Harness - Elastigear
Shirt - Rabbithole London
Boots - Dr Martens
A beautiful sunny Saturday morning and Day 2 of London Fashion Week. Today I decided to channel one of my favorite brands (that I totally can't afford) - Givenchy. I bought the elastic harness a few weeks ago as a payday treat to myself from new brand Elastigear. Self described as 'fashionably restrained', Elastigear stocks a range of elasticated harnesses and accessories in really unusual designs, and all very reasonably priced. Although there were a few different designs I wanted, I eventually chose the Gauntlet harness in Black. Although the harness is designed to fit up to a 36" waist, I did find it a bit tight, and I am by no means a big guy. I found it to be much more comfortable when I wore it backwards, and actually I preferred the shapes it created on my body when the cross was at the back. I layered the harness over a white longline shirt, which I then paired with basic black jeans. My accessories provided another nod to my muse Givenchy (or I guess specifically Riccardo Tisci), using white laces in my Dr Martens boots, and a clean zip detail clutch bag. After getting my housemate to get a few quick snaps of me, I headed off to my first (and only) show of the day - Julien Macdonald.
So clearly I left it far too late applying for fashion show tickets this season as I haven't had many, but I was super lucky that one of the few tickets I did get was a big name. Maybe it was the Welsh connection that gave me the edge, who knows, but I'm so glad I went, as this collection gave me a newfound respect for the designer from my homeland. I've never been a huge fan of his work, and I was expecting the usual riot of colour and tight, low cut sparkly cocktail dresses, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the Spring/Summer 16 collection. The womenswear brought to mind the glory days of Balmain - when it had that cool rocker edge a few years ago, before the Kardashians threw up all over it (or is that vice versa?). One thing is for sure, the man knows how to make women look sexy, but this season they had a much cooler edge, with slicked back hair and sultry eyes. The show culminating in the most beautiful jumpsuit come bridal dress with stunning embroidery and the perfect train. But the major surprise was the triumphant selection of menswear. I. Am. In. Love. I seriously want it all. Those all black knits, the sandals, and even the embellished pieces are exactly what I want from a menswear collection right now. I loved the sheer knit leggings layers under shorts, and the silhouettes of some of the silk pieces were excellent. After the show I headed to the Brewer street car park to see what the situation is now that fashion week is no longer at Somerset House. Luckily I wasn't the only one baffled by the move, with many people I spoke to not really knowing where to hang out now that there is no courtyard. After about 10 minutes of fighting through the crowds of people congregated in the street outside the carpark, I decided enough was enough and headed home. I have a few tickets for Monday and Tuesday, but unfortunately can't go due to work, so tomorrows blog post will be purely about the Joseph fashion show, and that will be it from me for this fashion week.