J JS Lee – London Fashion Week – AW17


Clean lines enhanced by masculine and feminine silhouettes were embedded into the signature style that is J.JS Lee. The collection celebrates femininity and reflects upon power dressing, perhaps borrowed from the 1980s, as it enabled women to establish their authority in a professional environment traditionally dominated by men. Also linked to Jackie Lee’s inspiration taken from children participating in role play and dressing up — raiding the wardrobes of their parents. The garments form a minimalist approach playing with the proportion of size and scale, with emphasis on tailored drop shoulders, elongated lapels, whilst belts pockets and buttons sat high and low on coats.

A favourite statement piece, adding an eye-catching finishing touch, was the cobalt blue knotted scarf tied around the neck with matching coloured belt loop slim trousers. It was apparent that tonal colours were added as the show went on camel, pistachio, rose, charcoal and sky grey. Ladylike tailoring with an ultra modern look for smart/workwear attire. The collection offers innovative and sleek bottom options — flared and pencil skirts; wide, full length and cropped trousers. Knitwear is relaxed with sleeves that flare from the elbow. Luxury fabrics such as mohair, tweed with dynamic straps and melton wool gave the garments an even more sheer edge.

Words by Dayna Dibua

Images by Paolo Steve