London Fashion Week was a mix of fabulous, flirty fun as femininity reclaimed its place back into the heart of the fashion capital.
Topping the list of best shows came from fashion favourites Burberry. They transformed the traditional trench coat into a thigh skimming mini in pale pink satin while silk chiffon and gauze featured heavily which was not only easy on the eye, but completely wearable unlike some of the tacky pieces which graced the catwalk this season.
Burberry was by far the biggest draw of London Fashion Week and the British power house said it was thrilled to be back in the capital for the 25th anniversary of the event. Anna Wintour graced the front row of a starry climax to the event. Along with style icons Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and emerging fashionista Emma Watson. Read more »
Nature necessarily moves on, infinitely transforming itself, adapting, evolving, forever locked in a constant state of fluidity and flux… Taking this natural paradigm as a template for his own clothing ranges, Marki Liu’s ‘Zero Waste’ fashion attempts to expand upon previous notions of ecologically minded clothing, providing a series of innovative and intricate patterns that merge and combine with one another in an endless jigsaw of fabric, which can also be summed by a minimal waste of fabric.
Well it seems that London Fashion Week will be THE place to show this coming autumn, with the latest news that Matthew Williamson is following hot on the heels of Burberry to return to the British catwalks for the spring/summer 2010 shows.
It seems that the rumoured-to-be best ever LFW has attracted some of the country’s best designers back home to celebrate the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Council. With celebrities and fashionistas expected to be out in force for the London shows it’s no wonder that designers want to be a part of it. Read more »
Devotees of home-grown fashion will be merry today following the news that quintessentially British label Burberry is to return to the catwalks of London Fashion Week to show its Prorsum spring/summer 2010 collection.
It has long been a bone of contention with LFW followers that many British labels leave the capital of cool for the (some say more ‘high-fashion’) catwalks of Milan and Paris. Luella, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen are among those designers who have chosen to show their collections on the continent instead of London. Read more »
From Luella to Sinha Stanic to William Tempest, if you were following London Fashion Week here at t5m you couldn’t have failed to notice the royal references marching the catwalks.
Inspired by the continual influence the Windsors hold in the fashion world – Alexa Chung and Agyness Deyn both name the Queen as their style icon – Central St Martin students have been busy tracing the influence of royal style on our wardrobes.
Dj-ing, producing, modelling and now designing. Wow, we want some of those Ronson genes.
t5m were fortunate enough to catch up with Charlotte Ronson, the eldest of the Ronson clan, as she releases her first collection on this side of the Atlantic in none other than fashion mecca, Harrods. Charlotte has already taken the States by storm with her various collections, be it for her high-end Charlotte Ronson label, or her diffusion lines for Urban Outfitters (yes, we wanted to own all of it) and JC Penny – so it’s about time she bought her effortless, feminine chic to these shores.
Her S/S 09 collection is all pretty pinks, flirty frills and punky, yet girly, wedges - and there’s no doubt London girls with a taste for the sugary sweet will snap it up. But it was her A/W, or ‘fall’ as she calls it, lines that have attracted the real attention – and saw her in the prestigious Bryant Park tents of January’s New York Fashion Week for a second time.
Paris Fashion Week had better prepare for a British invasion. Yup, hoping for a repeat of their success at London Fashion Week - British designers including Erdem Moraliogu, House of Holland, Mark Fast, Meadham Kirchoff and Mary Katrantzou will all be showing their A/W 09 collections at the London Showrooms, in a bid to emulate the success of other designers such as John Galliano and Hussein Chalayan who all made their name in Paris.
It’s a sort of school-exchange style programme, where the British Fashion Council aim to export British talent to other markets – and the most recent star pupil is boy-wonder Gareth Pugh who shows his a/w 09 collection in the City of Lights today.
We wouldn’t mind a trip to Paris Fashion Week either…if anyone’s listening?
After indulging in a week of female fashion, Wednesday came as a bit of a shock to the system with a day entirely dedicated to menswear. MAN, b store, Carolyn Massey, Tim Soar and E. Tautz showed off their A/W collections on the last day of what’s been a manic but exhilarating week.
B store was dominated by an industrial feel, with trouser legs rising to 3/4 length and the strong, sharp tailoring both b store and Tim Soar are known for. Sailor stripes and berets were reminiscent of Parisian chic and I was happy to see desert boots make a comeback, teamed with rolled down socks on both men and the few women that made an appearance on the runway. Tim Soar brought on a lighter palette with white, creams and light greys dominating the show. There was a lot of outerwear with jackets cinched at the waist, and looser fit trousers.
The much anticipated Carolyn Massey show did not dissapoint as the designer maintained her clean fresh appeal with skinny suits and smart shoes. Heavy knits gave a cosy winter feel, my favourite being the gorgeous aubergine jumper with metallic woven detailing. Menswear definately made an impression at London Fashion Week and we’re sure it will be a fixture for the next 25 years!
It’s no doubt Peter Ingwersen had the recession in mind when designing his latest collection.
The Noir/Bllack Noir show took a sombre tone with a dulled palette of grey, black and navy with the recurring juxtaposing of masculinity and femininity for an androgynous, hard-as-nails look. The contrast filtered into the combination of textures too, as silk chiffon, jersey, leather and wool worked together to form slim silhouettes with harsh outlines. Accessories were kept minimal with simple black leather gloves leaning towards goth-rock chic.
A burst of colour came in the form of a light blue silk printed minidress, flirtatiously worn with a black bow at the waist, but by far my favourite piece in the collection were the leather knee-high waders – amazing!
I have officially found my favourite new designer. I’d suspected it for a while, having fallen in love with a collection of his two seasons ago and generally being intrigued by anything associated with a certain virtuoso-pattern-cutter from way back when.
Avsh Alom Gur, one of the most exciting fresh talents around: creative director of the resurrected Ossie Clarke label and visionary in his own right.
This season, my suspicions were confirmed, as I was lucky enough to catch both of this maverick’s LFW shows.
Monday morning’s Ossie Clarke show roused me from my comatosed state with its wash of colours, fantasy and nostalgia. Lost weekends, the Ballets Russes and twilight mysticism all provided inspiration for this, the most accomplished Ossie collection to date.
It is clear that Avsh is a man of eccentricity and wild imagination – not dissimilar to his label’s namesake. For example, how many shades of red can you name? Scarlet, crimson, pillar-box… vermillion’s a fancy one. But try dragon’s blood, stiletto, beetroot or betelnut: all shades of the colour listed on the show’s press release. And I don’t even know what a betelnut is!
The Ossie Clarke collection was lovely enough but Avsh’s outing at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout on Tuesday showed off his creativity to its fullest.
Eastern European folk art and ‘the decadence of The King and I’ were the premise for an imagined party, ‘with guests resembling the mismatched wardrobe of a crazed society girl, drunk on a combination of heavy embroidery and showgirl sequins.’
And if the collection was a little schizophrenic, alternating between lavish tapestries of autumnal floral motifs and a powder pink, purple and black colour way, it was all part of this illustrative story.
Silhouettes harked back to the days of a ‘bygone era of opulent couture,’ with party dresses and ball gowns taken to extreme proportions, sweeping down the runway in a vast flurry of crinoline and netting.
Every now and again, outfits appeared emblazoned with the words ‘credit crunch.’ In any other instance the cynic in me might have found this a bit try-hard, but as I was enjoying the show so much I thought it was funny; in an ironic way of course.
This collection was clearly all about escapism and extravagance, and it did, for a good ten minutes or so, transport me somewhere far removed from the London grizzle outside. So thank you Avsh, for lighting up two dreary Fashion Week mornings and giving me a few things to hanker after when I win the lottery.