You must have all heard the saying tell God your plans, and he will laugh… I planned to have this post up yesterday straight after the show but time was against me, so in order to give UEL justice I am posting right now with the highlights ( not the quickest ones that would upload because there is practically no time to do a proper post between shows without a team) oh well you live and learn, so keep up to date with my tweets, and tumbles on the last day of GFW before the Gala show.
There are whisperings of a runaway star named Aimee Ward, this young designer was already featured in a preview in 21 (which I aptly instagrammed) and lo and behold as I got to my seat the gladiator princess dress was on the cover of the UEL prospectus. Joanna Pybus opened the show with striped dresses in blocked colours, pastel paisly, and enlarged eye prints, almost pop art clockwork orange but a lot more up to date, a fun clear umbrella continuing the surreal; dotted with the now signature cartoon eye prevalent throughout the collection. Thanks to my camera eye ( very busy concentrating on the shot, only appreciating the clothes when editing later) I discovered Felippe Johann a wonderful mix of pattern and texture with fur shoulders, and mitts, I love when the necklace is already part of the garment. Uma Kangai was like sugar and candyfloss with an unabashed girlieness of sheer pink dresses, shirts, and trousers. Just imagine if a flamingo, and ice skater got married ( I never joke this is fashion we will call it flamingo Icapades chic). Back to that girl I was talking about earlier, Ms Ward closed the show in soft chiffon hardened with silver binding overlay with a slight flapper feel even though it reminded me of armour; going by the book it said she drew inspiration from sea anemones, I didn’t get that at all, but just she was still just one of the designers that solidified UEL as the best show of the day. Look out for more individual posts of the designers to come a well as galleries of the full show.