Emilia Wickstead is one of the well-known London-based designers whose creative work never ceases to impress. After working at famous fashion houses such as Giorgio Armani and Proenza Schouler, she decided to launch her own label in 2008.
Her greatest accomplishment came a few years later, in 2012 when showcasing her first collection at London Fashion Week. Then and now the unique pieces beautifully designed by Emilia Wickstead gained a lot of appreciation and recognition – Elle magazine’s Style Award for Red Carpet Designer of the Year 2014 is an evident proof of her talent. Her eye for details and the importance given to craftsmanship are essential designing elements that make a great difference.
That could certainly be seen at London Fashion Week S/S16 when Emilia Wickstead amazed the audience unveiling a stunning collection in bold prints and pastel tones. Considered one of her best yet, it demonstrated her genuine ability to give a modern approach to the 1950’s styles.
For those who are already accustomed with the designer’s work, it’s not difficult to identify some common resemblances with her previous collections such as the clashing colours – which seemed to come to life on the runway, the classic, ladylike shapes and the utterly beautiful fabrics dancing on the runaway.
Playing extremely well with geometric prints, proportions and colours, Emilia Wickstead created show-stopping looks, from stunning maxi dresses to well-tailored jumpsuits, elegant capes and ladylike coats. The way she mixed contrasting prints together and created volume (puffed sleeves or billowing capes) brought a new refinement and polish to the clothes. Not to mention the fairy tale-inspired gowns that definitely stole the show with their unique designs and timeless elegance. Among her ready-to-wear collection she has also showcased the well-tailored trousers that emphasized the waist and elongated the silhouette.
Guest contributor: Andreea E. Rus