MODA AW15: Catwalk Trends Recap
“This season’s catwalk really captured the mood of the garments.”
Story by Michelle Broomes with photos by Gavin Kemp of www.lingeriephotographer.co.uk.
I always look forward to the catwalk at MODA as it sets a precedent for what pieces we are going to see in real time in the upcoming seasons. The AW15 show was held at the home of MODA, Birmingham NEC, from February 15-17, 2015, with the Lingerie and Swimwear show once again, coming under the firm patronage of LYCRA® mogul, INVISTA.
The AW15 L&S season is set to unfold along the guidelines of nine major fashion trends:
“Every Breath You Take”
Traditional autumnal colours just right for the dimming season. Alternatives to black will include deep blues like navy and rich wine colours. Sexy shapes, floral infusions and touches of lace should keep the pieces from feeling too utilitarian but they will feel as essential as air.
“Pretty Little Things”
Great colours to transition from the hotter hues of summer. Milder colourways including pink, light blues and corals paired with rustic florals will make the pieces feel sweet, girly and reminiscent of warmer days. Look pretty as a picture with this cute pink/floral ensemble from Lepel.
These pieces will be outstanding with beautiful design elements such as embroidery, textured pattern and decorative lace ‘carved’ into their makeup. They are elegant show pieces that are ideal for special occasions, like this exquisite set below.
The season would not be complete without its muted side. “Hidden Beauty” conjures up images of whispered tones that disappear into the background when we need them to. In subtle shades like pale rose and gorgeous greys, their beauty is in their discretion. But, make no mistake, they are not void of style. This silver/grey and peach number from Alterego makes for a fantastic daily delight as well as secretly tantalizing symbolism if you’re a fan of E.L James.
Above: Maison Lejaby.
Collections will be quite symbolic of the late 19th Century Art Nouveau movement. Decadence, opulence and a bit of the eccentric are the main thrust of these pieces which have been spun with a modern twist. But sumptuous finishing, curvaceous linear decor and highly decorative, stylized floral trimmings will take us back to a period when there was secret longing for things avant-garde. Contrast colourways looks like black on nude backgrounds really bring out the architecture of these pieces like this spectacular set by Maison Lejaby.
Above: Nicola Jane.
Sophisticated looks played out on a classic nautical mood board of red, white and blue. The feel is glamourous and fit for cruising. Retro spins like this swim dress from Nicola Jane are sure to be a hit, particularly for those who like a bit more cover on the beach.
With potent colour combos that make them hard to ignore, these collections scream ‘fun in the sun’ for your getaways. Yellow, orange, blue and pink in psychedelic tangles will be the perfect preamble to summer. A beach bustier like this one from Piha is perfect to go with your jeans for a stroll through the town. Pairing with an equally outrageous beach bag and espadrilles could seriously rev up the holiday glam.
Above: AM:PM @ New Temptations.
This is swimwear with fierce appeal and modern edginess. Prints include monochromatic geometrics, attractive animal and bandana boldness. Shapes tend towards the revealing and uber sexy and are certainly not for the shy like this daring duo of super plunged one-piece and kaftan by AM:PM @ New Temptations.
Quietly spoken in timeless night time hues, nightwear is predominantly back to essentials. Colours range from soft and muted like mushroom, grey, and mauve to the darker ombre of charcoal and black. Accessories like this DKNY faux fur gilet worn over the brand’s ‘Mushroom coloured lounge dress’ is a fantastic example of making a statement out of basic pieces.
So that’s the runway round-up for MODA AW15. And the man who caught the action in pics, photographer Gavin Kemp, had this to say about the catwalk procession:
“This season’s catwalk really captured the mood of the garments: from the serene ‘Soft Touch’ nightwear of scene five where the models held candles, to ‘Nouveau’ which was sassy, strong, mischievous with a Retro film set feel.”
A big fan of the show himself, Gavin enjoys the show through professional and personal eyes.
“The MODA catwalk is always a good one,” he informed TLJ. “Shooting it means you don’t actually ‘see it’ first time round so I always make sure I get back to see the show properly later in the day.”
And stay tuned for our close-up with Gavin when we chat with him about life and work.