Our heels are blistered, our hair is lank and our eye bags are big enough to stuff the weekly shop in – yes, we can confirm that London Fashion Week was a roaring success. This season saw big-name guests like Anna Wintour, Kate Moss and Harry Styles dominate the ‘frow’ (LFW shorthand for front row). Top designers – including Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Manolo Blahnik – showcased their designs and newer names, including Fashion East’s rising stars Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow and Ryan Lo made their mark with punchy, memorable shows.
We loved queen of the frocks Roksanda Ilincic’s citrus bright concoctions, which glided elegantly down the catwalk in London Bridge. She won hands down for best London backdrop (think the opening sequence of ‘The Apprentice’). We dig how Stella McCartney presented her collection for Adidas on well-honed sports women in pastel and floral-patterned gear – the fresh beetroot and ginger juice was a refreshing antidote to the champagne overload and Ms McCartney looked as toned and poised as her sporty models.
Elsewhere, Jonathan Saunders showed his accomplished collection at Tate Britain, alongside massive stone columns and under giant glowing orbs. It was a classy spin on the ’70s music scene, complete with suede jackets, floral frocks, western shirts, psychedelic embroidery, svelte silks and worn velvets. The music reverberated throughout the building as models, with unkempt hair and John Lennon tinted shades, walked in jewel-toned platforms or flat sandals. Other notables included JW Anderson’s beautifully structured pieces in sheer fabrics, Burberry’s sumptuous candy-coloured coats and Topshop Unique’s raucous show attended by Moss, Wintour, the Haim sisters and Arcadia CEO Philip Green. Read all about a reader’s experience of the show in next week’s issue.
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