Five minutes with… designer Julien Macdonald at London Fashion Week

Five minutes with… designer Julien Macdonald at London Fashion Week

He’s designed for Beyonce, J.Lo and Taylor Swift but last night was all about Julien Macdonald showcasing his SS18 collection.

Five minutes with… designer Julien Macdonald at London Fashion Week

The mood for a drizzly Monday night in London? High octane glamour and a supermodel army, obviously.

We grabbed 5.05 minutes with the Welsh designer post-show…

What was the inspiration for the SS18 catwalk?

We’re living in a difficult, uncertain world at the moment and I just thought, ‘I wonder what would happen if the planet blew up and we all appeared in this parallel universe?’ My world would be all avatars and utopia.

How would you describe the collection in three words?

Fabulous, sparkling, and dream-like.

Do you have a favourite piece from this show?

I never actually see the clothes until the day before the collection. I design them, I see the pieces, and then they all come together for show day. For example, one of the models Eliza Cummings, wore a white embellished dress that weighs a ton! I said to her, “Eliza, are you gonna pull this off?!” The final version was heavy.

Eliza Cummings on the catwalk during the Julien Macdonald (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Eliza Cummings wearing the white embellished dress (Isabel Infantes/PA)

How do you think London Fashion Week is changing?

It’s now about celebrating women who are not the norm – they’re models but they represent real women. Models like Winnie Harlow, Hailey Baldwin and Jasmine Sanders, who I call ‘Diamond Barbie’. The supermodels of today are individual – and usually have a high Instagram following.

Winnie Harlow walked for the designer too ( Isabel Infantes/PA)

Winnie Harlow walked for the designer too (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Are you watching Strictly Come Dancing this year?

Of course! But it’s tricky to say who will go first. I asked my former partner Janette (Manrara) if Aston Merrygold could dance and she said, “Everybody thinks he can dance because he was in JLS but he can do a back-flip and a cartwheel but his Tango is s*** – we’ve got a long way to go.”

I also asked Bruno (Tonioli) and he said, “Ooh, it’s a bit of a mixed bag this year, Julien.” So we shall see…

So what’s tougher, Strictly or show day?

Strictly is really, really hard – it’s not all sequins. That show is tougher than any Fashion Week show I’ve ever done in my life – and I never wanna go back!

More in this Section

BB King’s famous ‘Lucille’ guitars to go under the hammerBB King’s famous ‘Lucille’ guitars to go under the hammer

Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo weighs in on that Boris Johnson metaphorHulk actor Mark Ruffalo weighs in on that Boris Johnson metaphor

Hailey Bieber: Nobody knows what’s really going on between Justin and IHailey Bieber: Nobody knows what’s really going on between Justin and I

Emeli Sande apologises to fans for pulling out of gig after losing voiceEmeli Sande apologises to fans for pulling out of gig after losing voice


Lifestyle

The Regal Cinema in Youghal, Co Cork, first opened its doors in 1936. Director John Huston used it as a base to review footage while filming Moby Dick in the town.We Show Films: ‘I once found a full rotisserie chicken in the cinema’

The biennial festival in Cork produced another unique feast of fine music and good vibes.Sounds from a Safe Harbour brings fine music and good vibes to Cork

Here are five things to check out in the week ahead.5 things for the week ahead

You have crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a ship to Ireland. You are tired and hungry and desperate to deliver your expensive cargo to port.Islands of Ireland: Horse, trading, and Drishane

More From The Irish Examiner