After six years at Somerset House, the long-awaited London Fashion Week has been moved to Brewer Street Car Park in Soho. Well-designed by David Collins Studio, the showrooms have showcased over 150 designers in 4 days, ranging from the rich variety of ready-to-wear, footwear, bags and accessories that are brainchildren of many creative artists. Successfully attracting designers from Taiwan, Egypt, to London, the global-scale pull is undeniably strong with this one. Stay tuned to #LFW SS17!
Designers have gone back in time with their Spring collections this year. Seemingly inspired by the 16th century, we saw JW Anderson’s slashed Tudor sleeves and silk pleated blouse-bombers that were cleverly tailored so as to remain vibrantly energetic and cool.
Another take on the past was Simone Rocha’s recall of her Irish homeland, grounding innocent lacy dresses you’d wear to Sunday church with rubber boots and gloves. Intricate craftsmanship leaving us all envious, the magical dreamscape nudges our realities…
Now let’s talk Sophia Webster’s cheerfully colorful birds-of-paradise tailored heels, Mary Katrantzou’s bright Greek geometric prints, Burberry’s luxuriously flamboyant military clothes and Erdem’s hauntingly beautiful nautical themed collection (phew that was a mouthful!). Did I say talk? I mean see. I mean, pictures say a thousand words, no? With concepts derived from movies like Dreamgirls and The Birds, one’s roots, or from Queen Elizabeth to Charles of England whose first of their names, one can truly see how these creative minds gave them new life in today’s day and age.
Revisiting childhood days can bring up plenty of things. For Kane, anywhere from World War II’s war victims evacuating their homes as they abandoned everything, to an era of make-do-and-mend, fur coats and silvery leopard brocades were paired with crystals and semiprecious stones picked out as dangly jewelry. As for Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, the Spanish Baroque influence they picked up from their recent vacations to Peru and Colombia can be seen in the dresses and draped taffeta!Sophia Webster, Mary Katrantzou, Burberry & Erdem
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