Fresh from LFW, here’s StyleNest’s London Fashion Week Show Roundup for Spring Summer 2013.
The spotlight has been shining on London over the past week as some of the world’s most exciting, influential and renowned fashion designers showcased their SS13 collections at London Fashion Week.
From British homegrown talent like Christopher Kane to London honouree Mary Katrantzou , as well as iconic British fashion houses such as Burberry; London’s fashion crown has never been more prominent.
StyleNest have been in the thick of it, traipsing the cobbles of LFW basecamp Somerset House, hotfooting it over to the Topshop Showspace in Bedford Square and catching a show or two in an derelict NCP car park, to bring you the trends, looks and designers you’ll be wearing next spring.
London Fashion Week SS13 kicked off last Friday 14 September, and Day 1 certainly did not disappoint.
One-to-watch, Bora Aksu was one of our first shows of the week and eased us in to what was to become one of LFW’s biggest trends – blue. The finest cornflower blue chiffon was juxtaposed with structured, silver collars, whilst a shock of Royal blue contrasted against ladylike cream slips. Pops of orange, red and yellow frocks kept the collection interesting and close to what Aksu is known for – his colour combinations, whilst the whole look was dressed up with dishevelled beehives and woven crowns. Ethereal and delicate, nostalgic yet somehow modern, Aksu is definitely one to watch.
The importance of colour was a thread that ran throughout many a show, favouring strong colour blocks and clashes over AW12’s affinity for busy, bold print. Jonathan Saunders was a prime example. The ladylike, retro structured prints that ran through his previous collections were traded in for modern metallic stripes, subtle scallops and masculine matchy-matchy tops and pant combos. Minty greens, pale blues, vibrant reds and brilliant bright white were all apparent in an offbeat collection of stunning cocktails dresses.
Although print seemed somewhat paired down this season, it was still apparent and reminded us that British fashion does it so well. You can always count on the Masters of Print Erdem, Mary Katrantzou and Louise Gray to bring a smile to the catwalk.
Erdem’s usual art inspired floral prints were given a sexier edge with flashes of snakeskin, lace and crochet. His usual demure 50s silhouette has been traded in for a braver, slimmer line in the form of pencil skirts and a raised hemline. The prettiest floral embellishments, saccharine shades kept the collection true to the Erdem DNA, whilst we fell in love with the printed silk jackets nonchalantly slung over the models’ shoulders.
More playful prints came from Scottish designer Louise Gray who showcased everything from lilac polka dots to monochrome Aztec prints, and everything else in between. Whilst StyleNest favourite, Mary Katrantzou spoiled us with her usual surrealist style, this time money, postage stamps and tropical birds all made an appearance, making us dream of far and foreign lands.
The hottest LFW tickets were of course for some of London’s most exciting and emerging designers. Christopher Kane, Richard Nicholl and Marios Schwab all of the Central Saint Martins ilk, have earned their catwalk crowns and this season showed established, refined collections with complete conviction.
Giants of British fashion, Burberry, Mulberry and high street behemoth Topshop also showed in the capital. Burberry Prorsum’s model role call included Cara Delivigne and Jourdan Dunn, whilst the front row sat everyone from Dita Von Teese to Sam Cam. The clothes were even more impressive and comprised the usual suspects – some classic dresses and ultimate trenches – but this season modernized in a rainbow palette of pinks, greens, orange, blues and purples. Plastic and foil metallics updated the look, making it feel fresher but still true to what Burberry does best.
Mulberry’s collection (always hotly anticipated) was a clash of fabrics from buttery yellow leather to shimmering gold metalics, white wool cocoon coats to peppermint lace – a massive departure to last season’s woodland theme but a welcomed and impressive one.
To sum up London Fashion Week, the mood felt somewhat more fun, playful but executed with modern, grown up elegance. There was a departure from the masculine silhouettes that have dominated previous seasons and a move towards a ladylike, simple shape. Of course there were trends, most notably monochrome, blue in every shade and sports (it seems the Olympics has had a lasting effect) but the overall feature was wearability. In these austere times, wearability and pracicailty is a must but it’s also important for fashion to bring a smile to your face or brighten up your day be it from a pop of colour or a beautiful embellishment. SS13 did just that.