Merry Ol’ England, we meet again for a week of serious style. LFW started with a bang and proved that fun and fashion still go hand in hand. While NYFW brought us luxe fabrics and beautiful draping, London has given us explosions of colour and quirky ensembles.
Trends were more or less thrown out the window (the English are far too for cool trends) and wowed the crowds with their innovation. For me there were 6 shows that stood out; Temperley London, Ashley Williams, Simone Rocha, House of Holland, Vivienne Westwood Red Label and of course Mary Katrantzou (my love for her collections will never die).
Temperley London: Metallics mixed with grey, black and white was the colour palette of this collection giving it a ‘laid back evening feel’. What made me love this collection is the sheer versatility of it all; it felt grown up yet youthful, feminine but also had an essence of masculinity to ensure it can cater for the celebrity and street style crowds alike.
Ashley Williams: the offbeat designers collection is always fun and a lil’ tongue and cheek. With a nod to the mid-nineties, the pieces represented a mix of Goth/punk rock with feminine silhouettes. Think Gwen Stefani circa 95’ mixed with a powerpuff girl.
Simone Rocha: The designer went back to her art school roots in this collection using Louise Bourgeois as her main influence. Her muse shone through with her use of tapestry and padded velvets in some of the key looks. It was like taking an art history class, but with less history and more art.
House of Holland: What can I say about Mr. Holland…The man used a travellator as his runway for Christ sake!! His show was fun, youthful and just fucking cool. With his edgy approach to clashing tartan and bold stripes topped off with kick arse flatform lace ups, Hollands pieces were a hipsters wet dream.
Vivienne Westwood Red Label: Dame Viv knows how to put the drama into fashion and the collection queen did not disappoint. There was the classic up yours attitude that a Westwood show always exudes however, what it really came down to was great craftsmanship and sheer knowledge of a woman’s silhouette; making it an instant favourite in my eyes (the stripe trouser and blazer combo is my idea of a good time, just saying).
Mary Katrantzou: and then there’s this lady…. Miss Mary K. All I can say is that her shit is bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S!!! She is just a fucking artist. Whilst most designers talk about their ode to an era or a silhouette, MK references kenophobia (fear of empty spaces) as an influence and that in ye’ olden days the Victorians felt the need to jam pack every space of their living areas to feel comfortable; juxtapose that with todays need for minimalism and voila! A collection is born! You can actually see the fusion of these elements with her clean lines mixed with crazy patterns/textures. I tip my imaginary hat to Lady K on a job well done.
That’s a wrap of London Town peeps. Next stop, Milan!