“Blink” New designers: Georgia Hardinge, AW’15

Georgia Hardinge 'Fragment' collection, AW'15. #LFW #BlinkLondon

Georgia Hardinge ‘Fragment’ collection, AW’15

After watching that Dior video about the making of the latest couture collection, I have a new respect for beautifully pleated garments. I think that may have been what initially drew me to the Georgia Hardinge showcase at London Fashion Week. Her collection, titled ‘Fragment’, features some stunningly and innovatively pleated styles blended in with sharp cut and graphically detailed pieces. This collection feels both tough and uncompromising as well as soft and subtle. It’s that brilliant contrast that drives this young British designer’s signature take on modern femininity.

We asked Georgia about the inspiration behind “The fragment collection” and here’s her response:

“The collection is based on mirroring, reflection and shattered fragments of glass and distorted objects. The pleats and print designs are a reflection of shattered glass and we play with this concept throughout the look book.”

 

Georgia Hardinge 'Fragment' collection, AW'15. #LFW #BlinkLondon

Georgia Hardinge ‘Fragment’ collection, AW’15. This skirt is my personal favourite piece

Georgia Hardinge 'Fragment' collection, AW'15

Georgia Hardinge ‘Fragment’ collection, AW’15

Georgia Hardinge 'Fragment' collection, AW'15

Georgia Hardinge ‘Fragment’ collection, AW’15

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“Blink” Events: New York Fashion Week, AW’15

Here’s part three of our NYFW coverage. this could possibly be the final instalment before we get consumed by LFW excitement, kicking off tomorrow. Well, actually it really starts for us tonight with LCF’s MA catwalk show so expect to see lots from that across all of our SM.

Right, back to the subject in hand, and that is the wearable brilliance that we spotted at Opening Ceremony. The culotte is staying put for Autumn ’15 so invest in a pair ASAP. These wide, cropped ‘is-it-a-skirt-or-is-it-trousers’ really creates a new proportion, especially as seen here in a firm fabrication. We love how the skirts mirror the same proportion too, looking especially fresh with those longer top layers. The midriff seems to have been retired for Autumn, and replaced by the far more forgiving ankle!

The mixed textures and colours look chicly relaxed, accessible yet very sophisticatedly stylish. For a brand that sometimes looks a little, how can we put it, well faddy frankly, this is a collection that looks desirable, considered, elegant and yet still with a youthful edge.

Opening Ceremony, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Opening Ceremony, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Opening Ceremony, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Opening Ceremony, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

 

Now on to something really quite polar opposite. In fact we think Rodarte is pretty much the closest any US label gets to looking British- and that is a huge compliment! The Mulleavy sisters create collections with creative abandon, engaging with textiles and embellishment to create a fresh narrative every season. Their look is deeply energetic, experimental and very challenging. The AW’15 collection is all of that and more.

At times it feels a little beyond beautiful. By that we mean that they seem to have taken the ‘more is more’ Iris Apfel approach to some looks, but there are also some wonderfully bonkers creations that feel challenging but still possible. This is modern sexy, deeply empowered and very, very cool. Rodarte have taken that 70’s inspiration that’s still so hot and opted for a later period look when we were cusping on the 80’s, lace tights were a great idea and disco dancing was our exercise of choice, second only to Jane Fonda’s Workout.

Rodarte, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Rodarte, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Rodarte, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Rodarte, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

I cannot wait to see what London has to offer! For more inspirational events, including show coverage, just click here.

“Blink” Events: New York Fashion Week, AW’15

NYFW is pretty much done and the fashion world is about to descend on London for our turn. They will be leaving behind snow drifts for London’s blue skies (fingers crossed the weather holds!). They will also be leaving behind what has been a pretty safe set of looks for AW’15. Of course there have been some wonderful sparks of creativity, and those are what we are focussing on. New York is known for delivering wearable, commercial and easily adoptable collections, but there is an art in this that shouldn’t be overlooked (* although the London shows are obviously far more exciting, innovative, fabulous, brilliant). Here’s our second instalment of what we feel are the highlights of the shows seen so far.

Kicking things off with Marc by Marc Jacobs, currently creatively headed up by Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier so I think this can pretty much be considered a Brit label actually. Continuing to embrace their graphic, high contrast handwriting that delivers fresh takes on well known youthful silhouettes. The glossy and textural black patent feels rather late 60’s, early 70’s. In fact this collection seems to have a touch of the ‘Jane Fonda as activist’ about it, blended with a big dollop of 90’s too.

MBMJ, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ creative heads, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier

MBMJ creative heads, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier (image with thanks to style.com)

Next we look at Phillip Lim, which certainly falls into the category of commerciality- but it’s perfectly combined with just enough innovation for this to feel desirable and fresh. I look at this collection and think about how easily I could incorporate these into my wardrobe (in my dreams), but there’s something very admirable about working with that level of accessibility and yet not delivering something ‘meh’.

Leather is still hot, but looking fresh when layered with more textural elements. Actually it’s this mood for layering that features across many of the NYC shows and we really love how this takes the notion of minimalism and a linear silhouette to a more complex level.

There are some highly recognisable silhouettes here too (the MA1 pops up repeatedly across shows). There’s also a new ‘outline’ shining out- the softly rounded shoulder line, seen here in a highly wearable way.

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

There’s more to come from NYC so keep ’em peeled. If you’d like to read about more inspiration events in the meantime. take a look here.

NB (* I am obviously highly biased)

“Blink” 2015 Predictions: White part 2- structured

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

We also feel strongly for white in a dense, solid, calm, defined, repetitive, constructed way across every aesthetic area of our lives, our surroundings, our clothes, our makeup and our belongings. We especially like this approach to white for Autumn Winter.

For more inspirational posts, look here. For more on colour, look here.

Many thanks to Pinterest for the images.