God save the queen and then profusely thank her for such a brilliant city! Known for its Mod/Rock and Roll culture, London has always been the city to shake things up and make even the girliest ensembles slightly offbeat. If you haven’t already guessed I’m a little passionate about Ol’ London town; How could you not be it’s the place where fashion, art, culture and music all hold hands and walk down the street as one! This year the fair city brought us a fashion week that was utterly true to its roots (think Mick Jagger & Keith Richards circa ’69 mixed with a bit of Twiggy and topped off with some Sex Pistols).
The pieces were all impeccably tailored yet made edgy with rich jewel tones and clashing prints as shown by Paul Smith, Mary Katrantzou, Preen and Barbara Casasola. Belstaff got everyone’s attention with its black on black ensembles and THAT motorcycle jacket! Proportions were played with in Matthew Williamson and Simone Rochas shows whilst Margaret Howell kept it understated using simple shapes with quintessentially British prints. Tom Ford kept a generally muted palette with his collection and focused more on proportions and luxurious textures (furs, leather etc).
The stand out… Christopher Kane!! Now this is a major call for me as I am usually a Katrantzou fan through and through. As incredible as her collection was (I would totally wear every piece) Kane’s pieces were just next level. He managed to take the 60’s & 70’s into the future and somehow make it work. The shapes were amazing, the textures never overpowered the prints and the colours were kept muted to make the construction of the piece really shine. A brilliant collection from a brilliant fashion week, job well done London!!