Even if it hadn’t been autumn’s wettest day outside the BFC Courtyard show space this morning, J. JS Lee would still have had us wishing spring was here with her best collection yet.
With a soundtrack evoking much warmer climes (thankfully), Korean-born, Hackney-based Jackie Lee invited us to join her on her journey through the London Aquarium. With a jellyfish-esque visual to set the scene, we were heading to an underwater world as crisp and clean as it was colourful.
Injecting lashings of colour into her sleek, signature minimalism , Lee offered up a truly exciting and wearable collection for spring/summer ’14. Continuing the catwalk’s love of pink, solid salmon was served up alongside a bold palette of navy, white and aquamarine – but what else would you expect from an underwater collection?
Giving texture top billing, gingham prints were also striped with wax, dresses were perforated and raincoats (can we have them now please?) featured laser-cut circles to give them a fluid aesthetic as the models moved. As you’d expect from the trained pattern cutter, the tailoring was pretty special too. The highlight was the wax-coated pink and white dresses that had a ‘50s-inspired, semi-structured front and oversized loose back – again encouraging movement.
Mixing up her love of classic tailoring with a relaxed sports luxe vibe, separates were also offered up in the form of lightweight jackets and London made geometric printed knits.
Although the collection showcased a more feminine colour palette than her previous androgynous-heavy creations, this was another technical masterclass from tailoring supremo Jackie JS Lee. Super-clean and super-special – what more could you want?
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London Fashion Week SS14 runs from Friday 13 to Tuesday 17 September. Stay tuned for more coverage.
Image by Charlotte White, J. JS Lee SS14