What with Amanda Wakeley's star-studded boutique opening just a few weeks ago, it made perfect sense for the designer to host an intimate gathering in her new Mayfair location to showcase her AW14 collection.
The London-based designer couldn't have looked any further from home for inspiration as she delved into the rich cultural history of Japan for next season. Baggy, black leather trousers fell upon pointed boots; waists were cinched in with heavy-duty leather belts; a seductive slither of skin couldn't be missed below a sheer cropped top and above a bell-shaped leather skirt. Wakeley experimented with juxtaposing barely there fabrics that both covered and exposed the body underneath kimono-like outerwear.
After a brief hiatus from London Fashion Week, Wakeley stepped up her game in a way that no one could have predicted. The younger aesthetic, plus the playful use of the elusive and the erotic, showed that even after 24 years in the business Amanda Wakeley's still got it.