As winners of last seasons Fashion Fringe trophy Aminaka Wilmont have quickly established a name for themselves, most often associated with avant-garde shapes and innovative use of fabrics. There was certainly an air of anticipation amongst the audience as the onset of heavy guitar music boldly indicated the beginning of their second showing London Fashion week; â€˜Perfect Imperfection.’
Based around the idea of architectural construction and the pursuit of â€˜perfect’ shape the collection was highly conceptual with the designers specifically combining cottons, silks, leathers and sheer fabrics to provide textures which mimic those found in our constructed environment. Futuristic touches such as wiry leather collars and cuffs as well as angular jackets in leather also enhanced the industrial feel of the collection.
Concept aside the collection boasted some great design statements as well as wearable fashions, notably the slouched cropped trousers and sharp jackets layered over slouchy sheer vest tops. Feminine blouses were also given a high fashion edge with leather edging (a trend I wouldn’t be surprised to see cross-over to the high street). Also prominent was a recurring industrial print in steel and white tones which functioned as the collections motif and put to stunning use in the low backed silk dresses with asymmetric shoulder.
The collection worked by putting a hard and masculine edge on otherwise feminine styles, each piece was identifiable as part of the same concept attributing the collection with that all important coherence which will help to further establish Aminaka Wilmont as a recognisable talent for the future.