London Fashion Week just wrapped up and we saw some rather stellar shows for the coming season. Stylista Insider chronicles the standout ones below:
The designer of Indian origin showcased a Prom Queen-meets-Sporty Chica collection. The silhouettes were much sharper than his previous shows, with pink tulle and sequins, pastels and holographic glitter being some key trends we spotted.
Creative Director Christopher Bailey went organic this season, using hand-painted fabrics in addition to digital print ones. The effect was quite stunning, with bright colours infused into the staid, traditional Burberry colours.
Christopher Kane always has something new and beautiful to offer, and floaty organzas seem to be his medium of choice. This collection saw layers of fabric with chain-stitch details in black and nude. The woollens seen in the show were heavily textured, and a few digital print flowers also made an appearance, just like in his last collection.
A decade into his brand, Duro Olowu showcased styles that represent the bold signature of the label perfectly. Printed suits, billowy capes and classic flared skirts and palazzos were accented with beautiful scarves and eclectic accessories.
Characteristically baroque, the Fall-Winter show for Erdem featured rich brocades and exquisite embroideries on velvet and tulle. How beautiful are the black velvet dresses with lace inserts?
This season at Giles saw splashes of the tropical progressing into abstract digital prints. Dresses had flourishes of ruffles, intricate embroideries and touches of metallic paillettes. We especially loved the bright tangerine and turquoise accents.
House of Holland
House of Holland went technicolour with multi-hued paillettes and fabrics with plenty of surface sparkle. Playful and chic, this collection was a blur of brights.
Holly Fulton has been inspired by Art Deco motifs for a few seasons now, and this show saw her explore a subtle pastel palette and more intricate detailing. Coats were matched with full midi skirts and bejewelled necklines.
The talented designer explored the world of symbols in her collection, ranging from mundane public signs to esoteric gothic designs. And as the world of fashion collectively exclaimed, not a sign of print! Instead we saw a bevy of surface textures on her column dresses and gowns. From densely sewn crystals to chain mail and gilded cookie cutters, the collection was a new direction for this print-focused designer. Her floor-sweeping dresses sure did made a statement.
Simplicity in fabric and colour, and precise construction are Marios Schwab’s forte. This collection saw draped dresses with accents of leather.
Strong, concentrated hues broken by panels of black and accents of vivid colour; the Peter Pilotto show stunned as always, where digital prints, a smatter of sequins and strong, panelled pieces came together like a dream.
Dramatic swirls of monochrome, a touch of sequin, vivid colours, dark furs and tessellated prints were seen at Preen. The Star Wars motifs seen at Rodarte’s NYFW show were also spotted here.
Temperley’s fall show was light and airy, strewn with Art Nouveau motifs and floral embroideries. The designer used myriad prints on feminine silhouettes.
In stark contrast to the Temperley London show was young designer Todd Lynn’s, full of dark, intense pieces. Sharp tailoring with menswear elements were the focus of this collection.
The Tom Ford woman is restrained yet sexy. This collection was exactly that with streamlined black pieces with hints of leather, sequinned evening dresses inspired by sporty baseball tees and gowns in swathes of sultry velvet.
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