25 February 2012

Fashion Friday: London Fashion Week, Fall 2012

Okay, so I am behind, yet again. Oops! Sorry guys. I spend so much time in front of the computer that I find it hard to get blog posts together. It's really a shame, because London this year showed stronger than ever, perhaps because of the scheduling controversy between Milan and New York. That being said, here are my top 5 shows!

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5. Matthew Williamson: Once again, I was surprised by Matthew Williamson. I don't know if I just had misconceptions about the designer or if he has matured but I was really pleased with the fall offering. I loved the metallic pieces mixed in with (you guessed it) leather and fur, most especially a fun colored fox fur coat. Towards the end of the show, the dresses were pretty without being over the top, with bright colors, lace inserts and sheer panels. I really loved the pants, which were nicely fitted in navy or brocade, paired with jackets slung over the shoulders (the most on-trend way to wear them next fall, by the way, it's everywhere). Overall, there were a lot of great layering pieces.

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4. Burberry: Burberry is the crown jewel of London Fashion Week. It's a British brand helmed by a British designer filled with British codes - a no brainer for the English Rose. This collection, Town and Field, was a modern interpretation of an old hunting wardrobe. Giant, weirdly placed pockets aside, it was wearable and luxurious. The fabrics were rich, and I loved the pencil skirts with one large ruffle down the front. Sweaters with birds on the front added a dose of quirk and humor. And the men's looks were so sexy. At the finale, there was a crack of thunder and "rain" poured down the sides of the clear tent as clear confetti rained down on models sporting Burberry umbrellas. Perfection.
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3. Erdem: Last season, the Erdem girl was prim and proper. This season, she's dark and grown up. Erdem incorporated rubberized latex - like the sex-shop kind - into a collection that, while sexually charged, was still really sophisticated. Erdem layered lace on top of those more provocative fabrics, and the use of bright colors layered in kept the whole thing from feeling too heavy. Pants cut right at the ankle, which is the new chic length for straight legged pants, but dresses are clearly Erdem's forté. They were classic cuts, but the lace overlays were subversive in the way only Erdem can make lovely. And of course, there were wonderful florals that were fall appropriate.

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2. Temperley London: It was a very rich and highly decorative collection that was suggestive of Anna Karenina, or Renaissance era religious paintings, which are two reference points I can really get behind. I loved the rich gold, both in fabric and embroidery, and while I don't think every piece was wearable, I did love the overall themes. I'm also really into those fur Cossack hats. A rich red satin skirt with a black bow belt looked perfect with a nude blouse. Towards the end there were lovely evening looks in black, cream, and navy, punctuated with ornate embellishments.

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1. Giles: Designer Giles Deacon stated that he was inspired by a stately home that had caught fire, and that was evident in the clothes. A burned and scorched print evolved through the collection, smattered on gowns, skirts, and coats. There were knits that looked like shreds of their former selves, in the chicest way possible, and more prints that looked like either thorny bushes, barbed wire, or torn fabric. Of course, the key factor here is that none of the pieces were actually destroyed but instead really beautiful and well-constructed. Headpieces by Stephen Jones were the final theatrical touches, much like last season's swans that I obsessed over.

TRENDS: Fur is still really big. Mulberry showed an entire collection around furry creatures, like Maurice Sendak monsters or Muppets. Velvet is cropping up from runways like Paul Smith to high street like Topshop Unique. Gold is a good metallic to go with fall's dark colors, especially when burnished like at Nicole Farhi. And of course, fun prints are a London staple, like at House of Holland and buzzworthy designer Mary Katrantzou.

As always, this is not nearly a comprehensive list of everything that happened in London! There was truly so much amazing and wearable stuff for fall. London has cemented it's reputation as one to watch.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely! Burberry has been surprising me a lot lately, their show was brillant. Sweet blog
    xo Em


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