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For the duration of the David Ferreira show at London Fashion Week, we literally felt like we were having a very vivid and magical dream. ‘The Freakball’ collection, inspired by sideshows, the circus and freak shows, was an elaborate celebration of rarity and individuality; leaving us gobsmacked with the gorgeousness.

David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week

Like a wonderful festival of not fitting in, we got the feeling here that uniqueness was held in the highest regards. Without being a collection which takes literal inspiration from deformities of old freak shows, this collection was a carousel of confidence in all of the beautiful things that make each of us exclusive.

David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week

This stunning Lisbon-based designer is known for stand-out silhouettes, transforming a woman from her natural shape into something new, playing with proportion and volume. Prior to launching his own label, he worked for designers such as Iris Van Herpen, Giles Deacon and Meadham Kirchhoff. His styles are theatrical, deliberately exaggerated and positively blur the lines between fashion and art.

David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week

Opening to the sound of Lana Del Ray’s Gods and Monsters, the flamboyantly styled models slowly danced their way down the runway like elegant fantastical creatures. Tall stilt-like wedge shoes by Finsk gave the models extraordinary height, make-up was amplified and doll-like, and the hair was sculptural, neat and bright.

David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week

The palette was like a toy shop of colour; pinks from pastel to fuchsia, chartreuse yellow, turquoise and blue. In contrast to some of the more muted tones we saw at London Fashion Week, this show popped like a confetti bomb onto the catwalk.

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David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week

The collection cavorts with volume by using ruffles, gatherings, pattern cutting and piles of Mongolian sheepskin. Silk, satin, crepes and tulle – SO much tulle – gave us the drape, texture and magnificent shapes. The stand out piece for us was an enormous, frothy, rainbow tulle dress which filled the width of the runway and had us mesmerized. Every single piece in this collection drew gasps of joy from the crowd and the room was full of awe. This show was absolute beauty.

David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week
David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week
David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week
David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week David Ferreira AW17 Freakball catwalk show at London Fashion Week