When I started this blog roughly a year ago, I could never imagine that my little ramblings about clothes could have taken off as it did. I was a plankton in an ocean of blogs, essentially. But I've worked hard, and have invested a considerable amount of time into the artistic force of fashion and was honoured to have been able to attend my first fashion show; one Simon Ekrelius.
Swedish born designer Simon Ekrelius has shown his inspired collections in both London and Paris Fashion Week, and with a recent feature in what can only be dubbed as the sacred writ of fashion, Vogue, it is clear that his designs are receiving universal acclaim. Having worked with stylists Kate Ruth, Patricia Villiarillo, Hilary Alexander and Sasha Rainbow, Ekreliius posses a clearly defined niche that the has cultivated over the years during his crusade into the fashion world. A cavalier in dimensional silhouettes, his designs procure an unorthodox aesthetic; the bohemian styles impacting with the architectural looks. These two come together to create a rather 50s inspired vision, that in the case of his latest collection, he hopes to take a step further.
Entitled "Monochrome" the collection was held in the serenely dilapidated Rag Factory - which was appropriately painted white - in Brick Lane. Inspired by the model and Vogue photographer Lee Miller, the pieces jived together structured Japanese trends with wafting, fragile materials. The room itself reflected the ethos of the collection, industrial, cold, run-down yet weaved with a sense of modernity.
The entire collection was tailored, fusing varying textures and fabrics together. Sheer was delicately combined with harsher panels to make a ballooning bat-wing blouse. The large circular buttons adding playful femininity. The sprayed on stripes of the tops was a key contrast; the heavy industrial look contrasting the organic, pure fabrics. Pleated skirts manipulated the asymmetry of many of the garments, with buttons and drapes left askew. Yet the symmetry of the osculating, pleated jumper and the striped sheer dress reminded me that beauty can be seen in more conventional designs; symmetry isn't necessary boring in comparison to asymmetry.
I attended the event with the glamorous fashion blogger and model Kinga Kurek, whose review of the collection can be read here. It was an amazing opportunity to attend the event, and I'm so thankful for the myriad of people that I've met ever since I started blogging and those that I met on the day. The collection itself was an elegant and sophisticated display that advocated a very underrated part of fashion; Japanese. Black and white, however simple, have been shown by Simon Ekrelius to be the only colours necessary to create a stunning capsule collection.
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