The central plotline in the A.W.A.K.E AW19 collection presented at London Fashion Week, was the tension between the revealed and the concealed. This season creator Natalia Alaverdian features a raw visual language of raves rendered in Trainspotting, a weird romance in the Scottish Highlands.
The collection featured silhouettes which were minimalistic and avant-garde at the same time in a highly imaginative mix. Crushed velvet, Elizabethan necklines and turbo-sized outerwear walked down the runway alongside orange rust leather and coffee colour corderouy or vinyl cigarette trousers cut backwards. Evening gowns pulled entirely apart, reconstructed and safety-pinned back together. Necklines were lower and skirt slits higher – for nobody but the wearer, with an understanding of the female form. This season’s muses are makers, demonstrators and educators, brilliant, difficult women with strange stories to tell.