Where January can generally jog on and tends to be a fashion oasis, February delivers on steroids with red carpets galore to fashion week’s around the world. My personal favourite and the one I tend to keep my eye on is London Fashion Week, as it is the most progressive, fun, eclectic and packed full of British brands with the exception of brand Beckham which chooses to show at New York. If its good enough for Burberry and McQueen its good enough for me!
So the last four days has seen the fashion focus on London Fashion Week where the collections for Autumn Winter 2016 have been featured, a lot of hype surrounded the rainbow afro’s at Ashish and the cool set hitting the Burberry show. Here I’ll give you a quick round up of my favourite shows and what they mainly featured.
First up Julian Macdonald featured lots of black and metallics, fringing and lacing with the obligatory navel grazing necklines. If you’re a lover of the Kardashian’s I think you’ll like this collection. It didn’t feature the usual bright colours, glitz and glamour I’m used to more a dark gothic feel to the collection. These are my favourite pieces from the collection.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi saw dark florals and tartan esque checks on chiffons, with velvet dresses and ice blue’s and rose pinks again a dark imposing gothic feel to the collection the florals lifting the overall feel to be a little more romantic.
Mulberry featured muted olive greens, mustards, burnt oranges and aubergine a palette which appealed to my personal colour preferences, the structure, tailored and military feel to the pieces also appealed to my personal style. I was pleased to see capes and bomber jackets pulling through from SS16, I was going to buy a new bomber to add to my spring wardrobe upon seeing this I will continue to do so as its a great staple piece and easy to dress up or down.
Temperley London is always a show I enjoy, this AW season its dark, romantic, sumptous including dark based florals, ice blue’s, velvets with a feel of russian doll meets Dr Zhivago with a hint of gypsy rose lee. Big pussy bows, capes and ruffles, again the colour palette was muted and toned down all in all a very pretty show it was hard to pick just three looks.
The show I get very excited for is Alexander McQueen often watching the live feed, I love how Sarah Burton has continued Lee McQueen’s legacy. You could almost call me a super fan. Why do I like this collection? It has all the usual elements McQueen is famous for, influences from nature with the butterfly and bird prints on the leather coats, gothic victoriana meets bondage and the contrast in colour palette from the dark imposing black to the whimsical nude blush pinks. I treated myself and allowed six looks as I simply didn’t want to whittle it down, so worthy of having twice the coverage compared to the other shows.
Burberry got every one talking as they took a leap forward in changing the way collections are available, from September they will no longer do their womenswear and menswear shows seperatley or a Spring Summer and Autumn Winter collection. They will combine both men and women and will show a February collection and a September collection that you can shop immediately. This changes the industry satisfying the immediate need and interest of consumers where as previously we’ve had to wait 6 months to buy what we see on the runways. Burberry made hints towards this change in the last collection and along with Hunter streamed their shows on outdoor advertising screens across the country. I think this shift is fascinating and will be interesting to see if this remains with the super brands or if it eventually whittles down to the High Street. The cost implications are huge so only time will tell. As for this show, it had huge media coverage almost having its own red carpet guantlet of paparrazzi waiting for the gliterrati to arrive. Apparently Christopher Bailey’s influences were “glam rock meets military with a hint of archive Burberry” I seem to be mainly drawn to the coats in this collection, again the colours are muted olive greens, military navy’s and aubergine tones.
Finally just for a bit of fun (and for my friend Gemma) the Ashish show took disco diva to a whole new level with candy colours, glitter and afro’s in comparison to all the other shows this was fun and vivacious and simply fabulous. Can I see you all wearing this at your Christmas party this year? I doubt it but wouldn’t it be fun if we did!! I seem to have picked the more muted colours from the collection but that’s purely my taste and the shapes of the pieces appeal to me more.
These stunning images are all courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.com and the British Fashion Council, using the fotor website to create the collages.