Set in the intimate yet, elaborate confines of Freemasons Hall, Bunmi Koko headlined the penultimate night of fashion week. And boy, was it worth the wait. FROW fans included ex-Sugababe, Keisha and the Dirty Sexy Things crowd with Taliah Storm providing the live soundtrack of sophisticated piano strokes and immensely powerful vocals.
The fash-pack’s focus may have marred by the hideously humongous hair-dos of the model line-up: backcombed like nothing I have seen before, they made Newcastle girls look tame in comparison. Nonetheless, a delectable plate of creative goodness was put before us.
A kaleidoscope of blue opened the evening’s proceedings in an abundance of fairy-light fabrics: contrasting sheer crops, silky long-lines played in unison with classic blazer and midi-skirt shapes to compliment the laser-cut electric blues. Closely followed by a stream of audacious brights; canary yellows, turquoise aquas and eye-popping oranges that draped over models’ bodies in oriental fabrics creating the most powerful silhouettes. Precise tailoring, strong shapes and creative cuts achieved Bunmi’s premise for the ‘Allure of The Sirens’ SS12 collection – the juxtaposition of danger and seduction.
The fluruos came out to play towards the end of the show, appearing alongside daring sheers. Tight pleats, dainty prints and long-lines also emerged as recurring themes.