Back in February I was lucky enough to be invited to LFW for a few shows. Aside from the top shows such as Burberry, most shows took place in the BFC show space at Brewer Street Car Park – an unlikely and much debated venue for this prestigious event, but it worked! The entrance was the car park ramp, designers were placed in what would have been parking bays and the catwalk was light, open and airy with mirrors on the ceiling and a clean and minimal aesthetic. The perfect backdrop for a variety of different collections.
One of the most memorable of the shows I saw was Peter Pilotto and as I sat on the FROW alongside other enthusiastic journalists and press, I was eager and ready to capture each and every moment of this anticipated collection. I was particularly excited for this show as Peter Pilotto has long amazed me with their use of texture, colour and fabric so I couldn’t wait to see what they had in store of SS16.
The utiitarian spirit of a desert safari and the mediterranean attitude of a cotton smock shirt were the designers starting point. Weightless materials highlighting the important of uniform dressing channeled feminine textures with ethereal qualities. Smocked, tiered, frilled and displaced fabrics made the collection diverse but intriguingly wearable whilst a mixture of satin, cotton and lace meant the appeal of wearing loose but crisply structured clothing for summer got a kick start and this juxtaposition was welcomed by all.
The BFC show space had been decorated with installations that almost looked tennis like – corrugated fencing in bright colours with a centre aisle of seating, meaning the models walked around us. Take a look at the pictures for yourself, I promise you wont be disappointed.