Dashing along New Oxford Street at 9.30am on Saturday morning, I was very close to being late for Bernard Chandran's show but it was all very organised and I made it in time securing myself a nice spot to take pictures of the collection. Last season it was the feathers and fabulous beading that stood out from Chandran's show, this year it was the metallic fabrics.
Chandran, like countless other designers this season, created plenty of sheer pieces and used lighter fabrics. The effect is romantic and feminine, yet the metallics and linear prints give it a futuristic feel. I preferred the softer looks rather than the more exaggerated shapes. Patent leather and lurex silk were new fabrics for this collection, and Chandran describes the woman who would wear these looks as embracing both 'the traditional and the modern'. Chandran's roots influence his collections strongly with colours reminiscent of a Malaysian rainforest and silhouettes inspired by traditional Malay wear.
A couple of the dresses were cut really wide on the shoulders and low in the front which left them sliding off, add some killer heels to the equation and there were a couple of slip-ups. The poor models seemed terrified of the concrete steps they had to navigate in the industrial setting with one of them having to painfully-hobble all the way off runway.
The mood was lifted though and I left the show wanting to dance because the music was so cool. The thumping bass was enough to wake us all up and kick start day 2 of London Fashion Week. I heard afterwards that the super cool Mr Hudson was on the decks, awesome! Others in attendance were Tori Amos (who wore Bernard Chandran on one of her album covers) and ex-Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt.
Here are a few of my favourite looks...