Day 3 of LFW was the perfect way to end the weekend. From the Belstaff presentation with Liv Tyler, to backstage access at Fei Fei Cicada at the V&A, it was truly a sartorial dream.
10.30 am - 12.30 pm: Roberts Wood time! Charlotte from team Shopcade said it was her favourite show thus far because the erie music and white runway really made the clothes stand out, which were inspired by 19th century working class clothing. The clothes transformed throughout the show to reflect the changes in social class, and the pieces became more feminine with ruffled details.
11:30 am: Charlotte from the content teams makes her way to the Apu Jan show. "The show started with a photographer screaming at a front row guest to move her leg with 'enormous heels' from the catwalk. Apu Jan's 'An Ancient Summer Night's Dream' was everything you'd expect from the designer: flowy dresses, feminine prints, and a mixture of conventional and not so conventional shapes. One word to describe the collection would be delicacy. The models were supported by a live duet mixing Slow Shudders vocals with a flute and electronic mix".
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Charlotte from our team heads on over to The Felicities x Mastered Exclusive LFW Experience."It took place in the Hoxton Hotel in Holborn, which is a great space, plus it was amazing to see a smaller designers showcase their work" The stand out for her was Linnie Mclarty and her jewellery which aimed to empower women rather than make them look pretty.
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: I'm off to the Phoebe English presentation at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The venue is a beautiful town house, which is why it was such a shame that the atmosphere felt rushed. We waited for 15 minuets, which for a presentation isn't very common, and then once we entered the building we were rushed through the room, meaning that it was hard to take in the beautiful creations. The Phoebe English designs were minimal, structural and very on trend- just next time it would be nice to see them for more than a few minuets!
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Belstaff Across The Wilderness + Belstaff and Liv Tyler presentation begins, and our team spot a number of famous faces- Olivia Palermo, Mollie King and Liv Tyler. The rustic decor, with hay and wild flowers contrasted perfectly with the modern pieces, but felt cohesive due to the earthy palette used.
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: The show I've been looking forward to all day is here - Fei Fei Cicada at the V&A. I arrive early to head backstage, where the dresses are hanging on mannequins as the models get touch ups done, and press review the pieces. The designer is very hands on, I even spot her helping to dress a model at one point. We then head on through to the catwalk, and the setting is beautiful- right in the middle of the V&A entrance, all marble and plush interiors. The show itself is magical, the models walk in a regal and slow manner, which suits the pieces perfectly- the dresses wouldn't seem out of place in an exhibition here. Once the show ends, the designer leads us through to a separate room where the models stand (amongst artefacts) and the guests can view the designs from close up. We leave in awe, and in disbelief that this is the first collection post her graduate one.
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm: Whilst we're at Fei Fei Cicada, Shopcade's Salome heads over to the Malan Breton show. The show was majestic, with rich fabrics and attention to detail, what made it so special was that the menswear pieces which were as focal as the womenswear. Salome spoke to the designer after the show, the designer said that the inspiration for the collection was "new beginnings and a light sensibility of possibility", Malan Breton expanded stating that the "women wearing my collection come from all walks of life, from Ariana Grande to business women in New York".
See our snaps from the shows above....
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