The second of four in our Fashion Week posts, and next up is fashion on the home front at London Fashion Week.
London is always my favourite of the Fashion Weeks, and not just because it’s so close to home; I think the lineup is the most diverse, the most new and refreshing, and always the mos exciting. Here’s some of the shows that really got my heart racing:
Daughter of the legendary designer John Rocha, award-winning Simone has burst onto the fashion scene since winning the prestigious Newgen award, and now shows in Somerset House, just like the pros. Her collections are incredible for such an emerging talent, and AW14 was no exception; teaming boyish footwear with feminine shapes and textures is something we’ve seen from Simone before, but never in such an elegant way. The striking palette of black, white and scarlet red with hints of metallic together with floaty sheer materials makes for a collection both desirable and wearable. Bravo, Simone.
The usual genius was on display here; structured bell shapes with a mixture of influence from oriental jacquard to gothic lace and mesh, and an autumnal colour palette of blacks and metallics with dashes of pastel thrown in for good measure. Erdem never disappoints, and is one of my all time favourite designers!
Peter Pilotto is another designer I love, and AW14 may be my most loved collection of theirs yet. There was a huge range of exquisite print on show, from ethnic textiles to a digital sun-bleached mountainscape and geometrical florals. Their signature shape with that oh so modern V across the decolletage as seen in the look on the far right was still a player, but other, more classic silhouettes more reminiscent of the 40′s and 50′s were also on display. With slicked back hair and edgy, pointed shoes as accessories, this is fashion at its most beautiful. Divine.
This was the show that got everyone talking: Anya Hindmarch’s standout selection of bold handbags was a thoroughly modern pop art exhibition. Featuring household staples from the eye-wateringly bright Tony the Tiger to a metallic Bourbon biscuit box clutch, this was a collection full of quirky representations of today’s consumer culture, and simple ways to make a statement. It’s weird, but we like it.
So, there you have it! A condensed version of our top picks from LFW, made especially to help you sift through the onslaught of catwalk craziness being thrown our way this month!