London Fashion Week is almost over, yesterday saw the likes of Aquascutum, Elements/Amanda Wakely and Osman showcasing their collections.
For the past few days, fashion took another turn and reinvented itself. I personally think London has got the cutting edge, no other place is as innovative and dynamic. Not only is Fashion Week a time to fall heavily in love with designers and their collections, It is also a time to discover new and emerging talents. Creative print, innovative cutting, original styling and quirky hair and make-up, London never fail to impress and inspire.
With over 80 Fashion shows during the past 5 days, I have put together some images of my favorite outfits from my top pick Spring/Summer 2012 collections.
Peter Pilotto sent his models down the catwalk covered in symmetrical prints that were out of this world. Inspired by a trip to Indonesia, the collection an array of tropical prints. I am not talking about the pine trees nor banana prints, Pilotto took his prints to a whole new level, verging on futuristic. Not only was the prints reminiscence of kaleidoscopes, the cutting and draping of several sculpted dresses were highly mind boggling! ( In a very good way of course!). This collection will not only get you noticed, it is also super wearable and accessible.
Inspired by girls in grim rooms, paper peeling walls and scrapbooks nearby, Christopher Kane sent his models down the runway in probably one of his most accessible collections to date. Models wore comfy shoes which is a rare catwalk sight. The collection was showing feminine strength, echoing some sporty aesthetics.
I have been a long fan of Aquascutum. Designs are classic yet cutting edge, something you could probably buy today and wear tomorrow. One of the key features of this collection was the signature trench coat which was re-worked into a cropped version. The sports trend was referenced throughout by using mesh. Models stepped out in a mixture of brogues, heels and flats.
One of my absolute favorites this year was Giles Deacon. The catwalk was a world of drama and exaggeration. Models sashayed down the runway in metallic fringed dresses, lasercut sculpted dress with colour flashes of orange throughout. Not to mention, a few of the models were wearing amazing swan head pieces which got the crowd talking. Not the most wearable collection but easily the most visually stunning. The delicate and intricate lasercut work won me over. I am a sucker for detail, this pushed all the right buttons.
Burberry Prorsum never disappoints, and certainly not this time. To me, Burberry is the showcase of great British style. No other designer captures it as well as they do. Models came down the runway in muted olive and aubergine hues. Feminine dresses were paired with boxy casual jackets, trenches were pulled in at the waist with decorative belts and fine knits were styled with midi length skirts.
One of the key items that always wow me is their Outwear. Whether it is a Leather Jacket, a trench or a parka, Burberry always elevates it, re-works it, inventing new details and making it super desirable. Again, the outwear in this collection was the winner for me.
Sometimes fashion can be taken too seriously and we all forget to have a bit of fun. This is where Meadham Kirchoff steps in. If I could describe the collection, I would describe it as Marie Antoinette meets full on kitsch. It reminds me of a cross between Betsy Johnson and Heatherette. The outfits are fun and playful, they instantly send out happy vibes. I personally think the patches on the breast area is hilarious, a really daring yet dynamic idea.
So, that was my round up of some of the best shows during London Fashion Week, For next Spring/Summer, I see a lot sculpted skirts, knee high socks, structured dresses and a crazy amount of print! I do have to admit, London really owned the prints this time round!
What were your Favorite shows? What do you think of the whole Fashion Week?