The exhibition space here at Vauxhall Fashion Scout plays host to some of the worlds most exciting and talented young designers, among those is London based Silja Manninen.

Her collection for AW10 is inspired by bondage and restriction. The silky fabrics and loosely cut dresses contrast beautifully with ropes, which twist around the body and catch the eye the moment you enter the room. For this season Manninen has introduced Perspex moulding to her designs and a new accessory she calls “the breast visor”, a piece to be worn over a kaftan to define the shape of the body.

Colours used in the collection are striking with Manninen dying the fabrics herself. Signature colours, pink, red and nude tones sit alongside sharp acid yellow, which she has used to cut through the other colours. The collection is feminine and elegant, yet edgy. Silja Manninen is currently stocked in Coco de Mer in London, LA and New York.

Words: Kelly Morris
Images: Ljiljana Pajovic

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