Originally published online by Wylde Magazine.
It seems all Sadie Williams needed to begin building an Autumn/Winter 2016 collection was an old photograph of her parents on a skiing holiday as youth, inspiring a collection filled with exciting vintage nuances and a pair of leather trousers referencing those worn by her father in his younger days. This season’s offerings, titled “Off Piste,” may have started with a trip to the past, but what Williams presented during London Fashion Week was anything but a collection of tired vintage doppelgangers.
Self-Portrait’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection paraded a colour palette of Francis Bacon-inspired hues along a classically romantic lineup of modern guipure lace dresses and separates — a testament to the Malaysian-born Han Chong’s ability to weave unexpected elements with accessible designs. Always one to create an extra-special dress destined to grace the Red Carpet, the Central Saint Martins alumnus rolled out this season’s offerings with something we haven’t really seen in the label’s lifespan so far — attitude.
For Fall 2016, the creative minds behind the label WOOYOUNGMI, Madame Woo and her daughter Katie Chung, drew inspiration from their personal garden, where unique elements of delicacy and the harsh fates of nature appeared balanced in perfect harmony. In reflection, Woo and Chung embraced a sense of fresh eclecticism, exploring ways to make each piece look original and yet – when browsed side by side with the rest of the collection – in complete harmony.
The elegant simplicity of rural clothes came to life in Isabel Benenato’s collection for Fall/Winter 2016. Simply called “Darkwood,” this collection was far from simple. Through the presentation, Benenato combined her natural design instincts with elements sourced from the traditional homespun workwear worn by generations of men in the Japanese countryside from the early 20th century to 1960, as documented by the rare photographic essay, “Yokohama – Shashin.”