As a self-confessed lover of all things monochrome, when becoming aware of Swedish born Simon Ekrelius' Autumn / Winter 14 collection named 'Monochromatic' I undoubtedly had to go to the presentation. The 'Monochromatic' presentation was held at 'The Rug Factory' just off Brick Lane in the heart of East London, an area with an abundance of art galleries, markets and vintage stores as well as fantastic street art and graffiti and an excellent place for style spotting. With numerous guests present, from press to photographers and bloggers like myself, the wonderful ladies at POP PR and Simon Ekrelis' talented team created a perfect show space.

The collection takes inspiration from the model and Vogue photographer Lee Miller, whose black and white images during the thirties were very much part of the surrealist movement of the period, especially in Paris. Ekrelius focused particularly on Miller's relationship with photography and her energy, along with the feeling of something being kept a secret. 

The 12 piece capsule collection combined Ekrelius' eye for symmetry and asymmetry, and of round and squared silhouettes adding volume, as seen in ballooned trousers. His ongoing love for Art-Deco was apparent, however this was modernised with use of vinyl, sheer panelling and poly blends. 

 Despite monochrome conjuring images and expectations of the boring and mundane, Ekrelius' focus on silhouettes and interesting contrasts of fabric ensure that all the pieces in his Autumn / Winter offering for 2014 are eclectic whilst being elegant. Standout pieces for me include the silk jumpsuits and sheer panelled dresses, however my absolute favourite look, seen below, was a full circle silk skirt, full of volume and glamour, that Ekrelius cleverly paired with a casual wool jumper. I absolutely adore outfits like this; casual mixed with luxury to me it is the epitome of chic. 

Overall, Simon Ekrelius' 'Monochromatic' collection is the perfect balance of effortless, simplistic capsule pieces constructed with contrasting and elaborate fabrics and eccentric silhouettes incorporating the symmetrical and the asymmetrical. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, not only due to it's monochromatic colour palette, but too of the skill showcased in each and every piece of the collection, that is entirely made in the UK.

Thank you to POP for inviting me and for hosting such a fabulous presentation.

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