London Fashion Week AW16: Highlights of Day 2
Simone Rocha has an eye for the feminine and beautiful, a penchant that is coupled with her postpartum experience (Rocha became a first-time mother three months ago) to create a collection that is dark and dreamy at once. Monochromatic hues of nude, white and black are joined by bold shades of red, pink and sweet lilac. Held at the neoclassical Lancaster House, looks of Victorian luxe came down the runway in the forms of floaty transparent dresses with crystal embellishments and shimmery tweed ensembles.
Inspired by the work of photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, Emilia Wickstead's presentation had a touch of retro charm to it whilst remaining modern and chic. The collection was characteristically dominated by ankle-length numbers, with a play on silhouettes and structure. Dramatic, billowy dresses coloured in graphic aesthetics provided pops of visual amongst those of solid hues.
Bold, quirky and decorative; all the things you would expect from J. W. Anderson was present in his AW16 collection, and we sure aren't complaining. Built upon the notion of "modern cocktail wear", creations of all shapes took to the runway—miniskirts with wired ruffles resembling clouds, sporty satin track tops, as well as tops of neoprene and tiered constructions with semi-transparent sleeves.