London Fashion Week, 20th February, 2015
I finally made it to London to see my good friends Vin and Omi present a runway show! I have been covering their collections for the blog for a few years now and it was great to see a VIN + OMI show first hand! After standing in the cold for a while it was good to go downstairs in the warmth of The Drury Club in London. I had a great view from the front row and had a wonderful time laughing along with the guys as they presented their VIN + OMI Autumn Winter 2015 Collection.
The show started strong with a floral and grey long shirt dress. I noticed THE HAIR which was part wig and part wooly number straight away. The platform floral shoes were also a big draw card - I could hear numerous people comment on them too. A full blue floral dress, blue flower shoes and blue headpiece on a model signified the shift in the show from floral theme to Acid Alpaca theme. In the future VIN + OMI see people breeding their own livestock and making some of their own clothes directly from fleece. The duo used raw UK fleece as an alternative to fur in the second half of the show and sourced rare and interesting fleeces from smallholders in the UK for the collection.
Our fleeces are sculpted and hand woven to give a raw natural feel. Yes, there may still be bits of straw in it... that's the point. Grow your own coat and keep the planet going.
The strong silvers, oranges and blues at the start of the collection act as a stark contrast to the natural fleece elements in the show. The first glimpse of wool are the woven/knitted dresses with holes in them - they're kind of like your grandmothers teapot cozy (see the last photo below). From there, the wool only gets bigger and warmer. By the end of the show, models are covered in fleece from head to toe. As a viewer, I could see a clear fluid progression in the show and by the end of the presentation I was having a ball! Which is the reaction Vin and Omi are after. The hair, makeup and nail concepts are all helped along by teams at Daniel Galvin & Maria Papadopoulou and Lisa Smith Nails.
Great show VIN + OMI. Your work is (indeed) never predicatable.
What do you think? Any thoughts on such left-wing fashion? If you've been following along with my London Fashion Week posts - you'd know that a lot of people attend London Fashion Week because it is slightly less predictable than other Fashion Weeks. Comment at the end of the post!