Sunday, 19 February 2012

London Fashion Week: Shao Yen AW12


Aimed at ‘creative women who aim to look classic but playful’, Bright Young Things 2011designer Shao Yen‘s AW12 collection wasn’t one to miss.
In one of the most hectic settings so far, a lonesome cellist soundtracked the packed room pushing and shoving to get a shot of a collection artfully displayed on models raised on several high podiums. Despite my own personal fears that the models (one of which I worked with at Fashion156) may fall to their deaths in one misjudged nudge,  ‘Class’ looked instantly impressive. Inspired by quintessentially British style, the designs draw upon the country with the inclusion of tweed in several ensembles whilst contrasting leather and fur are unusually integrated into more delicate pieces to satisfy Yen’s trademark fascination with unconventional material. Simple and classic pinstripe suits and polo neck knits too are given a certain youthful edge.
Neutrals, blacks and browns are lifted with vivid injections of orange tailoring and turquoise trims to put a playful spin on conventional and often dull formal wear. The playfullness of the collection is also apparent in the makeup as models donned rosy cheeks (presumably to go along with the good ol' British farmer complexion?) and bold red rips. I know its garish and probably awful in reality but I SERIOUSLY want me some orange fur in some form and asap. 







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C. x

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