From Disney to sex symbols and 17th century British to futuristic grunge; London fashion week has lived up to its prestige.
Christopher Kane gave us craft and work. His collection was inspired by factory girls. Combing Velcro, silhouettes inspired by lab coats and taffeta overalls. A vibrancy of contemporary fabrics and retrospective shapes. We were delighted to see friends and family of designer Richard Nicoll paid tribute to him and his work with honouring the colour pantone blue. The soft blue colour is described as humble and modest and represents Nicoll’s consistent use of blue in his collections. Not only was it showcased at this show to pay tribute, but was also was distributed throughout London fashion week, with Nicoll blue portrayed through the venue.
Preen went for the political views on today. With Trump and Brexit taking over the world, now more than ever we need our security blanket to keep us safe. This almost was literally showcased at Preen runway show with flower strewn duvet coats and giant padded wraps covering the models.
Inspector gadget chic. I think it’s safe to say that the trench will never go out of style, especially in the fashion capital of London, when keeping warm and safe from rain is essential. JW Anderson, Burberry and many others enlightened us yet again with the revitalising trend of the classic Trench. As for Topshop unique lived up to its name with unique styles and a mix and match flavour, with lots of zany prints and a 60’s influence and Mary Katrantzou went for a bold move and her whole collection was inspired by 1940’s Disney’s Fantasia, with bags of imagination and colour. Hounds tooth gave a fantastical touch and exaggerated hips for a feminine new look era look.
Fashion has no age limit, a philosophy that should stay always. Five models between 47-65 protested about the lack of age diversity on the runway. Simone Rocha, a few of hundreds, featured many 70 year old models on the runway. We were also happy to see a recurring theme of the week has been gender fluidity. We’ve seen men wearing traditional women’s wear and vice versa, but now many clothing brands are designing intentional unisex and androgynous clothing. Designers such as Oliver Thame and Robert Sanders tick those boxes.
Sex still sells. Open back minimalism and messy bedroom hair will never go out of style. Transparency and fitted dresses were the essences of Roland Mouret’s line. As for House of Holland when for a cowboy aesthetic ‘Howdy partner’, with star printed Stretsons, fringed shirts and saddle up shoes.
Long live the queen. Mulberry’s Johnny Coca turned to old time royal inspiration with tweed suits, tartan skirts and checked farmer shirts teamed with cosy knit tights and thigh-high slip on boots.There there’s the big old comfy jumper and princess slip. This would be the epitome of casual chic. Ports 1961, who all trained at the infamous London’s Central Saint Martins, among others, showcased the perfect go to ‘pretty’ outfit for every occasion, but, it wasn’t all about the outfits, statement bag took centre stage at London Fashion Week, and with staple must-haves.