Music has the power to make or break a fashion show, as those who attended the Danielle Romeril Autumn/Winter 2016 Presentation would agree. From classic tracks like Golden Brown by The Stranglers to the eclectic hip-hop beats of French music producer Onra, the carefully curated tunes were truly a key highlight. Held on the third day of London Fashion Week at the prestigious Chelsea College of Arts, the presentation was incredibly quirky and especially fun to attend, with an interesting layout, stunning garments and of course, good music.Danielle Romeril cited vast and varied influences for this collection – from Isabel de Valois, a consort to King Philip II of Spain, to the graphic stripes found on cycling jerseys; from the free-spirited vibes of Studio Paradiso, a cult Dutch nightclub, to classic football scarves that were all the rage in the nineties. These assorted influences came together to form a collection that is markedly inspired by historical fashion, period costume and traditional textures, with sporty touches in details like stripes, drawstrings, graphic zips and parkas. Add a subtle futuristic flavour with the occasional psychedelic print and there you have it – a collection that is really, really exciting.The wide array of colours, the beautiful synergy between different textures, the play on proportion and the statement cut-outs found on many of the pieces in the collection where definitely stand out features. The finishing touches were the icing on the cake – black graphic lines painted on the models’ faces for makeup and grungy Dr. Martens worn with conventional socks for the right amount of oomph.
To my mind, this collection hit the sweet spot between the beauty of well-crafted pieces and the edginess that Danielle Romeril is known for. She has definitely marked herself as a force to be reckoned with in the new-age London fashion scene.
Photo Credits : Morgan O’Donovan