GoodBye London Fashion Week
Following on from New York fashion Week, London came a calling and delivered many stylish treats for SS15.
Two weeks ago, London's famous faces and most fashionable individuals found themselves at the front row for London Fashion Week. To Christopher Kane, Shrimp, Erdem and Henry Holland; to faux fur, 70's styling and masculine shoes, LFW offered up many memorable tips and trends for Spring/Summer 15.
London brought more of a fun and unique feel alongside the impeccable designs and interesting textures and shapes. Across four days, the runway showcased different trends as designers played with colour and design to keep on lookers guessing. Both runways shows and presentations provided the “who's who” of fashion with great designs in great settings. However one of the most notable features of LFW was the day-to-day practicality across many of the designs that allowed onlookers to visualise themselves wearing more of the creations as daywear and not just formalwear that can only be worn on glitzy Oscar nights. Cue Marchesa who were inspired by Pienese for SS15. There was a real sense of less is more for the summer, with cleaner silhouettes and focus on tailoring and fit.
So what did LFW tell us about Spring/Summer 15? Unlike this year lace and leather will be big, particularly with leather accessories. One of the biggest “must have” moments happened when J.W Anderson included hats into his runway collection for the first time. The Giant Sun hat got the masses buzzing with its oversized scale and leatherette finish.
For feminine clothing with masculine touches then you were spoilt for choice, with Giles Deacon, Erdem and Eudon Choi demonstrating how to achieve this look. If you are in love with nautical, then keep an eye out for roping designs on dresses as featured at Christopher Kane, Preen by Thrton Bregazzi and J.W Anderson.
A well as pastel and soft colours still remaining a summer favourite, we also saw a love fore green, with mossy, earthy shades being used at Burberry. Yet as usual there was room for strong prints on the catwalk at Henry Holland, Jonathan Saunders and faux fur brand Shrimp, with the latter also being a summer staple. The 70's was the decade of inspiration for some of the prints but more so for the glamour.
Queen of the high street Topshop Unique was back again and showed that hemlines would rise next year with the A-line skirt taking over from the previously dominating midi. Rah-rah shorts and ruffles shorts were seen as the emphasis and was all about showing some leg.Yet my favourite feature of fashion week was the obsession with the flats; comfort over style ruled as flat shoes were paired with long dresses and floor-length skirts. Gile Deacon proved master of this laid back styling, pairing masculine flats with his beautiful array of dresses and skirts that again emphasised a semi-effort attitude. A very modern, casual approach to formalwear.
Author: Yasmina McNabb