Two years ago, I covered LFW for SS13, writing for a great online fashion magazine and attending dozens of shows. Hands down, one of the best weeks of my life! Two years on, I’m back in London with a full-time job, and assumed there’d be no way I’d make any of the shows this year. How wrong I was.
After getting chatting to one of my lovely office co-sharers at work, it turned out that she was handling the PR for an up-and-coming designer, LCF graduate Mariana Jungmann, who was presenting her debut LFW show at Fashion Scout and promptly offered me a ticket. I couldn’t say no!
It was incredibly surreal going back to the Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden, and joining the long, long list of people queueing outside, clutching their tickets. I’d utterly adored the place the first time around, and I was very excited to be heading back inside after a two-year hiatus. I also thoroughly enjoyed the return of that smug feeling you have when you’re holding a ticket, and passers-by look at you with an envious glint in their eyes. What can I say?
When we finally piled inside, we were greeted with the familiar dramatic surroundings of the Hall, with its sweeping archways and beautiful ceilings and chandeliers – the ideal surrounding for an elegant collection like Jungmann’s. I took my seat, and made light work of the beautiful red velvet cake pop, provided by Tattooed Bakers, which was both pretty and delicious! Then I got ready to snap away (rather blurrily, I admit – the iPhone just isn’t man enough for this job sometimes!) as the collection made its way out onto the runway.
When the models started sashaying out on to the catwalk, there was an audible intake of breath. Jungmann’s collection, from start to finish, was utterly beautiful. Jungmann handmakes lace, and this was used heavily in the collection, acting as an elegant adornment to the shapes, and sometimes acting as the entire outfit itself. In a colour palette of white, black, mink, grey and a stunning iridescent blue, the entire collection felt etheral and light, sophisticated and perfectly opulent in equal measure. The models wore gem-encrusted headdresses that were a mix between a fairytale unicorn and a punk-inspired Mohican, while their faces were adorned with gems and sparkling face-paint-like make-up, creating an other-worldly, celestial vibe. Some wore amazing glitter and gem-encrusted sunglasses too, which added an unexpected playful twist to an otherwise incredibly refined show.
The pieces were thoughtful and elegant; in a mix of structured shapes and very loose, relaxed cuts, I felt that there was something to suit everyone, whilst retaining a very strong sense of identity. Jungmann mixed strong black oversized shapes with her delicate handmade lace to create voluminous sleeves and a strong, feminine feel, whilst in the next moment, out stepped a model in a prim, full-circle midi skirt and lace-trimmed shirt. It was truly a guessing game of what could come next, and duly kept the audience on the edge of their seats.
I had two favourite looks from the collection – one, an opalescent blue-green playsuit, the bottom half of which used Jungmann’s lace-making techniques to create a very peekaboo finish! I could see it looking incredible over the winter with heavy black tights and a fur coat (faux, of course!), as well as it being perfect for summer parties, if you’re brave enough. My other favourite outfit was a very Sixties-inspired loose swing dress, floating and glistening in bright white, with a gem embellishment on the front. Delightfully retro but so sophisticated – definitely something I’d love to have in my wardrobe next summer!
I had a ball at the show, and feel like I’ve really found one to watch in Jungmann. The atmosphere at her debut show was electric and seriously impressed the critics – it even made the front page of The Times the next day! I really do get the feeling that her next show will be a sell-out indeed – I hope I manage to get a ticket to that one too!
Thanks very much to the lovely Anisa at Anisa Topan Communications, who very kindly gave me a ticket to the Mariana Jungmann show – I absolutely loved it!