Happy Andrada’s AW17 collection, which showed at London Fashion Week last month, mixed tribal references with modern shapes and cuts. One thing was clear from the start: it made us very happy.
The collection drew upon subcultures, patterns and textures ready to enter the mainstream world. Sipping ginger beer cocktails we loved the vibe of the show – the models had a purposeful gait, which added gravitas to the collection. It is clear that wearing Andrada’s collection makes a women confident and cool.
The collection had a tribal feel showcased through the shapes and placement of embellishment. This was contrasted with the collection’s modernity, playing with sheer materials and placement of materials such as feathers and beads.
The colour palette could have been inspired by sunsets, with rich oranges, reds, soft lilacs and warm browns. We also loved the mixes of textures and layers that added more complexity to the collection.
One thing that we really loved was Andrada’s masterful use of recycled and traditional Philippine materials such as pineapple cotton, bamboo, silk cocoon and recycled plastic.
We loved the patterned and detailed tights, which added yet more details to the looks. The pieces were very intricate, which is what Andrada is known for. Add to this heady mix incredible hairstyles, our favourites of which were the cotton thread mohicans that would be perfect for the festival season.
This whole collection had a familiarity to it that we couldn’t place; even though it was fresh and new it felt reminiscent of past memories and cultures we have experienced. It had that warm feeling you get when you have a moment of nostalgia.
Happy Andrada’s collection took us on an incredible journey full of culture and adventur. All we want to know is, when can we go again?