London Fashion Week 2016
Much like four old friends, each city and their representative fashion week have their own unique styles and signature looks.
New York is renowned for it’s simplicity, clean cuts and extraordinarily cool street-wear. Milan is famed for its opulence and its unrivalled glamour, Paris for its artistry, craftsmanship and fantasy and London, London of course has a personality all of its own.
London Fashion Week, and of course, British fashion is celebrated world over for its signature eccentricity and eclectic mishmash of textures, patterns and influences. As a nation that is often credited with founding punk and the movements distinguished style, we are as famous for our skinny jeans and leather jackets as we are our classic tweed and brogues. With such oscillating styles mingled into one, it’s no wonder British style is so recognizable. Fashion week is one of the most anticipated events in the fashion calendar and London is home to design icons such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry and Erdem.
There were plenty of talking points on the catwalk, notably Christopher Kanes’ crocs and the Burberry see-now-buy-now collection that showed 83 Virginia Woolf inspired looks.
Christopher Kane collaborated with Crocs for a memorable show – it’s almost a universally accepted truth that crocs are… not usually the footwear of choice for the fashion conscious. The crocs were met with controversy on social media – with the majority of Twitter declaring that just because Kane put them down the catwalk, doesn’t mean they look desirable. The designer added large crystals to the footwear and teamed them with a collection inspired by ‘Make Do and Mend’. He was inspired by the resourcefulness of the 1940’s but also wanted to show a clash of British cultures – florals and East London street wear came together in a collection that honored the eclectic British style that was mentioned earlier.
Grecian designer Mary Katrantzou fused together ancient Grecian civilization with futuristic, psychedelic prints in a collection of simple pieces. Mary made no compromises with her pattern – pieces had heroic chariots emblazoned across them and vase detailing on dresses. A strict adherence to literal Greek culture mashed with a 60’s vibe made this collection one of the most notable.
Preen, with designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi at it’s helm, delivered a collection that is undoubtedly going to inspire high street and high end collections for seasons to come. Inspired by their childhood, Bregazzi said of the collection ‘we grew up with witches’, and this is certainly a memory that you can see translated on to their designs. The collection was spell-binding, with occult influences clearly running as a thread binding the pieces together into a coherent collection. The faces and necks of models were decorated with delicate dried field flowers, ferns and leaves – a very pagan touch and decided on with the help of a florist as well as a makeup artist. We saw classic Fred Perry t-shirts with pentagrams on, in fact, the whole show featured a lot of pentagrams.
Over at J.W.Anderson, statement earrings came back with a bang. Mismatched metals earrings that skimmed the shoulder were paired with wearable looks such as tank tops and canvas jackets – look to the collection for notes on how to wear the trend for everyday life.
Denim was another trend that seemed to dominate the catwalks this season, with young brands such as Faustine Steinmetz and Marques Almedia using the fabric in innovative and interesting ways, proving again that denim is still one of the most versatile fabrics that a designer has at their disposal. Distressed denim is another British favorite and these designers didn’t disappoint.
Last, but certainly not least, Pringle and Joseph showcased the coolest sleeves of the season – think sleeves way past your manicure or puffy sleeves to rival any 80’s fashionista. Ryan Lo had sleeves that passed models knees, although, this might prove a little more of an impractical trend to replicate. Emilio de la Morena were just one of the designers that designed sleeves as one of the main points of the collection.
Puffy sleeves, statement earrings and the vintage feeling of Preen collection will see us nicely through the colder months, with the colder weather approaching fast, we can start packing away our summer dresses and sandals and updating our wardrobes with some Autumnal pieces to see us through until Spring!
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