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#ManchesterFW Fashion Pony SS16

Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

With the first show of the season, online retailer Fashion Pony had a lot riding on their shoulders Monday night.


Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries
Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

The concept store offering both known and budding independent designer labels kicked off FashionE Manchester Fashion Week by sending a model bearing a bottle of event sponsor Corky's Schnapps down the runway. A little bit of shameless advertising for the cameras but all eyes were, of course, on her satin cocktail dress personifying all things pretty in salmon pink. With the portrait neckline and knee-grazing skirt paired with her loose side-swept curls, a large bow tied behind her, she was the picture of girlish exuberance hot on the heels of prom season. Dresses with a similar vibe followed including a tulle-skirted halter dress in the palest pink, while a shorter number with a sheer overskirt and the backless skater dresses aged the collection a bit, baring skin in the most demure fashion.

Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

A slew of masked models then stormed the catwalk in an eclectic mix of high-collar key-hole separates with a chintzy print and lightweight skin-baring dresses with beaded straps. The former suggested an understated glamour of Polynesian origins, while the fit on the latter pieces were fun and provocative but seemingly flimsy; exactly the kind of dresses you'd hate to be caught in a windstorm in.

A very unusual jumpsuit made of what appeared to be organza in eggshell white brought the quirky masquerade ball to a close. It was the kind of piece you'd turn your nose up at but secretly wish you owned for those lavish party invites with dress codes that appeal to your inner Solange.
Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries
Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries
Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries
The brilliantly operatic electronic synths reverberating off the walls were the perfect fit for the next sub-collection that followed, a monochromatic antithesis to its predecessors with bare midriffs, sheer fabric and metal accents. Since my badge-making days in primary school, I've been partial to the superfluous pinning of clothes in the most unnecessary of places so I was in heaven when Ndey Manneh strutted down the runway in that pleather crop top, a nest of large safety pins circling her swan-like neck.

From the studded helmet on my homegirl Maryam Bitrus to the leather jacket on Ariane, one of the models I met with after the shows, each piece was made for the edgy fashion-forward risk-taker who gravitates towards seemingly banal objects around the house to elevate their entire look.

Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

An awkward, premature segue to mainstream R'n'B a la Kid Ink and Chris Brown led us to a set that didn't take itself too seriously: a sleeveless dress with a woven bandeau and asymmetric hem under a tasseled wrap, a loose floral poncho of sorts held up by silk ribbons, drop-waist skirts... It was fun and flirty, made for dancing all night in.

Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries
Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

The last of Fashion Pony's fabulous designer medley closed the show on a similar note to the first: dainty frocks in sorbet blues and yellows with gathered, layered hems that bounced and swayed buoyantly with each step. They had an air of propriety about them that would appeal more to ladies who brunch and attend charity functions with great posture and a love of classic literature; not usually my cup of tea, but I did fall head over heels for the updated fifties day dress in peach. There was a sexiness to the way it fell and the delicate cross-back detail that, coupled with minimal makeup and kitten heels, could come off as unintentional - inherent, even.

Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries
Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries



Fashion Pony by Karina So. at FashionE Manchester Fashion Week 2016 for Ses Rêveries

There were some hits and misses in terms of fit and practicality but overall, this was a great start to Manchester Fashion Week; a telling exhibition of the wide range of style clans Fashion Pony cater to, from the Cheshire girl with oodles of savour faire to the edgy urbanite with a penchant for studs.
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