London Fashion Week Round Up
As one of the biggest fashion events in the country slowly starts to die down, the FROW seats are stacked, the sequins are off and the punter’s feet are swollen. But now the creative juices are at an all-time high for those whose eyes are brightened by the sight of a Saint Laurent ‘Angie’ double breasted blazer. Throughout this season we’ve seen structure and contour, textures and prints, sports-luxe and military and here at CCAD we’re going to break down our favourite shows from London Fashion Week so you get the highlights in one go!
If the star studded audience wasn’t anything to go by, Burberry killed it this year. With tapestry textures, their classic trenches and a mix of studs and tulle, the feel was definitely a combination of structure and oversizing with fluid fabrics and prints galore. The studded belts and military jackets worked amazingly with the muted tones, the tile prints and floral patterns. The different levels and layers gave a French Resistance/ mid-late 1800s feel and the ruffled sleeves with pie crust collars screamed romanticism. Without a doubt our favourite show of the year; get ready to see the emulation of these looks throughout the high street in months to come.
At Topshop Unique it was all about the silhouettes. Oversized jackets, nippy in-and-out blazers and belted, paper bag trousers and structured, angular PVC skirts. The colour scheme was minimal; think 80’s high flying business woman – lots of Lego brights, mixed with black and a frosted brooch every now and then. Industrial details were topping off various looks, an industrial buckle, a builder’s pocket and press studs were bringing another level to the slick looks. The inspiration here was definitely 80s/90s which seems to be a running theme with a few of the shows.
This new up and coming designer lit up the runway with sports luxe, noughties frayed denim and kicks. With models who could have stepped straight from the set of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’, it was clear to see the origin and inspiration of this collection. The neon brights mixed with the washed out denim is reminiscent of a Rihanna get up through and through. This show was a standout and we can totally see Rita Ora, Nicky Minaj and the pop princesses of LA loving these look.
The toga models stormed the catwalk at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. Artisanal and sleek was the vibe with modern and off-beat shapes with wrap-around, obi belts. Talking Heads style, oversized suits in musky browns (just the kind you’d see in a 70’s smoky gentleman’s club) was one look and then flowing gingham dresses teamed with harness straps was the next, a defining juxtaposition of shapes. Toga sent some strong looks down the catwalk which were snapped and sketched by the bloggers, writers and editors ready to soak up some inspiration ready for the new seasons.
We spotted 4 mini collections throughout this show with a couple of transitional pieces along the line. A catwalk of serene almost ‘bridal’ whites, followed by a pop of rouge and variety of ginghams and florals; all keeping with the red theme. Then came several gothic, monochrome looks with Victoriana details of lace and delicate gloves, followed by the final set. These final looks were very muted and innocent, with a splash of embroidery or embellishment following the schemes of spring green and sunshine yellow. An excellent pick and mix of different trends and vibes for the Spring and Summer months.
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