We are almost half way through fashion week and last night I was invited to see a collection from Lida O’Reilly, a leading Mauritian designer who made her return back to London Fashion week. No longer a new-comer in the fashion scene (label was launched in 2001), she has started to make a name for herself outside Mauritius as well.
I arrived in the Charing Cross hotel, which by the way is nice! They have done a really good job with the hotel. That was the first thing I noticed. I walked upstairs, as I couln’t find the lift. Walking UP, was not a good idea, as I had just done a 60min spinning glass and wearing boots. By the time I got to the first floor, I was starting to sweat, my quiff, which is usually perfectly coiffed had started to curl.
Pre show, it was all velvet in gold and burgundy, matt catwalk (it was turned off), champagne bottles popping open, couple of UBER homos’s (I am allowed to say that, being gay myself). I saw harem pants, super high heels, sequins, ruffles and someone was wearing kitten heels. EEEK. All my energy went to NOT tackling her in her gown.
The lights went off and the floor light up. Showtime!
The show started with an appearance from Sofia Hayat (singer, model, writer) who is absolutely gorgeous, she walked the runway in her black sparkly gown and ridicilously high heels. Once she was done walking she crabbed the microphone and started singing. The show was filled with live music from her and a quitar carrying male companion. Nice touch.
The dresses started coming out like clockwork, beautifully crafted ready-to-wear couture. Yes, I said it. There is such thing. Honest. It was like I was invited to a golden dreamland where the women are beautiful and dressed to fly. Ethetric gowns in deep red’s, sparkly nudes and different shades of lilac. All beautifully crafted and executed. My favorite of the long dresser was this multicolored maxi dress, it was to die for. Long and floaty. Such gorgeousness.
We had some sassy shorter cocktail dresses, one really burned into the back of my head in deep green, off the shoulder number. Totally sexy. Totally hawt. The model wearing it was working it. Totally. Clearly a vixen that one. There was one dress that would be totally perfect for The Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland. I couldnt get enough of the colorfull fabrics, incredbile detailing, floating fabrics, “broken” hemlines, goddess dresses. The models rocked the catwalk and I was sold.
I truly enjoyed the world that Lida O’Reilly created for us, it was fun, sassy, goddess-like and it sounded like “summertime”. She made a great return to LFW and I am so excited that I was there to witness it all. I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next time around.
You can find out more about Lida O’Reilly at www.lidaoreilly.mu