Our London Fashion Week Round Up: One of the Best Seasons Yet
The buzz, glamour and excitement of London Fashion Week is now over and has moved over to Milan. The glamour doesn’t have to stop though, now we can look at the emerging trends. This London Fashion Week was the biggest yet; with official imagery designed by Manolo Blahnik, superstar Rihanna launching her collaboration with River Island, London College of Fashion students making a debut as well as all the big names showcasing their ranges such as Burberry, Tom Ford and Julien MacDonald. One the the nicest things about London Fashion Week is that there are so many smaller upcoming brands and designers such as Simon Rocha and J.W Anderson. Let’s not forget about all the stars who flock to the Capital for their seat in the front row of the show and of course the parties!
New York Fashion Week brought us jewel and earthy tones, a lot of black and print along with emphasis on shape so what have we got from London Fashion Week?
Well known for colour and florals, Erdem showcased the many shades of black and grey. Mixing fabrics such as tweed, lace and satin to create texture and depth using floral applique. Muted down floral prints brought in hues of red, blue and yellow tones to the very dark colour pallette and that deep berry shade we saw in New York is here to stay it seems. We are really starting to love this colour now ♥
At Burberry the hem line went up ever so slightly and Christopher Bailey seems to love the new deep berry shade of Winter. Amazingly this shade works well with many colour palettes and at Burberry it lifted the camel and nude tones with black and metal embellishments. The the main prints at this show were mini hearts and animal print; enlarged and small, leopard, cow and python prints. Sheer rubber was hot for this show and every look was dressed with a simple but sexy pointed animal print kitten heel.
It was all big sleeves, fur trims and a jewel toned colour palette at Mulberry; gorgeous emerald, the deep berry shade we’ve been talking about and of course black. The use of masculine fabrics still continues, for Mulberry these are heritage fabrics and here we see magnified checks and enlarged pleats. The emerging trend for wearing tunics over trousers that we saw at the Victoria Beckham show was also seen on the Mulberry catwalk.
With the the huge honour of Beyonce wearing an Osman jumpsuit at the Grammy Awards recently this show was oozing confidence and satisfaction along with the designer. In this collection the emphasis was on shape; cape back and front tops, fluid white trouser suits, one shoulder dresses in masculine fabrics and rabbit fur trims similar to Mulberry. Gold brocade and lace detailing gave the finishing touch to this sell-out collection.
With the help of Google+ the entire Topshop Unique show was on livestream and linked to the design team at Topshop’s headquarters. Along with the many textures, boyish coats and inspiration from the 90s pop era this show had casual daytime sparkle and patent fabrics to add to the shine. Fur scarves were gathered on one shoulder to give more emphasis on shape and Jourdan Dunn was seen strutting down the catwalk in a very sparkly jumpsuit in that famous deep wine shade.
It looks like the monochrome trend is here for Autumn/Winter too; black and white with retro shades of sapphire blue and emerald green brings full on 50s style glamour for Temperley London. The retro shades, the hair, the leather gloves and the silhouettes are shouting 50s glamour. Alice Temperley uses gold brocade to bring in intricate detail contrasting with large checks.
More fur trims! So it is official, fur is a huge trend for Autumn/Winter 2013 and in shades of brown it is even bigger. Floral applique as seen a Erdem was also used at the Christopher Kane show to add texture to sheer fabrics layered up. It wasn’t just fur trims, there was feathers too in red and black and another textural fabric was velvet in sapphire blue and black with sheer fabric trimmings. One of the most memorable prints from this show was camouflage on knits and coating.
Sheer cutouts, applique, shimmer and the red carpet calling for classic Julien MacDonald. A mix of textures on figure hugging dresses, either mini or maxi with sheer panels and thigh high slits. The A-listers will definitely be taking inspiration for The Oscars.
With Matthew Williamson’s signature style, print and even use of colour, a certain freshness came to London Fashion Week. Aztec print, extra long dip dye fringing and more daytime shimmer. Always one of the most anticipated shows for London Fashion Week that always succeeds in pleasing the front row and fashion press.
It is safe to say that there was a lot happening on the Tom Ford catwalk; there was fur trims, leopard print, zebra print, lace, fringing, patchwork, pop art prints and bright colour such as bright blue and 90s pop pink. Somehow though, it all worked well together as a a remix of Tom Ford classics. Bomber jackets and ponchos along with the pop art prints really take us back to the 90s just as Topshop Unique, contrasting the many designers who have taken inspiration from the 70s looking at Issa and the retro prints at House of Holland. Then again, we have also seen 50s glamour at Temperley London and the 80s at PPQ.
One things is for sure, London is full of iconic and talented designers who are proud of going back to their British heritage signature styles. Right then…over to Milan ♥
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