London Fashion Week SS16

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I am always super keen to see what London Fashion Week SS16 has to offer, more over than say New York or Milan. I just think we have a more eclectic mixture of designers, it always feels super fresh. This year is the first year that I wasn’t sitting watching each show live through the fab platforms that the British Fashion Council have set up. But I’ve caught up on the shows now and have a little round up and a few thoughts on what I think we can expect to see pulling through to the high street early next year.
The colour palette’s felt very muted, but not as saccharine sweet as previous Spring Summer (SS) seasons, blues, whites, greys and oranges took precedence with monochrome looks being mixed up with bold blues and greens. There was a smattering of muted pale pinks but nowhere near as much pastels as previous years.
Ruffles were everywhere, High necklines, with a victoriana meets boho feel to floaty layered sheer fabrics.
There was a slight ’70’s feel to some of the more structured pieces, like calf length culottes and flared trousers and jackets. Fabrics wise silk and lace featured in many shows, with embroidery and the use of tapestry pieces to bring prints into collections.
There were four shows that stood out for me, Julien Macdonald never disappoints, despite his cheesy PR tactics filling his FROW with the London IT girls of the moment including Made in Chelsea girls Rosie Fortescue & Millie Mackintosh wearing the labels own creations, I still love his dresses.
You can rely on Julien to amp things right up with embellished, sexy, head turning, red carpet worthy frocks. My favourite piece is the white jumpsuit/dress, love it. He also launched his menswear collection, which proved to me that the prints and embellishments he creates can move seamlessly through to menswear. All hail Julien!

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Burberry didn’t disappoint either, I loved their use of gold, black and cream with a military edge to their pieces. Beautiful ornate embroidery gave these classic cut pieces the edge.

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Temperley had a Grecian feel to the collection, with the blue and white you see in Greek ceramics and the blue and white of Santorini scenery. Cotton, embroided broderie anglaise pieces which could be worn straight off the catwalk.

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Finally my favourite show was Issa, literally there was not one bad piece amongst this collection. The use of  lots of white with a smattering of black, blue and lime made this show simple and clean but the use of fabrics and embroidery makes it detailed and exquisite.

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So as we wrap up warm in our cape coats and faux fur and batten down the fashion hatches for Autumn Winter, feel reassured that there are some exciting looks and trends to look forward to next Spring.

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