Having just returned to the office, it feels like such a come down following the Starfish show. Showing both the current AW’13 Queen of Extreme collection, followed by a sneak peek of their SS’14 Wild Flower collection, the stark contrast between the two was positively striking.
The mood was set instantly as the lights begun to fade away to Byork’s ‘Hyper-Ballad’, and the first model made her entrance on the runway. Voluminous yet dishevelled hair and a defiant yet somewhat whimsical walk really spoke to the story behind the collection, as you saw the girls almost grow and morph into something more sophisticated. Rich, earthy tones were offset by pops of bright blues, pinks and yellows, with draped collars and sweetheart style necklines playing a prominent theme. I found myself somewhat mesmerised by the pink toned faux fur collars and hand muffs – a playful way of keeping your neck and hands warm during the colder months.
Designer Laurie Foon managed to transport me to some sort of tropical paradise with her Wild Flower collection, as I found myself feeling as though I was lying on a beach drinking a pina colada and watching the waves roll by. All set with beach ready hair, models carrying bunches of wild flowers strolled down the runway, casually let the flowers fall from their grasp as they made their return. Solid blue tones were accented by matching floral belts and fabric pouches, as the collection progressed to boldly-hued body skimming dresses with sheer or lace panel inserts. It essentially felt like a rather large capsule wardrobe that you would pack in your suitcase for sun-drenched holiday, and had me wishing that it was summer all over again.