Friday, 21 September 2012

•London Fashion Week was a chance, in my opinion, for the most fashion forward city in all the land to showcase some of the most talented, exciting and pioneering designers and their collections to the rest of the world – And boy did we deliver! As with my NYFW post, here are my personal highlights from the week that brought back the 90s, made Goths sexy again, proved that prints are here to stay and placed Harry Styles front row at Burberry, bloody amazing!…xo

Electrical tape, nuts and bolts and err, pretty feminine bows. Nobody does eclectic quite like Christopher Kane who was most definitely channelling Frankenstein at his SS13 show this week. Considering the boyish touches, the colour palette was mainly whites with dusky pinks and lemony yellows making an appearance on lightly embellished dresses, transparent overlays and leather biker jackets which were embossed with quilted rose prints and detailing. Mr. Kane always manages to add a little crazy to his work and I particularly love the use of sticky tape, achievable for anyone willing to ‘ruin’ an outfit… I'm speed walking to WH Smith right now.

Marios Schwab took on every look from tribal to goth to nature and bumblebees for his SS13 collection this week, and he won! Sheer blouses and pleated dresses were given a tough edge with bold chains whilst leather harnesses (this is starting to sound like Fifty Shades...) and strips of raffia were worn over skintight cycling shorts that sparkled with Swarovski crystals. An iconic honeycomb print featured on some knits as well as tulle skirts and along with several floaty dresses, helped soften the otherwise dark palette, confirming that Marios is still up there as one of the most versatile and challenging designers of our time.

The line sheet at the Henry Holland show read a little something like this: “The House of Holland girl has
developed an attitude problem. Inspirations: grunge, glamour and glory; the 90s–fashion’s forgotten decade.” There is no denying I dig this right here! I’ve seriously been fighting the urge to throw bleach over my jeans, cut my tops in half, dig out my jelly shoes and dip dye everything I find! HoH delivered a genuinely true accolade to my fave decade past (to be fair the only one I actually remember) and I love that everything was as bold, brassy, clashing and mismatched as I knew it to be! If it wasn’t amazing enough, the soundtrack included the incredibly cool “Groove Is In the Heart”by Dee-Lite – Stop. It!

Garden gnomes upon a fairytale garden setting, nothing expresses Mulberry's quintessentially English ethos better! I loved the attention to detail this year with tiny, unique flowers decorated around the branches of the iconic Mulberry tree and a cutesy gecko print which was present on many a piece of the collection, including on the classic handbags. There was a sexy, slouchy, natural feel to the pieces which gave a nod to the effortless style of the 60s, all whilst showing off the innovative, inspiring yet classic fashion Mulberry are so well known for. Creative Director Emma Hill is an amazing story teller (giant ice creams on Brighton Pier for SS12 and ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ for AW12) and as random as this may sound, I'd quite like to have her read me a bed time story, this is all.


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