The queue and subsequent audience for Michaela Frankova’s Spring Summer 2018 collection were just as busy as Pam Hogg’s, so we knew that this had to be good. A graduate of the London College of Fashion and based in the city, this homegrown talent had nothing and everything to prove to her eager audience.
Frankova was inspired by the golden age of Hollywood and the timeless elegance of the period, as she turned to icons such as Lauren Bacall and Gretta Garbo. Her collection used rich textures, lace, hand embroidery, feathers and luxurious silks to elevate simple silhouettes. There was also a modern twist with custom prints by contemporary surrealist T-Mo Bauer – part of an ongoing collaboration “TMo4MF” which seeks to fuse their work further by branching out into home textiles. These prints added bright sunshine hits of Miami to add a modern twist on the Hollywood theme.
The collection itself had a sensual and luxurious nature that wasn’t immediately noticeable. We loved the subtle details of feathers and silk, which oozed personality and charm and made the collection that bit better.
Another thing that struck us was the makeup and the models; this is not the focus of the collection but it was striking to say the least. The mix between comedy and glamour implied there is more to the models than first assumed.
We were thrilled to see diversity in the casting of the show: size, race, gender and even age all had representation on the runway. Frankova is a proud supporter of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation’s goal of ending AIDS and HIV infection through education, and it seems that she is truly leading by example in this sector.
Frankova’s collection was modern yet referenced the past enough to imbue the right amount of nostalgia into the collection, giving it a luxurious familiarity that felt exquisitely accessible.