ON we go to London Fashion Week and the style got so much better than the week before. The weather brightened, the street style got a hell of a lot better and we saw a flash of something new. The theme of androgyny stuck through LFW but not in the obvious in-your-face way that NYFW liked to portray.
Our own fashion exports did us proud with some beautiful standout pieces that were fairly Irish weather permitting. Orla Kiely put the focus on some beautiful coats and knitwear – ensuring that the adoring masses would be warm and cosy throughout the A/W season. She kept to a very neutral palette of baby pink, baby blue, cream and black but everything was bang on trend and I ended up coveting everything on the runway! New initiate of the LVMH brand J W Anderson was being watched very closely after his move to new brand Loewe but his style was as innovative as ever. The corduroy was, perhaps, not to my taste but the silhouettes and shapes that he created were beautifully fluid.
Another trend that popped up out of the woodwork was lots of colour. I mean, 80s ‘on acid’ colour. One designer who championed this is House of Holland. His designs look surprising easy to wear if you toned down the colour scheme a tad and the introduction of these bright colour for the A/W season was a breath of fresh air. Ashish embraced the colour and the 80s theme too but turned the runway into a prom night with lavender tulle and neon sequins. Maybe think 80s roller disco…better dig out those skates.
It’s said Alice Temperley headed to Italy for some inspiration and her runway reflected the religious aspects of Italian culture. There were some beautiful prints and blue tones that reminded me of Spode china patterns. The blues and reflective grey hues were reminiscent of the beautiful Italian countryside and there was a slight Middle Eastern feel to the collection. Mary Katrantzou also went back to her floral roots, much to my satisfaction. The colours were much deeper than her usual collections but really were a testament to the way her designs are growing and improving – I was extremely impressed.
Burberry Prorsum was a cacophony of colour and fabrics, featuring a lot of our favourite models including Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse and Jourdan Dunn. There was a strong Navajo theme running through the show and used very bright colours for an Autumn/Winter collection. Overall the show was a great success but the show of the week went to Topshop Unique. There was a real British theme to the show and it was constantly tweeted and blogged about throughout LFW. The strong colours, the furs and leathers; everything just came together in a gorgeous collection of coveted clothing. Damn my empty purse.
It was a big week for Cara Delevingne as she revealed her first mini-collection during LFW. She modelled the three pieces at a party during the week and it’s no shocker that the collection went down a treat! Kendall Jenner made the news again by modelling for the Giles fashion show and also making friends with Anna Wintour, something her big sister is famous for being unable to achieve. Bring on Milan Fashion Week but I won’t be the only one that will long for that awesome unrefined British street style now LFW is over!