No less than 82 designers have birthed some bouncing baby fashion collections down London’s runways this week. This being the big smoke, that means not only major industry names like Burberry and Christopher Kane, but affordable designs from high street leaders Topshop and Whistles, and presentations from numerous exciting upstarts like Shrimps (think Monster Munch reimagined as fur coats) and Toga (heavy-duty buckle boots beloved of boutique trotting fashion editors). But as we all start to reconcile ourselves to the start of autumn, what did LFW have to say about spring? Here’s what we have to show for a week chasing fashion around town.
1. Supermarkets are HOT
Thought your local Tesco was a necessary evil rather than a nod to cutting edge fashion? Wrong! After Chanel’s incredible Supermarche in February, Mac followed suit at its Miles Aldridge party with Dazed. Glam drag queens pushed each other in trolleys, and stocked up on faux washing powder in Mac colours. Le sweep, c’est chic!
2. Bags are DAFT
Amongst attendees, the look of the season was a mannish outfit, coupled with a ludicrous bag. Trying to emulate the look? Wear your coolest, most sleek outfit, and then grab the family pet on the way out.
Sophie Turner at the Topshop Unique SS15 show, London (9/14/14) pic.twitter.com/47ZLvltqLJ
— Game of Photos (@gamofphoto) September 15, 2014
3. Even the Seven Kingdoms love London Fashion
Sansa Stark at Topshop, Brienne of Tarr at House of Holland: it was like the kingdom of Westeros on the front row this year. We longed for Khaleesi to march on Somerset House, but alas, no sign of the mother of dragons at the SS15 shows. Imagine the effect of some flames on that sports luxe nylon though. Boom!
4. Christopher Kane is a genius
He’s the most exciting name in British fashion at the moment, and his clever, ladylike, utterly lovely catwalk show was the one most unanimously feted by fashion critics. The collection was dedicated to Louise Wilson, who died earlier this year – and had a big influence on the designer while at Central Saint Martins. It was also inspired by Kane’s school uniform – we have no idea where he went to school, but it wasn’t anywhere near us.
5. The hottest spring trend? Faux fur
Proof that fashion is bonkers comes with the news that several designers focussed on lovely, fluffy faux fur for their spring collections. Happily, you don’t need to swelter under a jumbo Pat Butcher coat when the sun comes out – accessories will suffice, as seen at the Shrimps presentation. Or a tactile, Fragglish trim on a purdy dress – as seen at Simone Rocha.
6. Animal prints are IN
Not leopard spots, but actual prints of whole animals. Giles Deacon had entire tigers, Issa had horses’ legs, and Burberry moved on from owls (seen last autumn) to Bees.
7. Nipples are OUT
Yep, there’s nothing like a cool spring breeze on your naked nipples. Sheer fabrics with nary a scrap of a bra were popular on many catwalks. Thank goodness for Tom Ford, who took the reverse approach and covered the nipple, but exposed the breast. In short – nipples are big for spring.
8. 2015 will be the summer of love. Again
Lots of designers had love for the ’70s – notably Peter Pilotto and House of Holland. Get ready to embrace full-on flower power and wardrobe psychedelia.
9. But we won’t be getting high…
At least, not in the shoe department. Flats were absolutely everywhere – so hang on to the geeky scientists’ sandals you bought this summer. Even Burberry teamed its frothy frocks with brightly coloured trainers. Been listening to Lily Allen’s first album, have we Mr Bailey?
10. It’s a YES from Dame Viv
Vivienne Westwood surprised no-one by using the catwalk as a platform for her latest political cause as well as her latest troupe of frocks. This month, she’s championing Scottish independence. Her models’ IT accessory? A Yes badge, of course.
12. Richard Nicoll will make you want to be a Disney princess all over again
– thanks to THIS DRESS inspired by Tinkerbell, and created in collaboration with Disney. Absolutely magic.
— ZOE LONDON (@zoelondondj) September 16, 2014
13. Fashion is dangerous
As discovered by the builder who crashed through the glass roof of the Topshop venue in King’s Cross just as the Fashion East show geared into action. The unfortunate chap was apparently peering through the glass on his lunch break – and toppled into the venue. Although he escaped serious injury, it appears he has learned the hard way what happens to those who try to get into London Fashion Week without a ticket.