There was so much on the runways of New York and London that left us... underwhelmed, but this collection from A.W.A.K.E., which was released near the end of London Fashion Week, went some way toward remedying those feelings and, like its name, perked us right up. A.W.A.K.E.'s presentation consisted of well-made and interesting clothes from designer Natalia Alaverdian who was inspired by, of all animals, the octopus. The impeccably tailored pieces included slit, flared trousers, padded coats, jackets and dresses - some with distressed and unfinished hems - and ties or toggles for fasteners. The proportions were elongated in many cases with statement sleeves and trouser legs taking the place of tentacles. A Japanese influence was also evident from the octopus woodcut print lining a coat to the kimono-esque tunics and obi belts. 

Images | A.W.A.K.E.