A Rollercoaster ride of a night
Today marked the third day of World MasterCard Fashion Week. As per my usual schedule, I was racing against the clock to make the evening shows on time. Unfortunately, if you’re not sitting in the very front row, there is no such thing as being fashionably late. I ended up missing both Lucian Matis and Korhani but I heard they were both great. When I finally stormed the tents after a two hour meeting, I was more than ready to see the 8 pm Mackage show. There was leather abound in the form of jackets, coats and short-shorts. With pops of neon yellow, quilted detailing, Ray-Ban inspired sunglasses and remixed 80’s jams, there was no doubt what decade inspired this collection. While there were many individual pieces I would love to have in my already crammed closet, I found the collection to be repetitive and lacking real innovation. I even got the sense from my fellow spectators that they were restless – more eyes were down at their screens than on the runway. Even with our short-attention spans, a collection should be interesting enough to keep people enthralled, at least for 7 minutes.
Next up was Joe Fresh which continues to impress and grow with every year. The bold show opened up with stark black and white patterns, trapeze dresses and a fun swing coat that I want merely for twirling around. Yellow pleated skirts and fuchsia lips on the models were the main pops of colour on the runway. Despite the retro feel of some pieces, metallic golds and silvers made the collection modern and unlike anything available to the average shopper. It’s great that those of us with a budget are able to work new and fashion forward items into our wardrobe without draining the old bank account. To be completely frank, I am not sure who will be wearing the dreamy silver jacket but I will be sure to high five them when I spot them on the street.
From boring to thrilling, fashion week is always a rollercoaster ride – and I don’t mind that at all.
All photos by Paul Ross & Mirian Njoh for OPIQUE /Top of the Runway