Now trending AW18

Now trending AW18

All the thrills and spills from London Fashion Week, where the Toni&Guy session team set the pace

As ever, London Fashion Week was a bright and bold affair. The AW18 collections were marked by colour and pattern galore with plenty of pink at Ryan Lo and Molly Goddard’s tulle masterpieces reimagined in shocking shades of orange – even the traditional Burberry check got a rainbow makeover as Christopher Bailey paid homage to LGBTQ+ youth for his swansong at the brand. The surprise of the season happened over at Richard Quin’s floral print-filled catwalk when Her Majesty The Queen sat front row next to Vogue’s Anna Wintour, in advance of presenting Quinn with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. Meanwhile, our monarch was temporarily eclipsed by Preen’s Thornton and Bregazzi, as the Isle of Man – where both designers grew up – issued a six-stamp collection in honour of the brand’s 20 year anniversary.

Things were softer, yet no less colourful at Tata Naka where the designer duo presented a celebration of Georgian folklore with vintage designs reinterpreted using modern silhouettes. This was continued in the hair by International Artistic Director and Head of Education Cos Sakkas, who alongside the Toni&Guy session team, took the beehive and gave it a contemporary twist with loose curls framing the face. Over at Henry Holland, things took a turn for the casual with pattern clashing and terrace style scarves served up. To compliment the collection, Cos added interest to the simple ponytail, with wisps around the hairline and fabric detailing around the hair.

Left to right: Cos Sakas, Taka Naka. Henry Holland

London has always been an incubator for raw talent, particularly at Fashion Scout – the UK’s largest independent fashion showcase for emerging designers. Under its umbrella, this season we saw Clare Tagg present a collection inspired by oriental flora and fauna, with air hostess silhouettes to boot. Backstage, Toni&Guy’s International Artistic Director Jon Wilsdon created a structured yet delicate update on the classic bun. Meanwhile at STARSICA, International Artistic Director and London Hairdresser of the Year Indira Schauwecker – reflecting designer Ike Seungik Lee’s dramatic collection of wearable suits and coats – referenced 20s glamour with finger waves moulded into structured up-dos. And to compliment Zeynep Kartal’s velvet rich celebration of 60s glamour and Art Deco exuberance, International Artistic Director Efi Davies created luxurious, youthful sleek styles.

Left to right: Claire Tagg. Zeynep Kartal

 

  • Words: Miriam Bouteba