During London Fashion Week, guests arrived at the BFC Show Space ready to enjoy the last collection of London Fashion Week. They were presented with press packs that included the handwritten “Less Is More”, hinting at what was about to come.
However, the “less” in that concept was certainly not the idea of less fabric, as each garment in the SS17 collection was wonderfully oversized, rather it referred to the simplicity and monochromic nature we are familiar with in Sid Neigum’s designs. Alongside his usual colour scheme of black and white, this season features a selection of garments in an aggressive red and a muted gold metallic knit. His signature piping that we have seen in previous collection made a comeback, adding to the pyjama trend of the moment by trimming black against the bright red kimono robe.
Long hems over wide trousers created a number of clean silhouettes, and more contemporary silhouettes were created by asymmetric hems and shoulders. Details were found in the twisting and knotting of fabric, hanging from the cuffs, on the shoulders and at the chest. Neigum ditched the heels in favour of flats, using simple sandals in the colours of black, white or red. Sid experimented with texture for this season, with dresses in black devoré-looking fabric and metallic knits.
The minimal elegance of the collection made the show stopping garments all the more intriguing. Seemingly ditching the ‘less is more’ concept, the audience were wowed with a chain of crystal flowers covering a black halter-neck dress, and a vinyl paper-chain adorned another.
The Toronto-based designer Sid Neigum might have closed London Fashion Week, but the wait was certainly worth it.