The Topshop Showspace was littered with bubbling pots, prepped vegetables and knives amongst the hustle and bustle of show goers shuffling in for the unveiling of Molly Goddard’s fall/winter 2018 collection. It was THE kitchen party of our dreams, especially since it came served with the Central Saint Martins’ graduates’ usual flurry of tulle and ruffled frocks in out of this world hues (in this case, varying between buzzing orange and bubblegum pink). Except this time it felt slightly more grown up, still retaining her knack for kitschy silhouettes and colourways to a perfect degree. The diverse cast of fun-loving girls anchored the collection beautifully, reiterating the fact the Molly Goddard girl is in every one of us. Scoop neck crop tops paired with floor length skirts cascaded down, punctuating layered tulle dresses among other offerings of gingham and smocking. Psychedelic printed tights with sandals topped it all off, just like the cherry on top of a very delectable slice of chocolate cake.
It seemed like the running theme for these two days have surrounded itself around celebrating women and Gareth Pugh’s FW18 aligned itself perfectly. “For women who accept zero bullshit”, as printed on the show notes, described the collection perfectly. It was power dressing at its best, with yet another reappearance of cinched waists and wide shoulders but with a very Gareth Pugh-esque touch. The entire venue was close to being in complete darkness and the show commenced with an angular silhouette in view, revealing it moments later with a burst of light. Models barged down the runway in exaggerated proportions with XXL shoulders in black pinstripes, leopard prints and vinyl, interjected with bursts of cobalt blue.