Louise Gray’s influence was well communicated in Lulu & Co’s Spring Summer 15 collection. Noted as Kennedy (Lulu, of Fashion East, whom founded the label)’s Creative Consultant, her aesthetic shone through via foil textures, sequin details and colourful (almost scientific esc) prints; fantastic tinsel covered hoops sealed the deal.
The ‘Rave Cave’ set up – part Andy Warhol’s factory (the multiple silver balloons), part 4am in a field circa 1992 (that soundtrack), was full on Kennedy however, as anyone who’s so much as glanced at her Twitter page will recognise.
The practicality of the pieces too – slip dresses, denim shorts, slouch jackets – was typical of the Lulu & Co girl.
At the slightly later than advertised time of 1pm, 26 looks made their way down the Sibling catwalk, fully confirming this as one of the label’s strongest womenswear seasons.
Inspired by 80’s era Madonna – whose image appeared across a knit in look 4 – grand bows courtesy of Bernstock Speirs topped heads, shag band esc bangles from Tatty Devine bound wrists, and Sprouse does Vuitton like tribal prints made their way across oversized jackets and pencil skirts; monochrome lace ups by Robert Clergerie finished the look.
Two winning interpretations of classic 80’s fluffy jumpers – one cropped and off the shoulder, the other falling below the bum – were constructed with the use of black rubber bands, while later looks of crochet offered a more spring time affair.
Finally Nasir Mazhar presented a new Nasir Mazhar woman, where shapes veered from the ‘traditional’, featuring sarong/apron style fabric pieces draped across legs while loose, almost curtain vibe trouser-cum-legwarmers fell from suspenders.
Nike trainers executed a sense of authenticity about the look, addressing the issue of existing beyond the catwalk, while sunglasses and metal hair jewellery – by General Eyewear and Antanas Viscockas – culminated in a sense of distorted space age.
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