Last week, we reviewed NYFW here and here. Now that fashion week has ended in London, I wanted to highlight some of the fabulous designs we saw walk the runways in the UK. London Fashion Week is the time to see our favorite classic British designers showcase their lines for Fall/Winter 2015 like Burberry, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Erdem, and more. So let’s get started!
The 60’s/70’s trend continues with vintage prints and color palette at Burberry. Think patchwork suede boots, suede fringe skirts & bags, long fringe ponchos, and fur single breasted coats over low cut chiffon dresses. The classic and iconic trench also represented in a myriad of “patchwork, patterns, and prints” to mimic the brand’s theme for this collection.
Christopher Kane is a “new to me” designer that has mesmerized me with this collection. Full of ruffles and sheer lace details, his designs represented for me- classy and edgy. His looks were ladylike, but with slight sex appeal thanks to the demure way the models showed some skin with cut outs and smoking jackets with nothing underneath to show a sliver of bareness. Lots of velvet, chiffon, snake print, and silhouette prints that duplicated Kane’s studio drawings- which I thought was a fun and colorful change in what we’ve seen before.
The inspiration for Jonathan Saunders collection was described as “joy and optimism” and from the looks of it, his usage of psychedelic prints brings nothing but ecstasy for me. The shades and tones were very three-dimensional. Huge Jackie-O shades and laced over the knee Louboutin boots added the perfect touch to 60’s inspired dresses.
Inspired by the artwork of a fictional Parisian art collector in an installation at the Helly Nahmad Gallery, this collection by Erdem Moralioglu sought to bring an expressive mood with his rich and complex fabrics. Jacquard was heavily used in dressed and coats. Frayed full party skirts and tweeds with a touch of lace, black shearling, ostrich plumes, and sporty knits rounded out the looks for a total dreamlike experience.
Mellon’s collection has me wanting each and every piece that was shown because they are all realistic and practical for the average woman (unlike some of the more outlandish looks we constantly see on the runways). In her presentation, the designer’s “witchy woman” collection exhibited pointy toe shoes with dark hued pantsuits and dresses. Velvet, lace, leather and Mongolian fur was leisurely used in daywear that can easily transition into night.
Influenced by the colors of the zodiac, Williamson’s color combinations were an intoxicating mix of rich tones and prints interspersed with shearling accents. Worn with fringe booties, there were printed silk pantsuits, sequined gowns, and brocade belts on the models that radiated a sense of bohemian cool.
Coming soon: Milan Fashion Week. So check back next week for the recap!