This season London Fashion Week has been even more special for the Maggie Semple team. Sophie and I were about to enjoy “The Dream” at the Royal Opera House and just a minute before starting we received the call: “I am glad to confirm your invitation for all Vauxhall Fashion shows”. What are the chances of being invited to LFW while enjoying a performance at ROH? Was that Dream a premonitory sign?
Vauxhall Fashion Scout is the London’s leading independent fashion event where innovative designers show their creations. They bring young talent ideas to the catwalk while shaping the future of the industry. In the past, David Koma, Peter Pilotto or Felder Felder showed with them and each season, their panel of experts select the most exciting new designers.
The truth is that this year big names were already on the list and we could watch Phoebe English or Pam Hogg on the stage.
Bernard Chandran, one of our favourites, presented a simple yet visually arresting collection that spelled innovation and eclecticism. The designer distinguished his collection by creating a look that fused both fashion and art, a distinctive take on fashion that is also reflected in the cut, the fabric prints and embellishments.
Under the theme “wearing the offence to not forget it”, Carlotta Actis Barone showed an AW collection based on the Holocaust. Renowned for basing her collections on significant social issues, the designer recreated a concentration camp on the catwalk: white smoke and bodysuits with the slogan “Arbeit macht frei” – work liberates – left an impressed audience speechless.
Prophetik started the show with a Japanese violinist stepping into the catwalk. At the front row no one expected such an eclectic beginning and the live music helped to create his own fashion world. So far, our favourite show.
Probably the show that created most expectation was Pam Hogg. Kate Moss and Lady Gaga have already worn her creations and her style remained loyal to her own identity. We had the chance to run into her Backstage.
The show gave us a glimpse into the designers mind and it was so exciting to see how a mix of illusion and professionalism brought a rainbow of imagination to a once stark white catwalk. It is a fashion story itself and the MSL team truly lived the Dream.
Laura Roig Vericat