2/22/2016

Fifty Plus Fashion Week - AW16 from JD Williams with London College of Fashion

Sending an 87 year old supermodel down the catwalk to open up your show is a sure way to make a statement, and that's exactly what JD Williams did to launch Fifty Plus Fashion Week. History was made as a cast of models led by Daphne Selfe and former Vogue cover star Marie Helvin strutted their stuff with a combined age of 700.

Created by JD Williams in association with London College of Fashion, the runway was a mixture of student showcase and AW16 preview. Vibrant patterns, statement shapes and stunning cuts all featured, with the 30 way coat by student Menge Wu being put into production for next season. Celebrating fashion and style without age limits was the core message, and the collection certainly looked to be offering fun, fashionable frivolity in addition to a classical, luxury aesthetic.







Image (c) JD Williams / Z-PR.

Image (c) JD Williams / Z-PR.
To be honest, I don't even know where to begin with how much I loved this collection. Although I'm nowhere near the intended market, I would wear almost all of it in a heartbeat. The white coat with the oversized collar was probably my favourite piece, but I was also really taken with some of the student's designs - Sarah Shaw's print coat and Oliver Lamoury's floaty, floral dress in particular.


The show itself was spectacular - there was something so powerful about seeing these glamorous, audacious women bringing the attitude and looking incredible. The crowd too was just as fascinating and fabulous, and I was so excited to meet two of my fashion heroes - fashionista Jean Woods, and artist Sue Kreitzman after the show had ended.



You can also click on my Instagram post below for details of what I wore.

Until next time,

(All photos (c) Diana Thompson / Fashion Loves Photos unless otherwise stated. Please do not reproduce without written permission.)

4 comments

  1. I love this, those ladies look amazing, fashion is for everybody

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    1. Indeed - they all had such confidence and presence on the catwalk. I definitely want to be rocking the pavement like that when I reach my older years!

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  2. The range looks amazing, and I love it when designers do something a bit diffferent. Next step is getting plus size babes on those catwalks!

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    1. Totally agree! Small steps are happening towards that, but it needs to be quicker. Something felt almost revolutionary at that show, and I'd love to see something happen in the plus size world to recreate that buzz.

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