For the Filippa K show the fashion pack was packed into taxis and driven to the suburbs of the city to a disused railway arch somewhere nowhere. A location scout’s wet dream for a show, basically; all clean urban lines and hard surfaces – perfect for counterbalancing with a soft collection and who better for such a task than Filippa K. Oh, and did I mention the soundtrack came courtesy of a live performance by Saint Lou Lou?
If the setting was memorable the collection from the Swedish powerhouse was not but that probably counts as mission accomplished back at Filippa K HQ. Style, simplicity and quality are the defining values and the collection was full of the kind of pieces you’d see at their boutique and buy without a moment’s hesitation. The oatmeal ribbed knit to throw over a simple raw silk lack tee and pyjama trousers. A simple black shirt with a ‘surprise!’ of a pleated back. The olive green bomber jacket to throw over a summery dress. Structure however was more limited than in previous collections, summarised in a black trouser suit. The rest was floaty, breezy, easy, so much so that at times it resembled lux loungewear. ‘Feminine’ and ‘sensual’ were the key words used by Head of Design Nina Bogstedt and they were reflected in the long, lightly pleated skirts with drawstring waists, that came in navy, coral and lavender. A tan leather short skirt teamed with a light blue shirt looked great and in the end, it was the contrast of the colours that worked rather than the grouping of them.
But beware: easy breezy has its dangers as proven by a model that tripped on her long – too long? – palazzo trousers even in bare feet. It did make me wish for more structure and tailoring. Too much floating and you may lose ground!
By Kiki Georgiou
Kiki Georgiou är baserad i London och skriver regelbundet för Style.com och Showstudio samt brittiska Vogue och Glamour. Se fler bilder från Filippa K vår/sommar 2013 och läs vad Rodeos Lisa Corneliusson tyckte här.