After the 90’s sports luxe of New York and already a couple of season defining shows; all eyes moved to London where expectations were high. What were we given? A bevy of pastel clad beauties at Burberry, Ibizan goddesses from Topshop Unique, sexed up plant hormones (yes, really) at Christopher Kane; hippies, florals, metallics and of course Mr Tom Ford! Special mention for Simone Rocha who surprised everyone with a much more subversive tone – still a newcomer yet Rocha junior added to her success of last season to produce one of the most intriguing shows of the season!! Just like magic, London bought together the diverse, the individual and the creative alongside pure craftsmanship, skill and attention to detail; one of the finest LFW’s to date! Just take a look……
Men’s Collections London is quickly becoming one of the most influential Menswear weeks of the year! Burberry returned from Milan and newcomers such as JW Anderson created one of Men’s Collections most high profile weeks to date. On the catwalk, colour was one of the key trends from strong primary’s to summery pastels, sketched graphics seen at Christopher Kane were also popular and designers such as Jonathan Saunders continued to push boundaries with unique fabrics. However, it wasn’t just the catwalk that attracted attention, from Florence to London and Milan; the menswear street chic on show was unmissable. Tommy Ton amongst others, captured everything from dapper suits, to the chiselled models and the women literally rocking the ‘boy meets girl’ trend……Apparently Menswear really is where it’s at!
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This year the Met Ball – the most glamourous, fashionable red carpet event of the year, broke the mould; challenged the tradition and went PUNK!! What better way to celebrate this year’s New York Metropolitan Museum exhibition; ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ than inviting a host of celebrities/fashion legends to dress like an anrchist and stick safety pins through their Versace?!
However, after seeing the pictures I am a little worried about who actually received the memo!? Sienna Miller looked fierce in her fully studded Burberry Prorsum leather jacket whilst Miranda Kerr accessorised with a dangerously spiky Christian Louboutin clutch and SJP even turned up showing her underwear!! Special mention for Anne Hathaway who looked amazing debuting a punked up, bleached blonde crop to go with her vintage Valentino, Nicole Richie was definitely the punk princess of the night with Dree Hemingway and Leelee Sobieski rocking their own unique style – both showing true Punk attitude!
As for the guests who decided not to embrace the theme and arrived looking as ball gown perfect as ever….they just didn’t cut it; only the Punked made it onto my favourite’s gallery, these girls got it just right……..
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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!
‘I heart classics’ – We all know no one loves a classic like Burberry. At the same time no one loves innovation and technology like than Burberry; which is why Christopher Bailey has been fusing the two together for a few seasons now, so for AW13 whats new?
To start with, there were no holograms, rain or snow showers nor was there a celeb packed front row to entertain. The Burberry man had calmed down somewhat, gone back to basics or, in Burberry’s words Classics. All of the main outerwear was on show, from cabin to utility coats, donkey jackets and of course the legendary trench. Yes there was innovation seen through the use of materials and motifs, but they were subtle and classier than previous seasons. Heart motifs adorned shirts, studs decorated shoes and my personal favourite animal print covered everything from cabin coats to holdalls! It was another strong collection from Mr Bailey a quirky twist on the classics, classic Burberry.
I’d have a Burberry man any day!
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So much time has past it only seemed right to refresh my memory with the main trends of the current Fashion Season – on and off the catwalk. One of the most under the radar, emerging trends seems to be focusing on Accessories. In other terms we have seen a come back of the perspex bag, the bag that shows your goods off the the nation but at the same time looks surprisingly sleek, fresh and so totally SS13! Everyone’s doing it…