There’s a special place in my heart for British fashion, and Britain in general, and there’s always a special excitement during London Fashion Week for me. London Fashion Week is always a little bit more eccentric than its fashion capital counterparts, and there’s always a promise of the unexpected as well. London is known for being a springboard for up-and-coming designers and there’s always a promise of a designer who’s sure to be the next big thing.
Here are my top 6 favorites from London Fashion Week.
Sweet watercolor florals were touched with a graphic twist, and satin and silks ruled throughout the whole collection. Structure was key, and a mastery of tailoring was evident from looks which ranged from kimono style dresses and tops to an origami style shrug. Silohuettes in this collection were almost as decadent as the fabric and details that treated each piece. Iridescent fabrics also made an appearance, adding yet another dimension to each look. A stunning collection that’s crafted exceptionally well
Mother of Pearl
60’s and 70’s sweetness is back, and Mother of Pearl clearly draws inspiration from the decades in their latest collection. Silky, baby doll dresses and sets feel grown up in mixed patters that are demure in their sweetness. Patterns were small and geometric, a perfect match with the a line sheath dresses that owned the runway. This collection is mod dressing done modern and it’s absolute perfection.
Ashley Williams features the sort of urban eccentric and graphic designs you’d expect from a British fashion house. Bras were worn outside of shirts and cartoon style patterns paired together to create a sort of high fashion vibe that’s childish in an adult way. This collection feels like a goth pin up fashion fantasy, something that’s sure to be a hit with the fashion crowd.
This collection is sweet, prim and proper. 60’s silhouette are revisited with just the right amount of structure and graphic inspiration to create something a little edgier. Peter pan collars and pops of burnt orange help to ground this minimalist collection, aiding in a sweetness that still feels simple. Mary Jane shoes add the perfect finishing touch to this collection that feels incredibly British.
With a name like Shrimps, you know you’re in for something a little bit..different. This collection offered fur in sweet brights, all paired with silk pajama style pieces. The 60’s are back and with a vengeance, especially in this collection that features mod dressing with an edge. Cheetah print isn’t necessarily classic 60’s fair, so there’s a sense of refreshment to this collection with its prints and straight cut silhouettes. This collection is the perfect mix of mod style and innerwear as outterwear; sexy, inspired and mod-ern.
Marchesa always delivers, and this season is no different. Silhouettes were loose and bohemian and structured and sexy, in this collection that was as intricate as it was stunning. The attention to detail in Marchesa’s latest is unparalleled, florals, lace and bead work all own the collection and create the perfect wardrobe for a grown up flower child.This collection is easily my favorite from London Fashion Week, its both romantic and grown up and absolutely stunning. It’s clear that Marchesa knows what it takes to make a woman look, and most definitely feel, beautiful.