Friday, 22 February 2013
The best of London Fashion Week
Unique nearly always manages to make it's way into my top collections, purely because I think the style is usually really wearable and not too over the top like many designs. This season, Unique chose to stick to mainly simple silhouettes and let the mixture of textures do the talking. A couple of prints were included like the arty floral print and an intarsia knit, with a splash of sparkle here and there. My favourite part of the collection was the pastel pink shades combined with mongolian fur thrown over the shoulder, definitely not a look for the faint-hearted (or messy!). I also really loved the use of patent leathers which really brightened the collection and added a punk vibe. I think the most impressive items were the coats - large oversized motorcycle coats with leather and fur and long tailored coats in blushes of pink and orange. I'd have it all in a heartbeat!
Burberry Prorsum is usually the most hyped and talked about show of the season and I don't tend to fall into it's trap. However, this season I was well and truly caught. The collection is called 'Trench Kisses' which took an ultra-feminine and kinky take on the classic style. Sheer latex was a pivotal point within the collection, featuring on the arms of trench coats, tight midi skirts and vest tops. The heart print was a definite favourite detail of mine, featured on knicker shorts underneath latex skirts and cute long-sleeved blouses. Towards the end of the show the big guns were brought out, in the form of Cara Delevigne and Jourdan Dunn wearing dresses which were to die for. If I had to pick between the two (well if I had the figure of either of them!) I'd pick the white and gold studded midi dress worn by Jourdan. I love how well the tailored shape fits the body and the simple silhouette is complimented by the detail of the embellihsment on top.
When I first watched the Giles show, I have to admit I was quite scared by the first look of the haunting model in the floor-length dress. However, as the collection continued I fell more and more in love! The collection had a very traditional feel to it but had been given a very modern twist. The traditional elements could be seen through the gold baroque laser-cut leather and the long silk dresses which featured in the most beautiful artistic prints. Then, a huge knitted beanie hat was just plonked on top, I absolutely love it! I actually really want one of the oversized beanies, however I'm not so sure I could pull off wearing it with an evening gown but I'll give it a go! I also loved the fuschia and lavendar oversized animal print which featured on structured mini dresses and cocoon shaped coats. You don't often see these prints used in Autumn/ Winter collections so if this is what's ahead, I can't wait!
I usually find Roksanda Ilincic's collections absolutely amazing but more to the taste of an older lady, who has a more tradtional and domestic style. However, I was actually really impressed how youthful this collection was and surprised myself by picking out many items I would buy myself. I loved the predominant use of pink within the collection, I'm a sucker for light pastel shades so this suited me well. I find this a really unexpected shade to be used within an Autumn/ Winter collection and I love it. My favourite look is the oversized pink blush coat paired with the grey tartan print skirt. This is not an outfit I could ever wear due to my incredibly short limbs but it looks so sweet and elegant on the model. Another favourite is the pink PVC midi skirt with the silk pink t-shirt, such a simple and feminine look but still really modern and youthful.
So there you have it, my round up of my favourite looks from London Fashion Week, and what a week it has been! What were your favourite shows of the season?