London Fashion Week AW16: Highlights of Day 5
Inspired by the girls around them, from stylists to journalists and photographers, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida brought a down-to-earth, real-girl cool factor to their AW16 collection, which is further emphasised on the runway: as opposed to the usual string of runway regulars, their friends in reference walked in the show. Diverse textures and visual pops are seen in mesh netting, contrasting fur lining and acute layering, while a show of silhouettes came through in overlong sleeves, flared hems and the mega puff collars that could double as pillows on a trio of jackets.
Winner of the Mercedes-Benz China Designer Award Xiao Li demonstrated her flair for artsy, sculptural creations with a collection that spanned pastel hues and earthy tones. While the former had an airy appeal about them, the latter oozed certain glamour with sophisticated tiered coats and floral-esque crochet-embellished dresses. Drawing cues from Salvador Dalí, the swirly foam necklaces that accompanied a handful of looks definitely drew attention with their unique constructions.
An effortless sense of quirkiness enveloped the Shrimps AW16 collection, one that is laden with covetable and wearable appeal. Founder Hannah Wieland's signature faux-fur coats were a staple in the line-up, decked in stripes and checkerboard motifs. Meanwhile, a palatte of dusky pink, red and black dominated the presentation that also comprised of printed pantsuits, dresses and jumpsuits.