We look forward to London Fashion Week the most as it’s always full of surprises and emerging talent. There was a noticeably dark and moody edge to the fall collections this season, with hints of rebellion and quirk that we can love and appreciate:
Markus Lupfer: There was an undeniably delightful 70s disco vibe to Markus Lupfer’s fall collection that felt subdued enough where it didn’t feel too literal but rather, very very wearable. Head to toe, we wanted it all: velvet and pleated metallic lurex skirts, corduroy coats and capes, hand embroidered and sequined floral motifs, and metal lip and star studded leather coats and suede boots.
Toga: Japanese designer Yasuko Furuta first piqued our attention a series of coats, from her 2015 fall collection, that featured an internal cross body sash that allowed them to be slung off one shoulder. She was onto something there and we were onto some mad talent. This season, it was the futuristic and glam/punk details that got us excited: a gold lurex lined military coat, a ruffled organza slip peeking out from a belted knit dress, denim flares with silver studded hems, and fur mufflers attached to the body with leather straps. Clever, clever . . .
My recent infatuation with signet rings has led me down a deep rabbit hole, tracing it’s fascinating history all the way back to 1800BC in Ancient Egypt. For centuries, signet rings have been used to signify authority and seal business transactions, with symbols engraved in stone or etched in metal and then stamped on hot wax. Fast forward to the 16th century when wearing signets in Europe became a status symbol, mostly amongst royalty and aristocrats. Today, they are worn blank or monogrammed and most of the time, purely as a fashion accessory. I’m continuously on the lookout for a storied vintage piece, as well as a more masculine signet, to stack alongside my modern version. Scroll down for some of my favorite picks – you might find your own initials emblazoned on one of these gorgeous antique signets!
You can always rely on Hungarian designer Sandra Sandor to inspire with the ease of her silhouettes and the unexpected combination of textures and colors. This season, a softer and more muted palette allows the emphasis to shine on some wonderfully structured shapes and beautifully knitted details. Flared blouses, side slit knit skirts, loose fitting knit fringe dresses and soft suede babouches, get in my closet now.
By extracting elements from his worldly travels and his love of mythology, cultural traditions and different eras of art history, German-based artist and illustrator Olaf Hajek creates wildly colorful and fantastical paintings. Each piece draws you in deeper and deeper with the intricate amount of detail, making all of us believers in his magic.