London Fashion Week: A Report
Hollywood is still packing up its Oscar gear, but the fashion world doesn’t stop even for the biggest night in film. London Fashion week is finishing on a high-note as we speak. It-girls are getting their goodie bags to flaunt as style stars and industry insiders flock together for pre-show, improvised photo-shoots. Instagram is ablaze. Highlights are as follow:
It seems like a month ago when Mary Katrantzou was called the next big thing but now she is The Big Thing. Worn by people who matter all over the world, the Greek export manages to impress time and time again with her trademark digital prints of things you’ve never even thought about. Autumn/Winter ’15 refuses to lie on its laurels and retires some of the over-used styles. It brings a more subdued tone in the muted colours with only occasional splashes of shocking yellow, a 20’s vibe that we thought we were over with dropped-waists and fringe, but experiments endlessly and successfully with laser-cuts, draping and shapes.
J.W. Anderson, womenswear extraordinaire, brings forward even more laidback palettes, ingenious shapes and some dubious leather jackets that stir up the private detective inside. Waists are traditionally small and shoulders only seem to get bigger as we spot the items that will probably be this season’s style photographer’s bait. Knits, jerseys and leathers are used in what easily describes English winter attire while cuts remain familiar to those who have watched Anderson’s rise to fame. Girls having fun and 1980’s Berlin are the main inspirations but we can only hope that those boots go back to Britney’s 2002 archive.
Topshop Unique is one of the best at playing What Will Cara Wear Next? therefore it’s no surprise that their newest collection zaps through fashion decades, mini-skirts, flares and all, to deliver a well-rounded and quite interesting take on fast-fashion’s more expensive sister brand. Models huddled close in fur and leather coats, with beautiful, herb printed pieces here and there. Heavy outerwear over girly shift dresses balance each other out while tartan and wool bring some quintessential Englishness to the collection.
Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label brings together one of the best and most cohesive collections of the season. After all, it pays to have decades of experience. Impeccable tailoring, impressive volumes and a general sense of wearability that you don’t often see in Fashion Week can all describe the newest pieces. Fringe, tartan and zig-zags as well as a colour scheme to rival that of any true Gryffindor with just enough pink splashed to set it apart, are the first things you notice. Accessories run wild, from trademark, punk-rock leather dog-collars to dainty berets but then again it’s Westwood and that how it’s supposed to be.
It was all about the 70’s with Burberry this season as Bailey presents his own take on The Fringe (it should be in capitals by now) and the colour brown. We’re seeing suede, embroidery and rich autumnal colours and we’re loving it. It’s unapologetically feminine and so, so flattering – defined waists, incredible tailoring and lots of flowers. Season after season Christopher Bailey manages to impress with a seemingly endless amount of spins on the Burberry trench and A/W ’15 is no exception. If ponchos are more your thing (and if they’re not, they will be) he’s got you covered – pun intended. As far as accessories go, the only thing we’re not looking forward to is the price tag for those thigh-highs.
Bonus pictures of the best street styles. After all, everybody knows that the real show is off the catwalk…