London Fashion Week SS16 went out, not with a bang, but with a sugar rush – thanks to Hong Kong-born Ryan Lo, a recent graduate of the Fashion East program. Taking the final slot in the Brewer Street car park venue, all Lo’s usual candy shades and frothy textures dominated – notably in the parade of tiered, smocked frocks teamed with princess coats and flared pants in mauve, lilac, and rose, banded with tissue-light swirls of ruffle, that opened the show. So far, so sweet.
But Lo quickly shifted gears, swapping pastel frills for long, loose, billowing tunics, printed with cityscape repeats in pumpkin, puce, purple, and flame. Drooping cardigan-jackets, blankets, and dressing gowns were flung over softly-draped mini-dresses and microprint nightgowns – pieces that suggested wintry comfort far more than they did summer heat. But Lo’s work is about sensation, not seasons, and today’s message came through loud and clear. It’s the same one that’s reverberated through so many shows, this season: FEEL THE LOVE.