John Herrera returns this season with another spectacular collection showcasing at Freemasons Hall, with a number of achievements under his belt after only launching his brand two years ago John Herrera's Autumn and Winter collection won top designer. John Herrera has also showcased at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo, won the London Emerging Designer award and showcased at the British Fashion Council International Fashion showcase.
This seasons show had a refreshing atmosphere with a collection highly anticipated and a number of individuals that made an appearance including the likes of Olivia Cox, Charlie Mills and The Schemers Kris James and Cheryl Chan.
With a diverse look this season and historic reference this seasons collection was inspired by the colonial discovery of the Philippine Islands. The designer transformed the catwalk to a new world with looks that gave a geographic experience, collaborating again with Epson and digitally printing 30 ready to wear garments and creating unique looks with medieval maps on translucent and opaque linear fabrics. Also displayed was a mixture of sheer and soft fabrics with manipulation techniques used and a strong historical design from the era of King Philip ll of Spain.
The silhouettes seen through out the collection where elegant and sophisticated with deep neck lines, full length coats and off the shoulder details including elaborate ruffles. A simple pallet was used that merged beautifully with the collection and drew more attention to the great detail of the garments.
Future expectations So much has been achieved already by John Herrera and only two years into the launch of his brand who can imagine what great things will come ahead for the designers big future in the fashion industry in following seasons to come.
Son Jung Wan’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection demonstrated conventionally masculine structured styles combined with conventionally feminine delicate sleeves. This consisted of highly structured dresses and jumpsuits with stiff collars, and a combination of contrasting fabrics such as latex and lace.
Wan’s collection certainly was attention grabbing with the use of bold colours such as turquoise, teal blue, and fuchsia pink, along with more subdued shades of taupe, white and cream. Interestingly, the menswear versions of each design also demonstrated a combination of conventional feminine and masculine styles. Overall, this collection could be considered as genderless and suggests that fashion is shifting towards less gendered styles. This was also displayed in the hair and makeup, with intentionally messy ponytails and bold blue glitter eyeliner, contrasted with natural skin and nude lip colours. On the whole, Son Jung Wan has created yet another unique and incredibly innovative collection.
Desigual returns this season with a new creative director Jean- Paul Goude, A brand known for its individuality finds inspiration from different types of jungles both exotic and psychedelic. With a vibrant cross, cultural reference and casual silhouettes this brand continues to stand out with colour blocked knitwear, bohemian skirts, and geometric prints.
The unique showcase of the collection was a part collaboration with Sam Spiegel who was behind the music and Ryan Heffington who overseen the choreography. Many famous faces were seated for the catwalk including the likes of Hopper Penn and Dylan Penn.
This season Desigual also showcased a 16 piece couture collection by Jean-Paul Goude, bringing an exciting new look to the brand Jean-Paul describes the new partnership with the brand to the brand as “cultural diversity, street-chic”
This collection was least to say a success, with an exciting cultural collection that showed great individuality and creativity from Jean-Paul.
Written By Eshe Mitchell
Catwalk Photographer Frazer Harrison Front Row Photographer Dia Dipasupil