Another Fashion Week has wrapped, and as usual, I had a really tough time choosing my 8 favourite collections. Check out these swoon-worthy looks from London Fashion Week S/S 2015 below!
The Christopher Kane S/S 2015 collection was diverse as ever. Sheer tops and dresses were adorned with what appeared to be rope-like designs in maroon, white and pale blue. Tulle was the fabric of choice for evening wear. It “exploded” – his word – out of cocktail dresses and jackets. Metal bars were likewise used as a decorative element and brilliant way to layer organza over fluid silk dresses. Sophisticated and complex – that’s Christopher Kane in a nutshell!
You may have not liked geometry class, but David Koma’s collection is guaranteed to make you rethink your take on geometry. He presented ultra chic pieces in mostly black and white, and mixed with pops of brights put in subtle geometric shapes. I loved his new eclectic take for spring especially the architectural detailing such as cut-outs, panelling, and asymmetrical hems!
I’m a fan of Erdem’s ability to merge femininity, edginess and history, and his spring collection was definitely a cut above the rest. He brought drama and a playful but mature elegance to the runway through his Edwardian-inspired lace dresses – often embroidered with palm or arched-window motifs – in black, white and in rich shades of green and yellow. It was moodier compared to his previous collections, but all the more beloved.
You might be thinking: “What? The brand that makes those rain boots?” Yup! I’ve got to give props to Creative Director Alasdhair Willis for trying to up Hunter’s fashion cred. The show began with a series of modern utilitarian looks with yellow, lavender and teal accents, teamed with heeled rubber platform shoes and the destined-to-be-cult boots or pool slides. Then it progressively became more graphic and vibrant – and surprisingly interesting when layered beneath semi-translucent rain jackets! Not to mention, there was an amazing film installation to accompany the collection. Now that’s a show!
Julien Macdonald’s spring collection was all about his signature high-wattage glitz and glamour. He showcased elongated silhouettes with mature embroidery and ruffles in beautiful shades of blue. Everything was intricate and well thought out, especially his finale dress. Covered with real diamonds and pearls, it was reportedly over $6 million dollars (spell w-o-w). With Macdonald’s exceptional gowns and embellished styles, it’s no wonder that he’s the go-to designer of A-list celebs.
Boxy crop tops, relaxed trousers and mini skirts took centre stage at JW Anderson. Sounds boring eh? Certainly not! The unfinished folds, bundled rope ties, curved necklines, contrast piping, pussy-bow-meets-neck-tie, and oversized sunhats in black leather added elements of unexpectedness to the looks – it’s all in the details!
Tailoring got a fashion week refresh at Marios Schwab. Tone-on-tone trench coats, jackets, pencil skirts and trousers were superbly engineered with open inseams, three-tiered layers, thigh-high slits and angular cut-outs. Mid-way, monotones were pigmented and fabrics became innovative. Although Schwab is no longer a hot new designer, he continues to create pieces which are intriguing in their own way. Bravo!
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Designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi stayed true to their creative roots by presenting stylish daywear and cocktail pieces with a bit of a sporty edge (apparently, fashion’s love affair with sportswear is showing no signs of waning). There was an abundance of Breton stripes, graphic wrap dresses, striped tracksuits, new renditions of cricket jumpers and colourful zips and other trimmings. The collection wasn’t entirely cohesive, but there were a lot of pieces that I’ve never seen before.
Image credit: NYTimes, Style & Vogue; original article published in Tongue in Chic.