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Ladies & Gents, no-one in the capital can have escaped the buzz of Fashion Week A/W ’17 hitting London over the past five days. London Fashion Week’s main venue has moved a few doors down from Somerset House to 180 Strand (formerly the offices of global professional services giant, and my former employer, Deloitte – yup that was pretty surreal). That said, I was not lucky enough to score a ticket for any scheduled shows. Instead, I headed a stone’s throw away to Gibraltar House, for a fashion showcase for emerging designers.

I attended the showcase with an old friend and we are both pretty open minded when it comes to fashion, so this was right up our street, so to speak. The fashion week emerging designers showcase was part art-installation, part fashion exhibition, as the designers were given carte blanche to bring their visions to life.

Maria Bustillos

The first designer was Maria Bustillos, an Ecuadorean designer with a very clean aesthetic. Maria took her inspiration from her childhood and wanted her collection to evoke the light of life. If you believe that the ‘light of life’ or the beauty of life is in its simplicity then this collection fits the ideology. 

The collection is a ten-piece capsule in pure whites, silver and dove greys. The textures are almost futuristic, while the cuts are very current. With all of these coming together to give a nod to Maria’s childhood, one foot in the present and the other moving forward.

Her designs are clean cuts, made of the softest fabrics and textures. At first glance, her white asymmetric jacket though an interesting piece, is not too dissimilar from some of the capes we’ve seen on the A/W ’16 catwalks. When you look closer and touch, you’ll find its softness is anything but run of the mill.

The showcase was set up more like an art installation with a sole rack of clothes beside a model sat on a chair, wearing an extreme high funnel neck top/ sweater. Just sat there. It was a little odd, like they were trying too hard to be quirky. The fairy lights felt a bit off-message but the candle-bottles were a nice touch, if only I didn’t keep tripping over them… yup, once I knocked a couple over, everyone else did too… eek.

Back to the collection… I could see myself wearing the white asymmetric jacket and the grey asymmetric skirt (not together, obviously). All in all, an interesting collection with a few very wearable pieces. 

For more designs from Maria, take a peek at her Insta @maria.bustill0s