Amanda Wakeley blended her signature fluid silhouettes with Japanese-inspired elements for her latest pre-collection. “I imagined a woman who has a French mother and a Japanese father, she lives in the West yet also has a longing for the East,” said Wakeley. “But let’s not get too carried away, this is pre-fall so it’s all about clothes you can wear now.”
Japanese influences were subtle, packaged as printed wrap dresses, crisp cotton shirts with kimono-inspired sleeves and tasseled belts wrapped around trousers, gowns and pencil skirts. A dramatic black and metallic red cloqué fabric featured on handbags, evening dresses and a lightweight, short-sleeve coat. “To me that is [Asia],” she said of a voluminous, A-line cloqué gown.
Repositioning her brand, primarily known for eveningwear, as a lifestyle label, Wakeley emphasized easy-to-wear separates: oversized cashmere knits with chiffon panels on the back, high-waisted striped trousers, leather joggers and a range of outerwear, including sporty shearling parka and a feminine black coat. Still, she couldn’t abandon her eveningwear core. Her signature lace and silk tulle cocktail dresses were intact. Highlights included a metallic embroidered tulle midi-dress and a bold lace, long-sleeve gown paired with a barely there corseted slip.