I’ve finally put together a round up of my favourite shows and my favourite looks from London Fashion AW14 for you: including Simone Rocha, Temperley, Mary Katrantzou, Topshop Unique and Burberry.
I have to say yet again Christopher Bailey stole the show with his collection. I don’t think a collection could get anymore feminine, with sheers, silk and gorgeous hand painted prints inspired by the Bloomsbury writers and artists. Bailey kept the collection true to british heritage and used traditional techniques, with every bag being hand painted. I’ve always been a sucker for a good silk scarf and it was the scarf’s that really made the collection for me. I wasn’t so keen on the personalised Burberry blankets worn at the end of the show that everyone’s talking about. I just feel that they made such a gorgeous collection a little bit novelty. As always the soundtrack to the show was performed live, this time by Paloma Faith, Ed Harcourt and Rhodes, if you haven’t already seen it. Without a doubt this was my favourite show of the season.
If I’m honest I’m usually a bit sceptical about high street brands showing at LFW, and sometimes it can seem like they rely heavily on their star studded front row. However, this was definitely not the case with the Topshop Unique show, the clothes spoke for themselves, with possibly the best coat collection from all the shows. The pieces were super wearable as always with Topshop. One thing admire about the brand is that they really do go the extra mile with their shows making them a spectacle. Holding the show in the Tate Modern, Topshop opened up the space, inviting members of the public to watch from above the higher levels of the gallery which was a great touch.
Using Elizabethan silhouettes as inspiration, embellished necklines and hip accentuating skirts, Rocha’s collection was super feminine. For me, part of the main success of the collection was Rocha’s choice of materials including: PVC and yellow high shine coated python skin, adding a tough edge to the collection. The hair and makeup stopped everything from looking too period inspired- creating an almost undone and unrefined look. I loved the gold brogues and her use of nudes, red and pink tones.
Shorter lengths and layers are not two words that that you would usually associate with Temperlery so in some respects this collection was quite surprising- but nether the less very wearable. The collection was littered with pops of colour in blue and orange and there were some great prints throughout. My favourite pieces included a floral print quilted jacket. I also liked that the floral, folk inspired prints, gave the collection more of a casual feel.
Another designer who broke out of their usual aesthetic and showed us something slightly different this season was Mary Katrantzou. Surprisingly there was not a digital print in sight. Instead the collection focused on traditional techniques including crochet and hand embellishment. Katrantzou was clearly inspired by symbols which reminded me of the little iron on badges you had when you were younger- the sort thing that you would see on a scout uniform. I especially loved the sweatshirts with these hand embroidered motifs on.
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