Bora Aksu‘s FW19 collection takes flight as it looks to Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to go into space, as its muse. “I believe a woman should always remain a woman and nothing feminine should be alien to her”, a phrase by Tereshkova herself, that sings harmoniously with Aksu’s army of space girls, clad in a perfect balance of romance and all things iridescent. Drawing contrasts on her early life with her space exploration, the London-based Turkish designer explored new silhouettes, materials and key details. The ethereal colour palette of lilac, purple, pink and green combined with subtle shades of white, cream and a soft blue anchored the collection of over-the-top layered tulle dresses and frocks. Mary Janes and knee high boots, adorned with light-coloured stockings accompanied the classic combination of soft fabrics paired with strong and bold silhouettes of coats, boxy jackets and puffer jacket (reminiscent of an astronaut’s suit). Knitwear designer, Liria Pristine, hand embroidered and knitted the headpieces while pearl jewelry and the ultra cool space-age sunglasses, seen on every single model, were made in collaboration with Halo and Co.
Ryan Lo’s fantasy world of Japanese Manga, Rose of Versailles, came to life in his FW19 collection. His signature candy coloured palette went down a notch with the injection of sombre blacks and whites. In the calmness of it all — as seen through the way models sauntered down the runway — Lo looked to Japanese illustrator Rune Naito’s 1960’s illustrations of doe-eyed girls in their retro frocks, adorned in bouffant hairstyles. Lo’s penchant for sugary sweet details were seen in massive proportions, from dusty pink lurex sweatpants and hoodies to marabou ski bunny ear muffs and bearskin hats (in collaboration with Stephen Jones Millinery).
In collaboration with Jimmy Choo, Ashley Williams’ risque FW19 collection was definitely NSFW (not suitable for work). Kilts and cardigans, girly foil frocks, mumsy skirt suits and chavvy tracksuits with her key phrase of this season “POWER NAP”, were aplenty: some with electric hues of lime green, pastel pairings of lilac and mint, but mostly with “pussy cats” and “horny devils”. It was a collection of every possible style under the sun, but made in true Ashley Williams’ style.
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