Comprising of stunningly diverse models and sweet sherbet hued clothing, Stephen Tai’s SS19 presentation was definitely one of our LFW highights – read on to find out why.
The room was filled with different types of dried flowers hanging from the ceiling above a platform that the models took turns to stand on. The collection echoed Spring and Summer seasons perfectly as each piece was designed in gorgeous transitional shades. From soft lilacs and cream chiffon to beige and bright orange, it was the perfect gelateria-approved colour palette.
The collection consisted of co-ordinating separates such as flared trousers, billowy blouses and oversized utility jackets. Beautiful sheer organza skirts met matching bodices to create a lust-worthy silk ensemble. It’s certainly hard to choose, but the following three looks were some of our favourites due to their brilliant styling and how they evoke the designer’s unique style and vision.
The materials used were wonderfully feminine, such as silks, sheer organza and chiffon. Each piece was very wearable, yet simultaneously striking. Oh, and you cannot ignore the shoes. Symbolically, the models were united by wearing the same style of shoe, but all in different colours. The square pointed block heels were a magnificent silk material in an array of co-ordinating colours such as lime green, lilac, stone and rusty orange.
Another reason my colleague and I were so infatuated by Tai’s presentation was his choice in models. Tai completely represented diversity from several different angles as no two models were similar. As well as having models of different ethnicities, Tai included models which had been victims of burns and acid incidents. Each model was of a different size and height, which we found refreshing. The diversity of the models exuded the impression that no one has to comply to certain stereotypes to be able to wear the pieces. We can be ourselves. All the models were beautiful in their own way and wore the clothes tremendously.
The entire presentation was incredibly powerful from the fully realised pieces to the variety of models. The usage of numerous different shaped and coloured flowers as a backdrop emphasised how human beings are totally different from one another. It also showed that you do not have to fit into a certain box to wear or embrace fashion, because style is uniquely individual and fashion is universal.
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Text: Sophia Georghiou
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