London Fashion Week AW17 was held this February and you may think that it is a little late to report. But this year we decided to let you ladies concentrate on choosing your gorgeous summer racing outfits before we bombarded you with AW17 options.

It is still early but here are our highlights of the London Fashion Week AW17 shows we attended and chosen outfits that would look great for a day or evening at the races.

Apu Jan

Apu Jan is a contemporary London based womenswear label that is rich in innovative knitwear techniques.

Titled ‘From Here to Eternity’ AW17 sees a visual journey through a collection of doors from this world to the other side of the universe. The interweaving of contrasting materials develops different dimensions of the doors leaving one to explore their lost fragments. His designs are brought to life through three dimensional visual effects.

Photographs by Simon Armstrong.

Emilio De La Morena

Emilio draws inspiration from his Spanish heritage and his life in London.

The exuberance and flamboyance of Valencia and Picasso’s colour combining in his late cubist portraits meets the sharp tailoring of London’s unsung couturiers of the ’80s and the etherealness of the New Romantics.

Precisely tailored jackets are cut close, nipped at the waist with exaggerated peplums to accentuate the shape of the body. The rich striped jacquard was milled for the brand in Valencia.

Alexis Carballosa

Titled ‘Unbound’, inspiration comes from the unexplored and delves into the contrasts between the underwater world and the unlimited universe.

It is an exploration of the balance between structures and fluidity while challenging the stereotypical idea of what an AW collection is supposed to be.

Colour palette hues of blue, green and yellow.

All accessories have been hand created by Carballosa using repurposed material.

Photographer: Simon Armstrong.

Dans La Vie

Titled ‘Heavenly World’, designer and creative director Rira Sugawara has thought about life, religion, happiness, co-existence and the meaning of fashion and maintained silence – a heavenly hyper fashion world that inspired the deep part of the heart.

The new collection delivers intricate hand works of appliqué using the techniques of Japanese factory’s embroidery and Swarovski’s on delicate lizard skin print.

Photographer: Simon Armstrong.

Mark Fast

Knitwear designer Mark Fast returned to London Fashion Week for his AW17 collection.

‘From the deepest caves, up from the graves, bringing her soul into the light, the heartbeat of the dragon she did fight. Fire, coal, disintegration, A moment of love is her resurrection’ – Mark Fast.

Photographer: Simon Armstrong.

Malan Breton

Titled ‘the Fantome Collection’ inspiration came from Charlie Chaplin and his film ‘City Lights’.

The collection pays homage to Chaplin’s ability to bring hope and joy to people in times of darkness.

Ashley Isham

Inspired by the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho and his poem titled ‘When the Winter Chrysanthemums Go’.

For the collection, three limited edition bespoke vivid colour prints were created: Regal Azalea, Starry Nights and Winter Chrysanthemum.

Photographer: Simon Armstrong.


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