Credit: Nicola Rachel Colyer
Fashion Scout - the UK’s largest independent showcase for emerging and established design talent during London Fashion Week - once again took up residence at Covent Garden’s Freemason’s Hall to present the Autumn / Winter 2018 collections of designers from across the globe.
With some of London’s leading design talent, incuding Peter Pilotto, David Koma, William Tempest, and Eudon Choi making a name for themselves under Fashion Scout’s roof, it is no wonder that the industry’s elite continue to line the front rows each season. Undoubtedly a triumphant success, February’s schedule saw seasoned veteran Pam Hogg take to the runway with her euphoric offering, while emerging international talent made their debut with an electic celebration of multi-culturalism. Emerge yourself in all the action with our highlights of the week below.
An expression of Malan Breton’s journey of self-realisation, the Omega collection is a manifestation of renewed hope in humanity, of rebuilding one’s armour and heart in preparation for battle. With influences including Edwardian tarot, Chinese astrology and the myth of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, Breton offered up a decadent array of designs that walked the line between strong and seductive. Chinoiserie-inspired suits in silk brocade and rich velvets were toughened with vinyl trench coats, while silk floral gowns featured pops of red that rose from the depths like wildfire.
British designer Dr Pam Hogg returned to the runway in a jubilant celebration of overt feminitity with the Eternal Return of the Godess. Mounds of pastel tulle were punctuated with metallic military embellishment, while Crayola bright catsuits and trench coats popped against all-black looks that encapsulated the complexities of femininity with a show of strength and delicacy in equal measure. Expressing gender as a choice rather than a biological given, Hogg said “I accept everyone for who they are, and who they say they are. It’s the individuals right to make that choice and no one else’s.”
Bringing his unique knitwear techniques back to London’s catwalks with his Drifiting in a Million Stars collection, Apu Jan presented a collection that expertly fused traditional, oriental influences with the casual modernity that epitomises the designer’s work. Exploring both the celestial landscape and the earthly connections between humans, a palette of black, blue, grey and white was brought to life with patterns as intricate as the night’s sky, while oriental sihouettes were moulded into celebrations of the feminine form.
INIFD x LST
Bringing the best of student and graduate talent from across India, the International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) in collaboration with The London School of Trends (LST) put together a two-part showcase displaying the collections of 18 emerging designers. The first show, Fashion Utsace (Fashion Celebration), saw a kaleidoscope of customary textiles and embellishments brought into the 21st century with innovative silhouettes, while the second show, Azaad (Freedom), celebrated traditional Indian craftsmanship in a display of progressive Indian fashion. Meanwhile, Anisha Parmer London paid tribute to London’s multi-culturalism in a partnership with INIFD which saw models walk the runway in a bespoke collection of accessories.