26 Feb London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
The roller coaster of London Fashion Week finally came to a halt, and made it’s way to Milan. London Fashion Week is unlike all the other cities, due to the large diversity of designers that unravel their collections. The variety upon the runway compared to New York was large, however at the risk of sounding like a never stopping broken record, some of the same trends reemerged.
The 70’s continued across the Atlantic with the ever widening bottom of our trousers, yes the flares are back! They were seen multiple times from Topshop Unique to Amanda Wakeley, in velvet to completely see through. Tiered skirts, patchwork, smock styled dresses and layered clothing are back, within the likes of Burberry, Matthew Williamson and Temperley London.
Gather all your fur, and it’s trimmings. This season is worshipping coats, especially with a bit of fluff incorporated in it somehow. London brought back the return of shearling-trimmed coats, with designers such as Preen, Margaret Howell, Paul Smith and Topshop Unique design their versions of the classic. Others, Matthew Williamson, House of Holland and Sass And Bide, strayed to the fluffier side of fur as well as infusing daring, bright colours into either knee high coats or gilets.
The reintroduction of capes walked upon the runways in London. Whether it was the whole suede, fringed cape in Burberry Prorsum or the pure green cape in Duro Olowu, capes are making a comeback for the Fall. The designers may be presenting their Fall/ Winter looks but who says Winter must just be the combination of neutral colours with the occasional bright coat? London DEFINITELY threw that assumption out of the window quite quickly. The pinkish purple hue of Radiant Orchid may have been the colour of the Spring/ Summer collections but it wandered it’s way back to the Fall collections as well. Erdem infused purple intricate detail upon black transparent fabric, Mary Katrantzou made a complete fusion of purple and pink floral coat and Emilia Wichstead had a light pink and purple silk dress. Purple was not the only colour that contrasts the season, but yellow was also thrown in. What an antidote the yellow will be to the rainy, cold days in London later on this year. Orla Kiely had a mid thigh coat paired with geometric pattered trousers and Paul Smith had a knee high, interior fur lined coat. Last but not least, Fringes are everywhere. It was seen from Burberry’s suede fringed bags, to their patchwork patterned ponchos to Issa’s dresses where fringe sprouted out of their neck and hips to Pavane’s bottom of the tops. London, you were short but very tasteful.
To the next stop, Milan. – I
Photo by Jason Lloyd-Evans