London is the most exciting of the fashion weeks for me, the shows so much fun and so much more individual- typical of this buzzing city. Browsing all these magical shows just allows my jealousy to grow and grow for all those in London lapping up this great fashion week atmosphere- and above all the shows.
Only in London could we see romance, sumptuous curves, grunge lingerie and demonic fairy princesses tearing up the catwalks and this is why I love it so very much! My pick of the latest shows from yesterday and today are shown below (see more at Vogue.com) where we can see some hot trends emerging (hello there neon!) as well as some great beauty trends (glam-rock glitter spheres round eyes).
At Peter Pilotto the look was classic but quirky. Beautiful dresses in beautiful prints and beautiful colours. Navy and blues featured heavily as is typical of summer but with flashes of those exotic prints that Pilotto is famed for.
One of my favourite designers at the moment is MeadhamKirchoff moving away from clichés with shows that are always a girly with a dark twist. Here we have a sinister fairytale with a pretty backdrop and clashing brights. Yellow featured here, my tip for a hot colour for the season.
Mark Fast, as ever, championed the sexy and womanly figure clothing women with killer bodies in form fitting monochrome dresses with rips and sheer panelling along withe more daring dresses in cobweb knits with bright accents.
The inspiration for this show was the film Transylvania and judging by hair and make-up the look was heavily based on icon du jour Joan Jett. The look was very grunge with leathers (hot for A/W and carrying through to S/S- good investment!) and lingerie silks and camisoles. A key trend here was also neon which is set to be big for the season!
Holly Fulton- a graduate of ECA- is definitely one to watch. Beautiful prints pared down with simple silk t-shirts and heels is a wonderful wearable look while also being totally gorgeous! My favourite piece is the centre dress here, a lemon yellow (hot trend) shift with cloud detailing- perfect way to sum up a British summer!
Now here is the show I would have most loved to be a part of! Giles Deacon wowed viewers with an impressive line up of totally different models including Kelly Brook, Abbey Clancy, Jessica Stam and Jourdan Dunn. The look was very eclectic- flashes of neon and mad prints here and there and some beautiful nude pieces and gowns to boot. Giles embraced model's figures (see Brook's ample bust in this little patterned dress) as well as peppering his shows with the tongue-in-cheek fun that he is loved for (pompom hats and pacman prints).
So he gained huge promotion when both Cheryl and Beyoncé rocked his dresses but David Koma has all this recognition for a reason- he is a great designer who's work is sculptural and exciting! He pairs the sexiness of Mark Fast's dresses with more graphic and geometric shapes for a look that is truly unique in modern monochrome (Alexander Wang championed this in NYFW- trend much?) with flashes of gold and yellow. Definitely worth the hype!
Last but not least, here is Christopher Kane's hot new collection. Lace was embossed on leather twin-sets and skirts for a totally unique look keeping with the ladylike trend for A/W. Neon brights were everywhere in a show based around basics in acid colours with great detail and styling. It is no mistake that Kane is one of the biggest stars of LFW.