It’s been a week of British fashion and glam cocktail parties in Hong Kong with London Showrooms in town for the second year in a row with new collections from a crop of emerging Brit designers.
In an effort to raise the profile of London’s finest designers in the international market, the British Fashion Council’s London Showrooms previously travelled to Paris and Los Angeles before making its way to The Space in HK for the Electric Sekki presented pop-up preview.
Carefully curated selections from their Spring/Summer 2013 womenswear collections were presented by Jonathan Saunders, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto and Roksanda Ilincic. Men got the fashion treatment this year too with collections by AGI & Sam, E.Tautz, Lee Roach, Matthew Miller, Shaun Samson, William Richard Green and jewellery from Dominic Jones.
We loved Roksanda Ilincic’s flowing long skirts and dresses in a palette of blues and oranges, a bit of colour blocking and a touch of nostalgic Slavic folklore. The lovely, willowy Serbian-born designer cut a dramatic figure in a long sugar-sweet prim schoolgirl number on the day we met her.
Jonathan Saunders collection moved beyond graphic prints into an explosive arrangement of ombre jewel tones and sequins with a 70s retro feel.
Peter Pilotto continued pushing the boundaries of printed textiles. His collection this time included textured dresses in an assortment of his trademark bold graphic prints. More than a couple of pieces seemed just a little bit tribal, with delicate beading zigzagging their way across dresses and skirts. My fashionista friend Sena channeled her inner Frida Kahlo with this long tiered skirt, whereas I loved the patchwork silk peplum corset. I am definitely not a print girl, but I loved the clash of colours, patterns and textures in this collection.
Dominic Jones presented an amazing collection of stackable rings. The gold talon rings, reminiscent of Edward Scissorhands, were the clear favourite with guests. Not out of place on Gaga one would imagine, although I was assured the darling of little monsters has not yet embraced the claws.
And of course, shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood presented yet another fun and bold collection of collectible shoes. This selection seemed much more whimsical, with brightly coloured printed silk pumps, vertiginous patent island-platform heels, metallic flats, cutout lace boots and this fabulous pair of sculptural shoes worthy of a pedestal.
The week would not have been complete without an assortment of Hong Kong’s most fashionable popping in for a visit. Guests included designers Fiona Kotur, Marleen Molenaar, and Zoe Jordan, Lane Crawford creative director Sarah Rutson, fashion buyers Tiffany Hsu and Lindsay Edwards, stylist Tina Leung, Vogue China’s Grace Lam, and of course, a smattering of socialites.
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more from this crop of young talented designers in the future.