On Saturday night, STYLEetc’s favourite reporter of all things hair, Ky Wilson, attended Retrospective: an exciting new London Fashion Week show and party exploring the past to predict next season’s trends. It took place at Bloomsbury Ballroom and featured catwalk shows exhibiting beautiful one-off pieces from the world’s finest design houses and collections.
Founded by Bourne & Hollingsworth, the creators of the hugely popular Blitz and Prohibition parties Retrospective was the first event during London Fashion Week to show the cyclical nature of styles and trends, whilst offering the fashion industry the chance to indulge their love of vintage and period design.
Retrospective teamed up with the best vintage experts in London to create a show that features fashions from the 1920s right through to the 1980s. From shops like Lucy In Disguise, vintage suppliers Peekaboo Vintage and costumiers Violet’s Box, the brands involved in Retrospective are all well respected within the fashion industry and well known in the public consciousness.
Ky enjoyed the night as the party moved from the catwalk to the dance floor with cocktails from Bourne & Hollingsworth, and music courtesy of the finest DJs and bands in London Retrospective successfully combined style and spectacle to present a LFW party like no other. Ky gives his lowdown:
60’s inspired Audrey Hepburn hair, modernised by texture and fly-a-ways to soften it was present at the party! Make up was bold with graphic eye brows which everyone seems to be playing around with on the catwalk this season. I loved watching the vintage garments strut effortless down the runway without looking out of place…
I enjoyed ending the evening with more cocktails, flash mob dancing, break dancing and even a vesper making an entrance!
Throughout the party guests enjoyed a programme of floorshows that captured the key moments in fashion history. Using exciting performers and dancers – from flapper flash mobs to Studio 54 dancers on horseback – Retrospective’s live re-enactments of the most iconic and influential events in the fashion world amused, provoked and inspired the party go-ers!
Reported by: Ky Wilson, www.kycut.co.uk