“London Fashion Week offered a great range of chic and trendy styles, highlighting the best of British.”
London Fashion Week (LFW) is one of the fashion highlights of the year, and with the Autumn/Winter 2014 season on its way, all eyes were on the newest trends and designer collections.
Set at Somerset House over the course of 5 days, London Fashion Week presented the best of British designers and fashion houses.
With shows from Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label and Matthew Williamson to Whistles and Topshop Unique, designers showcased their take on Autumn/Winter 2014.
London Fashion Week is well known for its unconventional quirky ways, and compared to other fashion weeks, London offers an innovative savvy perspective on fashion. DESIblitz has all the highlights of the grand week-long event.
Opening the event was J JS Lee, with a block coloured palette and structured cuts; Jackie Lee’s chic, minimalist and modernist tailoring set the standards high for the entire week.
Showcasing simple designs with subtle prints and a range of autumnal shades such as forest green and natural colours this show screamed autumn at its best and definitely didn’t disappoint.
Regular designer at London Fashion Week, Jean Pierre Braganza’s designs consisted of slouched, oversized manly structured clothing, with a touch of leather and Victorian painted prints.
The Victorian theme ran on at Bora Aksu with Victorian high necks and cuts, in yellow, navy and maroon shades. Daks collection had a very British/Russian military vibe with bearskin caps and Russian army hats.
Eudon Choi was another great highlight from Day 1, with furs, tartan and pangs of burnt orange tiger print – this Korean born designer’s masculine yet feminine signature style was clear cut.
Other designers of the day included; Amanda Wakeley, Fyodor Golan, FELDER FELDER, Mark Fast, Christopher Raeburn, Haizhen Wang, Nasir Mazhar, Todd Lynn, PPQ and Central Saint Martins MA.
Emilia Wickstead caused uproar at London Fashion Week and had probably one of the best collections throughout the week.
Her Autumn/Winter collection was full of her signature well-cut dresses, and also included lots of florals, an array of colours from mustard yellow to whites and blacks, and the perfect set of gold shoes.
John Rocha was another favourite on Day 2. Taking creativeness to a new level with show-stopping organza frills and ruffles and specks of floral, his palette stuck with the autumn theme.
Sibling’s delightful knitwear and summer hats brighten up the dreary weather of London. Long crochet dresses and bikinis with pops of bright colours such as; oranges, pinks and blues.
Other designers of the day included; Jasper Conran, Orla Kiely, Emilio de la Morena, Holly Fulton, Markus Lupfer, Antipodium, 1205, J. W. Anderson, Lucas Nascimento, Joseph, Hunter Original, Belstaff, House of Holland and Julien Macdonald.
Topshop Unique is always one of the most exciting shows of London Fashion Week. Emma Farrow, the designer of Topshop Unique also announced the brand’s prices will be rising. The raised prices can truly be seen on the catwalk with every item oozing luxury.
Temperley London showcased loads of prints, in particular paisley, paired with other prints they clashed perfectly, and neck scarves were big in their collection from gowns to smart wear.
Maria Schwab’s collection was clean cut with dark and pastel tones. From floor length dresses to bomber jackets, this entire collection was sophisticated, chic and laid back.
Other designers of the day included; Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Pringle of Scotland, Margaret Howell, Sophia Webster, Richard Nicoll, Nicole Farhi, Mulberry, Toga, Ryan Lo, Paul Smith, Palmer//Harding, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Mary Katrantzou, Matthew Williamson and Jonathan Saunders.
Christopher Kane manages to change each collection considerably from season to season. This collection was bursting with a Chinese oriental feel, cuts were sharp, patterns sharp and gold belts were seen everywhere.
Whistles stuck by their signature luxury refined style, with slouched jumpers to sleek dresses, their colour palette was quite neutral with a pop of lilac.
Burberry is always a breath of fresh air, daring to break away from the norm, they’ve used possibly every print. Shearling and classical macs had a splash of autumn painted on to them, dresses, scarves and coats all flowed nicely, and belting them together seemed to be the trend.
Other designers of the day included; Ashish, TOM FORD, GILES, Michael van der Ham, Peter Pilotto, Mother of Pearl, David Koma, Erdem, Issa, Roksanda Ilincic, Huishan Zhang and Antonio Berardi.
Although fewer shows take place and most people have probably left for Milan Fashion Week, the final day of London Fashion Week is a time for rising stars to showcase their talents.
Barbara Casasola, a Brazilian born designer her collection was on par with the rest of the designers in London Fashion Week. Structured, elegant, her show had an 80’s smart wear feel, her colour palette ranged from different shades of purple to greys, whites and blacks.
Zoë Jordan is another designer to keep your eye on, her collection was small, but quirky and unique. Her collection had a sporty racer feel to it, with leather and smart structured suits being the focus.
Other designers of the day included; Marques’Almeida, Anya Hindmarch, Simone Rocha, OSMAN, Fashion East, Tata-Naka, Barbara Casasola, KTZ, Meadham Kirchhoff and SIMONGAO.
London Fashion Week offered a great range of urban, chic and trendy styles, highlighting the best of British. It is one of the ‘big four’ events in the fashion world alongside Paris, Milan and New York fashion weeks.
The British fashion industry contributes £26 billion pounds to the British economy, and London Fashion Week is no exception in representing the global recognition of British designers and their incredible creativity.