London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017
Designer: Vin +Omi
Title: The Dreaming
Did you see the Ab Fab movie? Well, Vin+Omi are the dynamic designers who dressed loveable and wacky Bubbles! In fact Jane Horricks, the actress who plays Bubbles, stepped out onto the catwalk for their AW16 collection earlier this year.
And for their SS17 collection we see double Olympic gold medal winner Nicola Adams MBE swapping the boxing ring for the straight runway to take the lead (but of course) on the finale round-up. Creating a photo finish, Nicola wore a white trouser suit with a print featuring deconstructed black and white photos of Muhammad Ali.
Also on the catwalk were Ab Fab’s Julia Sawalha, Radio DJ presenter Jo Whiley and television presenter Grace Woodward all heavily disguised under voluminous bird’s nest wigs artfully adorned with paint brushes and paint palettes created by http://www.daler-rowney.com/
Pictured from left to right:
Jo wears a shredded chiffon cocktail dress.
Julia wears a black pleated bias asymmetric dress.
Grace wears a chiffon flower print maxis dress and a Daler Rowney system3 sculpture bag. The flower print was taken from the photos of http://www.sammcknight.com/
SS17 sees the designing duo move away from film costumes to focus on their high end ready-to-wear collection, with just a smattering of their renowned OTT outfits.
Statement jewellery pieces included slogan and peace symbol brooches and necklaces hanging from large safety pins and black chains.
Caricature insects also featured from pearlised shell insects to stingray leather inlaid moths. Most pieces were made from two layers of acrylic with leather or shell inlaid. These laser-cut jewellery pieces are a collaboration with http://www.artisanmodelmakers.co.uk/
Our pick for a day at the races:
Epsom Derby or Musselburgh Ladies Day – with wide sleeves and flounce skirt, this kimono style dress is chic and on trend. The floral print on dogtooth background brings boldness to the muted silver grey silk fabric. If the peace symbol and the NoGuns badges are too much of a statement, their safety pins can easily be removed. However, the insect brooch adds a pop of colour and a rebellious streak to this demure feminine dress.
Royal Ascot or Chester Ladies Day – With high neckline, on trend voluminous sleeves and below the knee prom skirt, this dress meets all the Royal Ascot dress codes. Rich in texture with glistening silver chiffon roses and shiny white chiffon appliqués on an airtex top and skirt. This outfit is definitely one for the more extrovert racegoer, but it is possible to tone it down by wearing the skirt with a plainer jacket or vice versa.
Glorious Goodwood, Sandown Eclipse or York Ladies Day – Adding texture and colour are the panelled appliqué ruffles adorning this sheer black dress. The floral print is taken from original photographs of http://www.sammcknight.com/. For modesty, wear a slip underneath the diaphanous dress. The pearlised insect appears as a statement pendant.