Tuesday, 1 March 2011

London Fashion week report

So, London Fashion Week is over and I have been watching the online videos of designer’s A/W catwalk collections with an eagle eye. The first five days were, for me, the most inspiring and maybe that is because day 6 saw the celebration of menswear which I am less fond of (probably because I can’t imagine myself wearing the garments).

Day one favourites:
·        Jean-Pierre Braganza – Braganza’s collection was similar to a few designers in the concept of it leaning towards gothic in terms of fashion styling. Models paired beautiful dresses with cut out detailing with dark make-up and hair tied high and tight. The mix of chic and ominous tones established a contemporary dark glamour once adopted by 1920 scarlet Clara Bow.
·        Paul Costelloe – Costelloe’s collection was fun, young and witty. Models sported kitsch red frizzy bobs with cute two piece tailoring. The 1960’s inspired silhouettes were made from tweeds and heavy knits excellent for stability and structure. The combination of tights in earthy tones gave the sophisticated essence of the garments a modern twist.

Day two favourites:
·        Betty Jackson – Jackson splashed out on a colour infusion of coral and brown which echoed ethnic references. The floaty short dresses in wondrous prints exuded a bohemian vibe with elegance. The use of white tights allowed the vibrant colours to show off to their full potential and vitality.
·        Issa London – Issa’s printed frocks united with neck ties fixed into a bow shape were divine. In movable viscose and silk fabrics the garments were wearable and comfortable without losing their style. Most models had teamed the look with hats which screamed 1940’s. My personal favourite look was a jumpsuit with gold, shiny jewellery. I will most definitely be creating my own replacer on this on a high-street budget. Issa, like Jackson played with the colour coral in lovely neck scarves and prints. The show ended with an older looking model (who still looked amazing) wearing a floor-length backless red dress. I thought it was a nice and unexpected way to show how universal the clothing was.

Day three favourites:
·        Erdem – Erdem, as an existing fan of his work and preferably his Spring/Summer collections I was intrigued to see what he was going to create for 2011 Autumn/ winter. The collection was different to his usual pretty floral prints and fresh, feminine palettes. The collection had an undertone of macabre that was evident in the dark and sensual shades of deep purple and ruby red used in the garments. His iconic prints were replaced by stronger more graphic lines and geometric shapes. Despite it all the silhouettes and fabric oozed classic Erdem.
·        Peter Pilotto – Pilotto’s collection was a concoction of black and red colour infusions and occasional earthy tones. Breaking up colour blocking was the use of mirrored fabric that gave the look a futuristic nature. The unique asymmetric lines and v-necks really helped set off the outfits.
Day four favourite:
·        Michael van de Ham – Van de Ham didn’t follow other designers and instead decided to base his collection predominately around the use of velvet in luxurious shades of emerald green and royal blue. My favourite was a velvet gold dress that seemed to mirror Grecian style but with attitude. Other fabric choices were glittery and shiny which reminded me of 1980 garish sportswear but with an applied sophistication.

Day five favourites:
·        Jenny Packham – Packham satisfied my craving for over the top glamour. Her collection was the epitome of just that but on a very elegant and sexy level. Her floor length evening gowns were simply to die for. They were everything you hope for in a dress, they were figure hugging and sensual. Some had ruffles, some had lace and some were made from silk but all were gorgeous.
·        Vivienne Westwood – Westwood’s collection was fun and casual without being boring - it is Westwood after all. Some of her infamous tartan prints were thrown in for good measure and also some slouchy but perfectly made tailoring. I had my eyes on some thigh-high boots paired with shorts as I felt it was extremely wearable but trendy. 

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