|Street Style in human form - mister Scott Schuman, the one and only Sartorialist|
3rd day of LFW was Sunday. Some rested, I did a light-day. 'Only' visited womenswear according to menswear genius Paul Smith & the luxe-de-luxe young master Kristian Aadnevik. Also snapped (as in 'took pictures of') some interesting people (see: Scott Schuman and Johnny Q) & visited the Negarin showroom. All in all, it was not a lazy Sunday.
NOT. AT. ALL.
Paul Smith's show was probably in my top 5 of the whole fashion week. And for many MANY reasons. One of them is the A-mazing space of Central Saint Martins which contrasted so well as an industrial backdrop for his easy-breezy-beautiful
(no, not Covergirl) pieces. Other reasons include his immaculate skill of connecting womenswear to classic menswear. I know he's well known as a master in that area, but seeing his story live made it so much more real. Of course his show wasn't perfect - it was at moments too fussy, or even too simple for luxe yet too complicated for minimalism. Still, the sexy 'boyfriend shirt' dresses felt so sexy, yet so easy to wear, and the hand-knitted pieces grabbed your attention instantly. His prints were interesting, but not so strong as the knits or bold monochromatic pieces. Still, one of my favourite pieces from the collection was the plaid blue-toned coat which flowed beautifully in all its glory. The thing is - the power of Paul Smith cannot be tamed. He sexifies women in the most casual way possible. And oh, how he succeeds.
On the other side of the sexy spectrum (which exists in my head and probably in my head only) is a young Norwegian designerKristian Aadnevik. His maximalism luxurious Morocco-inspired collection showed that women in love with their own sex-appeal don't have to wear only short skirts. Undoubtebly, all of the pieces were made specially for one specific kind of girl - the one that feels powerful, sexy, and isn't afraid to show of her top-notch body (not in a vulgar way!). He graduated from London College of Arts, but his type of bliss reminds me of a mix between italian Versace and early-century Russia. It was a Spring-Summer collection, but the only thing that missed from the glitz&glam was the fur. Detailing the clothes made the pieces overwrought at times, but it all still remained looking chic, not fussy. From a stylist's perspective, the hair was a nice ode to those sexy-and-I-know-it girls and it worked well with the clothes, but a cleaner look could have been a benefit for the designer. I must admit, sitting in the frow & visiting the backstage before the show (seeing the mood-board & models getting ready ˆ.ˆ) was quite an experience. ;)
|@ Paul Smith|
|Central Saint Martins @ Paul Smith|
|Mr. Paul Smith himself|
|Johnny Q with a dandy friend @ Paul Smith|
|let's get down, dirty &industrial @ Paul Smith|
|backstage @ Kristian Aadnevik|
|sexy models backstage @ Kristian Aadnevik|
|spider shoes @ Kristian Aadnevik|