LFW SS19 – AADNEVIK
17 Sep by Joe Miller
During LFW, we got the opportunity to attend the “AADNEVIK” Fashion Show to see the brand’s latest collection inspired by the classic story of Alice in Wonderland. The collection takes you on Alice’s quest to understand the puzzle of Wonderland and her journey to recognise the forces and feelings that compromise her identity. Aadnevik describes the story that motivated his Spring Summer ’19 collection as ‘a world of mystery, innocence, sadness and bewilderment.’
The brand is a London based luxury womenswear label and is named after its designers – Kristian and Hila Biton-Aadnevik. The label is famously known for its dreamy evening gowns, with it’s defining themes a blend of opulence, sensuality and gloom.
This combination of luxury and sensuality consumed us from the moment we arrived – not only within the collection, but also with the choice of venue, luxe hotel “The Royal Horseguards.” The decor of the show space was breath taking, a slice of heaven somewhere between Wonderland and the Garden of Eden. Vibrant colours and props filled the venue, transporting you to another world.
We arrived early at the location, and we were asked to take a seat in the hotel lobby. Doors to the show opened from 8 pm, but as everything was slightly delayed, we had to wait for another 15 minutes and people seemed to be slightly stressed. When we eventually got through to the showroom, everyone was offered a glass of champagne on arrival. As we were divided into 3 groups (backstage pass, seat, or standing space) we waited for the backstage group to go in first. Whilst we waited we spent some time at the champagne bar, taking pictures and talking to the other guests.
After everyone was seated, the show began. The thread that ran through the whole collection was the tulle textile, the transparency and the feminine silhouettes. The shapes were flowing, some contained feathers, others embellished with delicate details layering the dresses. The metallic materials reflecting the dream like setting. The colours ranged from white, blushed nudes, light blue, red, gold and even neon yellow-green. The make-up was really dramatic with blue glittery eye shadow, the hair was hanging loose with a doll’s hair effect.
Overall, every single dress was absolutely stunning and reminded us of a modern fairy tale. Our favourite showstopper was a white dress with feather sleeves and fishtail detailing. It was beautiful and made us not only fall in love with the collection, but also with the brand itself. The show was amazing and we are so grateful to London College of Style for having had the chance to see it and be apart of the experience.
Carolyn and Emily xo
You can follow Carolyn’s and Emily’s styling adventures on Instagram at @fasholyn and @emilybethbrannan