A celebration of fierce females
The empowerment of women
Inspired by one of London’s notorious gangs
Known for their shoplifting antics
Glamorous celebrity lifestyles
And deviant behaviour
I introduce to you
1870’s Forty Thieves
A popular girl gang
Combining this inspiration with elements of 90s hip-hop
Playing on sexuality and confidence
The infamous video vixen
All results in the birth of an urban luxe collection
Through Fashion Scout
This is Fortie Label’s London Fashion Week debut.
Despite attending two fashion events yesterday the official start to London Fashion Week was today. Kicking off with Fortie Label’s catwalk show. Whilst queuing, I decided to look at the brand’s Instagram pre-show. I was instantly excited about their collection as their aesthetic caught my attention. The brand exudes confidence and empowerment, co-signed by influential individuals like Rihanna, Jorja Smith and Leomie Anderson.
The catwalk exceeded my expectations, I was not ready, it was literally a party on the runway. I was bopping my head along for the whole duration of the show as the instrumentals were from popular 90s R&B songs. The atmosphere of the show transported the audience to a 90’s music video from the beginning with the foreword that you would typically find on a mixtape or the beginning of a single. Greeted with red lighting the models seductively moved behind the gate like video vixens. As soon as the spotlight hit the male model, the show began, with a luxurious faux fur coat. The theme of money was prominent in the catwalk from the luxurious designs to the accessories the models were using. A fan made of dollars, classic flip phones and best of all money acting as confetti.
Oversized silhouettes were met with elements of sports luxe, glamour and beachwear. The warm colour palette of caramel tones mixed with hues of tangerine, indigo and blue represented the upcoming season. A variety of fabrics were used in the collection. Ranging from but not limited to, sheer, faux fur, denim and bamboo. There was a clear direction and attention to detail when it came to textile development. The designs were all accessorised with classic 90’s pieces. Chunky gold earrings, round retro sunglasses and glossy clear lips – check. To say I was impressed would be an understatement, the era of the 1990s was represented beautifully. Designer Essie Buckman truly deserves a round of applause and status of Merit Award Winner
What are your thoughts on the collection?