And so to London, the excitement mounted! Never one to disappoint, LFW seems to get better every season and this week was no different. Christopher Kane showed no less than 60 looks – successfully capitalising on the extra budget he now has thanks to investment from the French luxury conglomerate PPR’s, Tom Ford returned to main stream fashion week and after an exciting NYFW it was up to London to keep the tempo going. With such a forward thinking line up there was no doubt London could rise to the challenge…..
- The ‘Coming of Age’ – David Koma: A designer I have appreciated but never personally taken note of until now. Apparently this season the inspiration came from old vinyl records, but there was nothing old about this collection. The use of innovative, interesting textures and materials gave David Koma’s AW13 offering an intriguing subtlety that hasn’t been present in previous collections. I can imagine the cooler crowd warming to these pieces; think Alexa in Look 14 (above) with a pair of Chanel pumps? No? I’m sure Koma won’t need to look far to find some other A-Lister waiting in the wings…
- The Fashion Powerhouse – Burberry Prorsum: Pre SS13 the last few seasons from Burberry have all merged into one, the colour pallet and cuts seemed to be duplicated and as attractive as they were, I felt the collections became a little predictable. SS13 however couldn’t go by un-noticed and was a rainbow of metallic beauties that I’m sure will adorn the front rows of fashion week but perhaps on a more commercial level not so much. That brings us to the latest offering, AW13 which in my opinion ticked all the Burberry boxes and then some! As soon as Karlie Kloss walked out in Look 6 sporting that rubber pencil skirt/shirt combo I knew we were in for a treat! Still as effortless and on-brand as ever, the collection highlight was the variety of animal prints on offer, often all mixed together. Evening-wear isn’t Burberry’s strong point so the metal belted pieces that came towards the end of the show, can be left in the sample room and the rest? That can be sent directly to me…please?
- The Surprise – Matthew Williamson: When I think of Matthew Williamson I think bohemian, pattern, sexy, womanly, perhaps not words you would use to describe the AW13 show. From the off, Look 1 consisting of a sculptural coat with geometric inserts would have looked more at home on the Carvan catwalk -that was until the rest of the collection was revealed. The 70’s colour pallet and geometric patterns ran throughout with particular favourites, the striped dress and suit, the wrap skirt and fringed necklace added that bohemian edge to a strong new direction for Matthew Williamson.
As London drew to a close nearly as quickly as it started we were left with a more grown-up feel; brands seemed to have experimented subtly with textures and materials rather than full on looks. It may now be the shortest fashion week but it is still the sweetest!