London Fashion Week – Day 4

17:30 Reem Alasadi, On|Off Exhibition, Science Museum

What Reem – the line which takes the same name as the designer – desrcribes of this era’s fashion trend is probably true for her collection as well. “Fucking chaotic”. But of course in a nice way. A sophisticated level and pleasant mixed style, romatism and quirkiness; a reinvented victorian cropped jacket with a pair of what I can only imagine Iraqi sandals.

The level of details; the intricasy of the craftsmanship; the fabric the collection uses rival the genuine couture houses. Although not all pieces received top notch level of tailoring, the silouette and the creativity is undoubtedly plausible. A self-taught designer and a very articulate business woman, we had a small interview with her and had permission to try on a few pieces!

Kawai: Fashion inevitably recycles idea, what is so special about the era we are in now that we haven’t seen before?

Reem: Fucked up chaos. I mean look at this! (Points to her rapey looking white top)

Kawai: Do you believe in trends?

Reem: I don’t follow trends. But no matter how trendy you are everybody inevitably gets influenced by bits of it.

Here are some of her pieces:

An elephant...scarf? Neck decorating piece? Jacket?

An elephant...scarf? Neck decorating piece? Jacket?

Kawai gets to try on an insane feathery cape. Mixed fabric of expensive feather, murano lace, tulle and with a felt lining. This pretty much spells the "fucking chaotic" philosophy for Reem.

Kawai gets to try on an insane feathery cape. Mixed fabric of expensive feather, murano lace, tulle and with a felt lining. This pretty much spells the "fucking chaotic" philosophy for Reem.

This is how the front of the cape looks like on catwalk. Reem AW08

This is how the front of the cape looks like on catwalk. Reem AW08

19:45 William Tempest, Fashion Scout Merit Award Winner.

A new talent’s show being attended by some of the most influential journalists in British Fashion: Colin McDowell and Hilary Alexander. You know this is going to be a heavy show. And this did not disappoint.

The show opened with a few futuristic shoulders that give the impression of a space invader suit.

Space invader shoulder

Space invader shoulder

Recurrent themes include origami hems, beautifully folded and tailored. Neat and tidy 3D shapes. And then again origami lengthy and reinforced pockets folded on the side of a knee length A-line skirt with a corset lined tube top.

Beautifully executed origami hem adds edginess to youthful feminity.

Beautifully executed origami hem adds edginess to youthful feminity.

The collection includes a lot of printed fabrics, purple and acidic pink, on what I imagine to be gabardine. Lovely jacket, almost the only short and officious fitted jacket in the show. William worked perfectly around this fabric and attained a symmetric V shape on a bit of tie-dye.

The V-Shaped tie-dye jacket on gabardine.

The V-Shaped tie-dye jacket on gabardine.

Gone backstage and chat to the Grandad of William Tempest (oops!) more photos later. Check out William’s full collection here.

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