Best shows from LFW SS18 Day 5: Tommy Hilfiger, A.W.A.K.E., Rejina Pyo and Palmer // Harding
London Fashion Week
TOMMY HILFIGER: ROCK 'N' ROLL
The venue: As the closing show of London Fashion Week, Tommy Hilfiger upped the ante by staging a fashion rock circus in the historical Roundhouse in North London. The circular show space has seen the likes of the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Doors, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix.
The collection: Marking his first London show in two decades, Hilfiger's FW17 collection 'Tommy Now: Rock Circus' certainly saw a rekindling of his penchant for rock 'n' roll. Headlining the show was Tommy muse, Gigi Hadid, who undeniably turned the event from fashion show to full-on rock concert. Pieces from Hadid and Hilfiger's collaboration were featured alongside the main debuting collection, taking the form of biker jackets and slouchy hoodies emblazoned with heavy metal style logos — almost reminiscent of vintage band merch you'd find at a rock show. With generous doses of plaid, distressed denim and Hilfiger's signature navy-red running stripe, the collection was equal parts grunge and prep.
Something you might have missed: Hilfiger has adopted the see-now-buy-now model, so good news — those covetable outerwear pieces along with every article of Hadid merch are now available for sale here.
A.W.A.K.E.: REWORKED MENSWEAR
The collection: Gender-bending is still in session, and Natalia Alaverdian of A.W.A.K.E. (All Wonderful Adventures Kindle Enthusiasm) is doing just that. Classic menswear silhouettes were borrowed and repurposed, and manifested in the form of skewed blazers, supersized shoulders and draped glen plaid. Both prints and accessories were amplified as well, as models donned oversized polka dots and hats larger than Pharell's much-talked-about Grammy hat.
Buro loves: The disregard for proportion in this collection. Gone are the days where we subscribe to unsaid rules of fit in fashion; these days it's all about turning tailoring on its head and this is your cheat sheet right here.
Favourite look: That Columbia blue dress shirt tucked into a scarlet pencil skirt, with black cigarette trousers peeking just beneath that midi hem (look 14).
REJINA PYO: SUBTLE STATEMENT
The collection: Korean-born Rejina Pyo's eponymous label saw its first runway presentation this season, and it's looking promising. As former assistant designer at Roksanda, Pyo has clearly honed her design sensibility and translated it seamlessly into extremely wearable yet elegant ensembles. SS18 was a polished lineup of deep-V ruffle dresses, matching sets and artfully inflated proportions. But don't overlook the attention to detail — it's the quirky selection of mismatched blazer buttons and contrast seams that elevates the collection from effortless to sophisticated.
Favourite look: That all-red contrast stitch midi coat teamed with a woven mini purse (look 22).
Try this now: Don't stash your tinted sunnies just yet — integrate them into your daily workwear by pairing them with a classic white button-down to avoid any tonal clashes (looks 5 & 28).
PALMER//HARDING: ART OF THE SKEW
The collection: Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding gave us a masterclass on deconstructed shirting this season. With bias-cut pinstripes and hemlines gone askew, this is one way to recalibrate next season's workwear wardrobe. The label's styling game comes through strong here, with perfectly imbalanced layers and mid-calf boots that trick the eye into elongating the body.
Favourite look: That skewed printed shirt with a cross-halter neckline, layered over mustard trousers (look 24).
Buro loves: The pairing of drawstring with shirting this season. The unassuming styling update dresses down your everyday button-down, and it's definitely worth a venture if you've been craving a subtle closet makeover.
Catch up on all coverage from London Fashion Week spring/summer 2018.