With New York Fashion Week wrapped up for another season, it is London's turn to take the spotlight. London Fashion Week 2015 kicked off on 18 September with a whole host of designers debuting their spring/summer 2016 collections, and IBTimes UK's A-List was on hand to catch all the action.
LFW 2015 instantly feels completely distant to the previous years, having moved from its beloved home at Somerset House to the Brewer Street Car Park in Soho. Sure, it is a trendy space but a fellow guest summed it up perfectly, albeit stating the obvious: "It really is a car park." After climbing up the steep ramp, which was once used for vehicles, we arrived at the setting for J. JS Lee's SS16 display.
Although the outside looked like a car park, the show room had been transformed beautifully with a clinically white runway. The bright space brought out the sharp details of the designs, which have been inspired by Jackie JS Lee's new "carefree attitude". Flowing maxi dresses with yellow, powder blue and pink stripes brought the collection to life and embodied the spring/summer feel.
The South Korean designer has added depth to the range by throwing in a few androgynous pieces and putting a lighter spin on the female suit style that has dominated the trends over recent years. The theme of emancipation is littered throughout the collection, most notably in the bird print, which the designer says "charts the bird's flight path to freedom".
It was then on to Felder Felder's anticipated showcase, which was attended by former Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh and TV presenter Laura Whitmore. Whereas the Brewer Street Car Park offered a bright and clean tone, the Freemasons' Hall – where Felder Felder hosted their showcase – provided more of a vintage feel. Looks ranged from the demure to the daring with models strutting down the runway in everything from girly bodycons to see-through maxi dresses.
The showcase was a complete triumph for identical twin sister designers Annette and Daniela, who emerged at the end of the display to a rapturous applause from the audience. Overall, day one was a pleasurable experience but we suspect the best is yet to come from LFW 2015.