adventures | LONDON show ROOMS at Ace Gallery (Part I)

10.24.2011
After graduating from fashion school, I was fortunate to study abroad at Central Saint Martins in London. Exploring the city, I was immersed in its food, design, and history. I also became a deeper admirer of many of London’s innovative and creative talents. So, when I received an invitation to the LONDON show ROOMS event, I was completely ecstatic and honored. Its main goal is to introduce a wider audience to London’s brightest designers. Many of my favorite London designers were participating in the show and were also present to personally talk about their Spring 2012 collections. To able to be that close to the designs and have an opportunity to talk to the designers was priceless and something I will never forget. Thank you to StarWorksGroup and The British Fashion Council! You have made my week, better yet my year!! I am infinitely inspired and creatively re-energized!!

 
(photos via own and wire image)

The following were the participating designers…
(more in part II post)

The coordinators of the show brought us in small groups to meet each of the designers and view their collections. Spring is definitely in full bloom! The first room showed Richard Nicoll and Rosanda Illincic. Richard’s clothes had an ethereal beauty to each piece, very romantic with a modern twist… there were sheer silk dresses with hoop underskirts and horsehair for shape. Rosanda’s 60's inspiration was very apparent. I loved the dropped waist dresses and her take on the bell sleeve/dress in amazing vibrant, monochromatic hues. The next room featured several designers in the same space. First, I saw Jonathan Saunders who showed a collection that was more clean and minimal, than in the past years. The colors beautifully sung together with touches of pops against neutrals and sparkle. I especially loved the cream silk dresses with intricate folds and pleating. Next, I met the sweet genius, Mary Katrantzou. Her inspiration included “industrial fabrication versus formal beauty in nature”… which was accentuated by the amazing way she utilized contrast fabrics, textures, and prints within a single garment in complete harmony. After, I wandered over to the masterpieces of Peter Pilotto. The draping and folding of the pieces were incredible. I really liked the graphic elements within the prints and the use of zippers and athletic details within many of the styles. Then I viewed the Erdem collection…. modern with cool, blue tones. I was first drawn to the handcrafted details, such as the embroidery and the amazing use of florals. Each piece was so wearable and would effortlessly work in any woman’s wardrobe. After, I saw Marios Schwab’s collection which was set apart from the others in terms of color palette with more neutrals mixed with black and white. There was a futuristic tone to the collection, and his inspiration of the “mini decade” was quite apparent. I loved the use of grid fabric and pattern against solids. It felt so modern and clean. In the next room, I viewed Todd Lynn’s collection. It featured a great array of his signature tailoring, which was impeccable. I loved the color palette with greys and electric blues, against black and white, along with the structured minimalism and beautiful cut-outs. There is so much more to write… I’ll do so in another post!
But before I go… I must share a little moment that happened right before I left. As I was on my way out, someone stopped me to ask about my pom-pom hat… and to my surprise it was Lauren from HonestlyWTF (an awesome inspiration / diy blog)!! She is an absolute doll! We chatted about jewelry, how The Wall Street Journal wrote about diy’ers, how Erica is out exploring the world, and hopefully crafting together in the future!

(Outfit: Artizia blouse, Skirt from The Thread Affair, Marni heels, diy pompom hat)

Please check out this cool boutique: TheThreadAffair.com... which will launch next month. More about them and some SwellMayde collaborations in a future post!!

xoxo, aimee

22 comments:

ftashion said...

Oh my! Such an experience to be invited to the event!! Makes me envious! Can't wait to see your 2nd series of photos!

Ash :o)
ftashion

jen said...

wow! such an awesome event!!! so inspiring!!!!

her persona said...

love your skirt, and all the colourful floral prints

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Mila said...

cute skirt <3
I love your outfits :)
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Petiteélégant said...

Such a lovely outfit!

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

your life has been looking incredible! love your hat!

<3 steffy
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Mandy Crandell said...

Love these behind the scenes peeks!

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elle said...

amazing photos!! love your whole look!!

mlw said...

I love all the different colors and textures in this post, very nice!

irene said...

love the colors. nice pictures irene wibowo

April said...

love the showroom with all of the different prints and colors!
You look great as well. Loving the shoes!

XO

nicola lynde. said...

I cannot express how jealous I am. Looks like a magical event, I love all of the colourblocking in the showrooms, makes it so clean and visually appealing. And I love that you wore your DIY straw hat.

aleXandra said...

Tkanks for sweet comment on my blog darling ;*

great photos, you have great,classic style :))

xoxo

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Michaela Scalisi said...

Awesome photos!! I like your outfit :)


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xoxo Michaela

Sleepy Darlings said...

What an amazing opportunity!! and such a crazy good selection of designers, it must have been even better up close.

Thought you might be interested in my blog, it covers fashion, vintage, shopping inspiration, and a few of my DIY's. Check it out!

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Vivid Virginia said...

Oh my! What a great post! I love it and in love with your cute hat :)

White Honeyr

Closet Hound said...

How did you go thru that entire showroom without grabbing a rack and just running off with it?! These all look SO amazing. And you are too cute! Love your hat

xo Sherrie
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Chanel said...

Love the outfit you wore, and the pictures of the show rooms. Looks like you had a great time!

onyx feather said...

what an awesome experience! grew up in london so I'm completely jealous. thanks for spotlighting these designers. the rack of print dresses? INCREDIBLE.

Anisa Young said...

The amount of floral and neon blows me away, in a good way. Looks like you had an awesome time, I know I would! And omg! Honestly WTF is such a cool blog, jealous you got to meet her! xxAnisa

heathergood said...
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heathergood said...

I love that pleated leather skirt you are wearing! I just recently did a project for class and used a photo of a skirt almost exactly the same as yours made by ARYNK.

ps: what a great experience!! :]

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