Every fashion week attendee has their favourite little spot of solace between shows and mine hasn’t changed since it launched. The AW14 ‘Apartment‘ – as always – was filled to the brim with amazing clothes, shoes, food, and general good times.
While Fossil had a branded room of their very own (and arm parties to die for), the closets were filled with samples from Next, Wolford, Wishbone, Superga, Russell and Bromley, and Sock Shop – leaving special days aside for an Apartment takeover of both Timberland and Forever 21, respectively.
Breakfasts and afternoon teas were provided by Aubaine, every room was scented with Penhaligons‘ dreamy fragrances, our rides were pimped out Hyundais, Beauty Drink kept us hydrated (and deliciously pretty!), and Oliver Bonas tricked out every empty corner with some of the most gorgeous homeware around.
My favourite part? Blow Ltd‘s beauty takeover. By appointment or walk-in, all Apartment bloggers could have their nails, hair, and make-up done by Blow’s glamour pros at any time of the day. Though I only managed to have the time to sit down on Day One, it took them less than 45 minutes to take me from ‘I just woke up’ to a Sixties bombshell. That is no easy feat.
Is it SS15 yet?
Okay, okay, I know I said I wouldn’t tweet from shows this season, but I had to make an exception for Erdem. What a collection.
For Autumn/Winter 2014, Erdem delivered unlikely mashups – seventeenth-century Velázquez infantas and the gorgeous Anna Karina, por ejemplo – to create a modern pack of epitomised girl power. After a slightly less-embellished wobbly last season, the King of Guipure returned to full-force flair. Like seeing a flower in full bloom, his botanical embroidery brought me back to everything I first fell in love with about his clothes: the magic, the detailing, and the feeling that wearing a piece from a collection such as this could somehow change your life.
As I tweeted: you take the cake, Mr. Moralıoğlu.
2. David Koma
In the alternate universe where I am a SuperSpy, all I wear is David Koma Autumn/Winter 2014. The precision and lines in this collection are absolutely second to none.
As a woman who has romantic feelings for everything printed and colourful (see: Matthew Williamson, Meadham Kirchhoff), I feel David Koma has done incredible work with what would look like the dullest colour palette in the world if presented by a less skilled designer.
Like last season, he utilised harnesses to compliment some couture-worthy cage work and topped it all off with delicate leather mesh. The craftsmanship – as you can see from the photos – was faultless. All controlled, all cohesive, and all a bit perfect.
With his debut for Mugler just around the corner, the fash pack is watching this one with baited breath.
3. Simone Rocha
For all you Elizabethan-loving fashionistas out there, we have Simone Rocha Autumn Winter 2014.
I couldn’t possibly pin a favourite garment down. From wool lace lattices to semi-transparent structured dresses, there was an effortless punk regality present in this collection – one which not even Queen Vivienne herself has managed to bring to fruition. Every aspect of every look looked to be an intricate testament to the strength of the feminine. Her trademark pearls were nowhere to be seen: a shame, until you saw they were replaced with an abundance of exquisitely gilded edges and – the piece de resistance – brogues with transparent heels.
Goodness gracious, I
want need it all.
4. Matthew Williamson
Halfway between cartoon and couture, Matthew Williamson got his fancy schmancyness* out for Autumn/Winter ’14. With Danielle Scutt newly appointed as the artistic head of the brand, his knack for bohemia took a warped and wonderful turn into starbursts and crystals and jumpsuits (oh my!).
As a product of the Seventies himself, Williamson’s collection was a roaring homage to the decade. It was Studio 54 at its peak…the intellectual party girls on their biggest night out, dressed to be noticed. I want it all. Including the shop floor-friendly trickled items that have yet to be revealed.
* It’s a word.