Oxford Fashion Studio AW18
Fashion Week is a time to unveil new collections ahead of seasons and for fashion moguls to gather and revel over common ground in style. As a content writer and fashion stylist, as much as I enjoy studying the trending, big labels and seeking inspiration from their collections, it is always somewhat refreshing to attend shows of upcoming designers and brands alike. Invited to attend and provide an online coverage of the Oxford Fashion Studio (OFS) event during Paris Fashion Week, was an offer I couldn’t refuse.
New York, London and Paris, the OFS event has come around again. Showcasing collections by independent designers and upcoming global fashion brands to press, consumers and fashion connoisseurs. On Saturday 3rd March, OFS reached its final destination, the InterContinental Paris Le Grand.
Rue Scribe was filled with stylish men and women from all over the world, with one objective, to see some fashion! The schedule of the event was split into three live shows. Attending all three, I had the opportunity to watch between 6 and 8 internationally selected designers within the first two shows and the final show of Lebanese designer, Rouba. G. This report will take a closer look at some of the collections from Show I.
Beginning the runway action with designer, photographer and artist, Rudy Wolff. Manifested within her collection, this skill set resonated. The Victorian concept was explored with corsets, high neck beaded embellishments and ruffles in shades of off-white and blues to suggest continuity of an era once prominent within the fashion industry. She cleverly incorporated sci-fi features from the future by adding glitter and sequin detailings on an armour of blue and silver spacesuit jackets and harem trousers. The defining moment was the appearance of the disco ball as an accessory to complete the final look. Rudy Wolff-The journey through time where science transforms the traditional.
Alina Petra formerly specialising in swimwear, has now launched a ready-to-wear range, complete with sparkles, feathers and patterns within sheer fabrics. The first look on the runway was the seductive off-shoulder mini dress coated with sheer glitter. The collection provided pieces exploring different lengths yet the recurring slim-fit style in a mermaid-like structure which was displayed within the majority of pieces. The signature ballerina dress completed a princess’s dream wardrobe.
The vintage fabrics of knitted fun; with Ankara compositions, quite ironic with the Russian knitwear; the idea of Arctic winters warmed by the African summers. The stunning panelling throughout, displaying the heritage patterns and features of the Native American culture. Much closer to home, some of the looks celebrated the ‘bohemian’ trends of our London’s Old Street, a possible reference to the designer’s name.
Nahal Shad Designs
The final collection of Show I presented a palette of autumnal colours left within a simple, flow-like structure. The designs and embroidery were playful with the cuff knots details in particular. The signature piece was the bandeau mini dress with draped curtain-like tassels at its hem, synced at the waist to create a silhouette. The designer herself came out and greeted her audience in velvet with bold red lips to complement her jumpsuit.
With Show I complete, it was time for the cocktail reception, an opportunity to network and reminisce about the fashion we had just seen as they prepared for the next one. Although we appreciate the setting and visual arrangement of a fashion show, I also wanted to honour the selection of music played in line with each collection.
A great start to OFS event. Stay tuned for highlights from Show II.
Written by Bankee @bankeestyling
Photography by Sana Ben Ayed @sanabenayed_photography
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