mirrored by the love heart necklines and swirly hemming and layering.
Although incredibly fresh and modern, there are elements of traditional blended in. Victorian-style prints of cherubs are patterned alongside creamy pearls. Deer heads are also used as print, framed with pink and yellow roses. One of the most original and dream like aspects to the collection were the vivid deer head shoes. Removed from their normal themes, these traditional objects intensify the dream like surrealism, as well as adding a sense luxury to the fun pieces.
It was union of urban fashion force on Monday 18th at London Fashion week. Converse united with Fashion East at the Topshop show space in the Tate Modern to incorporate Converse’s iconic Chuck Taylor’s into each catwalk look as envisioned by designers Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow and Ryan Lo, under the wing of British design icon Lulu Kennedy.
Looks were playful and colourful, more typical of Spring shows, which captured the imagination of the audience. Bold pops of colour and oversized bows maintained an element of fun, which tied in (no pun intended) with the experimental use of the Chucks, with gauze and chiffon coloured laces to highlight the bright pops in fabrications.
The clothing was a success in its creativity and eccentricity; however as for the plastic babies carried down the runway by the models, I can safely predict that this will not be a burgeoning trend.
Japanese designer Rira Sugawara takes Dans la Vie into its fifth season with its AW13 collection “Invisible Enemy, threat found”. Inspired by cyber attacks, the collection has a scary edge, covering the models faces to create an air of anonymity which characterises real cyber threats. Bold prints are inspired by the ancient oriental, pop art and the renaissance era, allowing the designer to showcase her love of Japanese “print on print” tradition with a wide range of influences.
The collection incorporates a religious aspect, with crosses, and renaissance style Madonna and Child prints. These images are defaced by colourful pop art swirls, questioning how different types of art can sit together in the future.
The collection reworks the trench coat, using panelling to contrast pattern prints with block colours, even working in peplum details. Other key aspects to the collection include printed tights, statement collars and tulle petticoats.