Retrogression by Danish Wakeel – LFW A/W 2014

London Fashion Week (LFW) is one of the highest profile fashion events in the world and one of the Big Four international catwalk influencers. Danish Wakeel, whose collections I always overview on my blog because of his attention to neckline deign in menswear, showcased his brand new collection “Retrogression” at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea this February at an eminent London fashion week A/W 2014.146Inspired by drugs, decadence and debauchery, ‘Retrogression’ is a jaunty and ebullient high fashion collection created by a fashion designer/high fashion model Danish Wakeel. Wakeel describes ‘decadence’ as a form of luxurious self-fulfillment affiliated by  the erosion and decline of moral, ethical and sexual mores. While designing ‘Retrogression’ Wakeel was inspired by the roaring 1920s, which saw a seismic shift in values for many Americans. After the U.S. emerged victorious from the Great War, an economic boom resonated throughout the land and a fervently capitalist America emerged. This spirit beat more vicariously in the hearts of some more than others. Those wealthy enough to rejoice in the newly-conceived luxuries did so with utter abandon. As a result the strong American work ethic quickly transmogrified into a society buoyed by incessant hedonism and the pursuit of personal fulfilment. 

 Danish Wakeel  was further inspired by Irish poet and wit and the original dandy Oscar Wilde, who championed the philosophy of Aestheticism. Known for his biting acuity, flamboyant dress and glittering repartee, Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his day. Lastly the high fashion model turned designer incorprated whimsical romance with a nod to Cupid the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. ‘Retrogression’ is a celebration of the epoch of decadence, hedonism and dark romance and is buoyed by myriad sleek and artisinal couture-like silhouettes; a kaleidoscope of colour and a cornucopia of luxurious fabrics. Look back and revel!2 
The entire show was sponsored by London’s premium cosmetic surgery group, Berkeley Square Medical, which is one of the UK’s leading providers of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Surgery with head offices in Mayfair London, Paris and Dubai.  (
http://www.berkeleysquaremedical.com/The PR of the show was provided by the ‘London Model Academy’ while the creative direction was supervised by ‘Haus of Projects’. The make up and hair for ‘Retrogression’ show was made by a head make-up and hair designer from In-Ven-Tive, Ian Massa-Harris. The make up sponsor for the show was ‘TEN IMAGE’ .

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