As the opening show of London Fashion Week, there was a great buzz surrounding Antoni & Alison’s early morning presentation. The editors from Vogue and the Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander arrived early to sit alongside top international bloggers and Central Saint Martins students sporting particularly avant-garde ensembles.
Backed by an ear-splitting soundtrack of harsh electro, Antoni & Alison’s models all shared roughly cropped hair, natural make-up and electric blue nails, styling that ensured all eyes were focused on the clothes. Both designers have an artistic background and this was evident in the abstract screen-printed shift dresses that dominated the collection.
Shapes were simple, featuring slashed boat necks and the occasional maxi length, while prints blended heritage tweed and herringbone with scrawled felt-tip drawings, oversized buttons and bows. The colour palette was varied, with yellow, green and blue all making an appearance, and the standout piece was a knee-length slip dress in a stunning poppy print splashed onto a violet background with embroidered flames stretching towards the hem.