24 Sep Highlights from LFW SS16
Fashion Week arrived a week ago in London. The city that is known for its diverse fashion culture, and unlike the other cities when fashion comes to London no one can expect anything.
Versus Versace hit London for the very first time, and they weren’t going to have a quiet entrance. The collection was showcased on a über white glossy runway, the Versace symbol projected into every corner and an enviable front row from Christopher Kane to FKA Twigs attending the show. The collection, designed by Anthony Vaccarello, was aimed at the younger more rebellious side of the famous brand. The all star model line up, including Binx Walton, Malaika Firth, Lily Donaldson and Erin Wasson, were clothed in cracked leather jackets, mini skirts, floral denim trophy jackets and slashed long dresses.
Christopher Kane’s “crash and repair” SS16 collection was inspired by the pain that you can go through when losing someone close to you. Christopher and Tammy (his extremely talented sister and business partner) put their emotion of the death of their mother through the making of this collection. Kane had used car paint and sprayed it onto the fabric, white leather had iridescent swirls upon it, lace had the classic patchwork stitched upon it in a fragmented pattern and fringes swept across short dresses and the sides of trousers. Kane used colourful plastic cable-ties around the necks, wrists and hair as a metaphor of a troubled mind.
Christopher Bailey has once again done it again for Burberry. Will we ever see a mediocre collection from him? Probably not! The collection combined the old with the new and fused the summer with the autumn. Heavy outerwear like pea coats, the iconic trench coat and capes were worn on top of light, silky layers. Bailey used A LOT of lace, from guipere lace, fine English lace to macramé lace in colours from black and white to pea-green. Short lace dresses had daises embroidered upon it and voile shifts had polka dots printed throughout. Christopher seemed to have borrowed the more Brit side when it came to the accessories. The models wore black chunky flats with gold chains attached, and large nylon backpacks draped on their backs. The collection was a knock-out, and the front row was just as good with Benedict Cumberbatch, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, to name a few, watching the jaw-dropping very British masterpiece being unfolded.
Photo by Shaun James Cox. Courtesy of British Fashion Council