HOUSE OF MEA
Each an independent label in their own right, Annderstand, Nivedita Saboo and Studio HJ have come together at Fashion Scout to form House of Mea for London Fashion Week. The designers, from India and China, bring their cultural influence into their creations, forming an innovative and widely varied display of ideas.
Designer and Parson’s graduate, Ge Yu, took to London Fashion Week for the first time with her new label, Annderstand. The under garments and lingerie came as a collaboration between Yu and AtoG. The collection consisted of casual loungewear pieces with elements of tailoring incorporated for added complexity. Layered dark blue hues contrasted with monochrome tones. Laced up sandals and delicate heels accompanied the looks, along with loosely flowing hair which flattered nude toned make-up. Marbled prints on light silks fluidly moved whilst structured jackets created juxtaposition between the soft fabrics and sharp lines. Fine pleats also added definition and flexibility to the movement of the garments.
Indian based designer, Nevedita Saboo, graced us with her newest collection this evening at Fashion Scout. Saboo presented a mix of menswear and womenswear with shapely silhouettes. The inspiration for this collection was founded on “unlearning” and“desaturation”, with white tones representing a blank canvas of creativity and life. The womenswear, forged from individual geometric outlines, embodied the building of creativity, with ordered shapes delicately created from line and dot painting. The colourful prints, painted by blind children, featured on flowing silk gowns. The designer textured the colours of paints using grains, to allow the children to be able to paint imaginatively in colour. “This is the purest form of art as they haven’t been impacted by the outside world.” The menswear was an exciting contrast, displaying sharply tailored jackets with leather inserts and triangular embellishments, buckle closures and high neck collars.
After launching the label in 2014, Studio HJ returns to Fashion Scout to showcase their Spring/Summer 17 collection. The designer, Hema Joshi, kept true to her signature elegant style, presenting full, floor length gowns. Joshi was inspired by the costumes, architecture and vibrant shades of Tibet, which she reflected in this collection with bold geometric prints and a vibrant array of colours. Asymmetric pieces were cut away and inserted with sheer fabric panels to form innovative silhouettes. Suede, cotton, brocade and silk were among the variety of fabrics used, and bold tones including olive greens, royal blues and Tibetan maroons made up a sea of earthly hues. Slicked back ponytailed hair revealed statement dream catcher earrings and headdresses.