Son Jung Wan
Look: Entitled The Gentle Beauty of Nature, Son Jong Wan took his inspiration from Jeju, a volcanic island in South Korea. This was a metallic collection, with reflective fabrics, comprising pant-suits and dresses as well menswear. Sequins complemented the metallic effects—Son clearly sees a shiny spring ’16 in shades of lilac, silver, gold and turquoise. Ivory white was also spotted with a band of silver lining. Female models wore a silver headband around their forehead to add that extra sparkle.
Alice & Olivia
Look: Alice & Olivia gave a gypsy-esque, Bohemian look, her spring 2016 woman wearing embroidered skirts, wide-leg trousers, lace-up knee-high boots, crop-tops and floor length dresses. Chiffons, ruffles, and patchwork were the order of the day, with nude, black, camel and denim blue set off by heavily ornamented florals. Hair was kept natural with a sharp centre part pulled back into a voluminous messy ponytail, using Fekkai hair products.
Vibe: Very pregnant designer Stacey Bendet (expecting baby number three) put on quite a show, with a laid-back, musically inspired setting. The desert feel came to life with a seated, carpeted setting.
Look: Much celebrated in China for her exuberant designs, Wang Tao’s Taoray Wang spring–summer 2016 collection’s inspiration derives from the grandiose movie, Out of Africa. According to the designer, the Taoray Wang woman can be described as independent, confident and strong. With various hues of green and blue, as well as stark black and white, Wang took us back to Karen Blixen’s era and the settings of the Oscar-winning film. Skirts with long, lean slits, V-neck dresses, wide neck tops, asymmetrical skirts and plaid jackets all formed part of the Taoray Wang world. Many styles were complemented with felt brimmed hats and dark shades; hair was neatly pulled back.
Noon by Noor
Look: Hues of azure, pearly white, peach, glistening gold and black took over the runway with bold prints and metallic fabrics to depict nature’s ambiance, from fluttering birds to the detailed, blossoming flowers. Designers Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa went for a youthful vibe, with cropped jackets, loose tops, and pinafore and sheath dresses, for a flirty, fun and feminine spring. Sporty is in for the season at Noon by Noor.
Dan and Corina Lecca
Look: Erin Fetherston stands out for sustaining an haute, feminine feel even among what appears to be simplistic looks at first glance. Inspired by the edgy work of Deborah Turbeville, and the photography of David Hamilton, Fetherston offered bellowing and wind-blowing pieces including classy chiffon dresses as well as skirts. They were accompanied by exquisite, old-fashioned capes, loose ankle-high pants, and lace-up sandals, portraying a laid-back, summery look. Whites, sky blues and pale greens featured, contributing to the lightness of spring 2016. •
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