London Fashion Week AW18: Highlights of Day 5

London Fashion Week AW18: Highlights of Day 5

Last day

Text: Wei Yeen Loh

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The last day of London Fashion Week AW18 saw royalty and retro-tinged references abound.

Richard Quinn

Who: The up-and-coming designer has won accolades in the past; and this time around, the queen herself presented him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

Where: The British Fashion Council's show space at 180 Strand.

The Low-down: Richard Quinn's AW18 show had the honour of being Queen Elizabeth II's fashion show debut, as the monarch made a special appearance to bestow an award to him in her name. Staying true to his signature (bold printwork and head-turning silhouettes), the designer delivered a visually-astounding collection made of abstract floral prints and varied polka-dot motifs. He played around with textures this time around, making use of metallic foil-like fabric to create dramatic gowns and billowy capes. A futuristic notion was injected via biker helmets, glossy black moto jackets and matching patent leather gloves.

Buro Loves: A voluminous dress in a crinkly metallic teal fabric with a plunging neckline and butterfly sleeves that bore an uncanny resemblance to a candy wrapper — what (sweet) dreams are made of.


Isa Arfen

Who: Founder Serafina Sama launched the label back in 2011, with an aesthetic that was inspired "the retro glamour of Slim Aarons' society photographs."

Where: The show setting had a steel drum band and tattered sofas and chairs by the runway to create a thrift-store scene — one that fit her collection's references.

The Low-down: Very much taken with the Joel D. Levinson's shots of Californian flea markets circa the 1970s, Sama wanted to recreate a similar theme with a British perspective, most notably her impression of how Portobello Road marketgoers look as they try on vintage threads. The result was a mélange of ensembles that feature parts and details from separate clothing articles, including jeans with tartan knee patches, LBDs with vibrant-hued taffeta sleeves, and metallic pleats sticking out of the scalloped hemlines of granny-chic knit sweaters.

Buro Loves: A chic red coat with sculpted sleeves, and all the looks that feature a dash of tartan here and there.