London Fashion Weekend

As always London Fashion Weeks ends with London’s biggest pop up – London Fashion Weekend.

This year London Fashion Weekend relocated to the Saatchi Gallery, the largest free-entry contemporary art gallery in the world, which transformed into fashion’s fantasy department store with hundreds of designers offering the best of UK and international designs.

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During the day we were invited to watch two fashion shows.

House of Holland:

‘Playful. Bold. Arresting. Graphic. Colourful.’ Henry Holland is describing his fashion designs. He is showcasing his AW15 collection at London Fashion Weekend. His clothes – often loaded with bright colours, pattern and texture such a faux fur – are synonymous with fun. ‘I try to make clothes that make people feel a certain way and bring a smile to their face’ he says. ‘My clothes instill confidence passion and joy.’

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Trend Show:

This show runs through four need-to-know AW15 trends with specially curated looks from top designer and high street brands.

  1. Into the wild: One of fashion’s favourite prints took centre stage once again for AW15 as leopard, cheetah, snake and zebra prints stalk the runway. The overall look is bold and arresting take on daywear. Dip your toe into the trend and work animal print accessories with a classic monochrome outfit or go bold and do a print clash with floral or stripes.
  2. Punk Rock: Fashion’s inner wild child is unleashed this season, with Vivienne Westwood, McQueen and Saint Laurent all experimenting with punk styling. Safety pins, leather, bold tartan and black velvet more than nod to the look. Take on the trend with shoes or accessories for just a hint of punk attitude in your everyday wardrobe.
  3. Super Retro: The 70’s and all things retro is back in a big way for A/W and we can’t get enough. Flower power blooms with mesmerising psychedelic prints, and mustard and powder blue shades took us right back to the stylish decade courtesy of looks by Burberry, Chloe etc.
  4. Masala Tones: Perfect for the change in season; the paprika, plum and burgundy tones give timeless accessories and biker jackets an autumnal touch of cool and berry lips complement the trend. Work red tones in head-to-toe pieces for a dramatic evening look, or update your wardrobe with a key pieces and make masala the exclamation point to a colour block outfit.

After the shows we explored the different pop-ups. Having worked with Blake Ldn at last years London Fashion Weekend it was only right to head there first. If you are ever in need of cosy, warm and chunky knits then this is where you need to go. Not far away you will also find Marina London – the most elegant silk designer who makes beautiful, everyday essentials that are classic and simple – I couldn’t resist.

To finish the day we ended up at the Gallery Mess for a traditional afternoon tea of scones, cakes and macaroons before saying our goodbyes and heading home.

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Spring/Summer 2015 Whistles

WHAT better way to cement your reputation as the working woman’s go-to brand than to stage your spring/summer 2015 fashion show in an entrance tunnel to Kings Cross tube station? The novel idea came from Whistles, who in doing so cleverly took their customer off the catwalk and put her into context: on-the-go and always looking good. The tight edit of sleeveless jumpsuits, cutout dresses, tactile knits and statement jackets in a limited colour palette of white, black, peach and the palest of blue all emanated the brand’s progressive-but-pared-back mix and will no doubt fly off the shelves when they hit the shop floor next year. A very stylish commute beckons.

 

 


Spring/Summer 2015 Pringle of Scotland

Massimo Nicosia wanted to incorporate plenty of Pringle of Scotland’s almost 200-year history into his Spring ’15 collection. He did it in a very contemporary, perhaps even futuristic way, continuing his experiments in 3-D printing, a technique he first employed (to much acclaim) for Fall. This time around, Nicosia created a nylon-powder chain mail. Assembled with panels of woven cotton and silk, it was used for airy, funky tops and a dress. “I wanted to combine the artificial and the natural,” Nicosia said of the 3-D printed looks. However, the high-tech textile wasn’t the designer’s only forward-thinking interpretation of Pringle’s signature knitwear. 

Leather embellishments on a diaphanous white dress mimicked a cardigan stitch—the tactile effect was slick, and it made more than a few of the audience to do a double take during its trip down the runway. Similarly, traditional pullovers were completely reimagined; in one instance, loosely woven threads were trapped inside a mesh casing. In another, fil coupe fragments in watery hues of green and violet were patched onto a roomy organdy jumper.

Water was a primary point of reference for Nicosia this season. Using Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais and Pablo Picasso’s The Bathers as inspiration, he attempted to translate its lightness, transparency, and reflective properties into fabric. This resulted in a number of sheer silk tops with woven collars and sleeves. A few of them were covered in translucent turquoise triangles that protruded from the chest—they were meant to act as prisms. Elsewhere, silver beads were used sparingly on a honeycomb knit dress to provide just a hint of shimmer. That piece stood out for its serene simplicity.

Returning to Pringle’s heritage, Nicosia played with the idea of lingerie (the house manufactured undergarments back in the day), and turned out hyper-thin silk knit tanks and bodysuits. Pleated and leather-trimmed skirts felt a little stiff and lacked the liquidity of Nicosia’s refreshing dresses and tops, but on the whole, the designer produced an innovative—and versatile—Spring lineup that will appeal to loyal Pringle customers and beyond.

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Spring/Summer 2015 Marc Jacobs

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A BUBBLE GUM pink suburban house sits on pink gravel in the Park Lane Armoury. The audience are seated on banks of shagpile pink carpeted benches and each given a pair of Beats by Dr Dre headphones to wear for the show. Through the headphones a disembodied voice intones instructions: “Bring out the crooked smile and the backpack”; “Go into the house and take a shower”.

Is he talking to the Marc Jacobs army parading around the exterior of the house in military serge with their mandarin-collared jackets and oversized buttons? Is he controlling the girls with their shaggy black bobs and their satin-belted army style? Who is he?

Fashion shows as theatre is something Jacobs is a master of and possibly it distracts from seeing the clothes for what they are. Certainly some of the details like the huge resin buttons, the macramé lace inserts, the rich luxury of the wool and linen were of the highest quality. It didn’t look much like a spring/summer collection but the glitter-strapped sliders will no doubt be on everyone’s wish list any day now.

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