Happy Andrada returned to London Fashion Week with her AW17 collection, inspired by her own Filipino culture that she expertly integrated into contemporary pieces for the modern fashion consumer. Colours throughout the show were kept natural in browns, creams, khaki, reds and blacks, with models sporting rustic coloured mohawks with plaited hair and tasselled braids underneath, adding to the cultural elements woven into the modern design. The collection encompassed Happy’s signature look, with endless intricacies and a myriad of fabrics including chiffon and silk. Tights were embellished with a delicate but striking formation of beads and sequins that embodied Happy’s style, adding that extra quirk that juxtaposed the natural materials and colours used in the dress and jacket pieces.

The show conveyed a personal message from Happy on cultural inclusion and the expansion of space for Filipino fashion; the world class designer has supported local Filipino talent and fabric for several years, and is a member of the Fashion Design Council of the Philippines.  

Photography by Tiffany Lin

Words by Ashleigh