Runway Rundown: London Fashion Week S/S ’15

Fashion week has jumped over the pond and arrived in London, a hotspot for both up and coming talent and classic style. From punk to posh London has it all, but what were the must-see shows from the lot? We’ve got all that covered for you right here.

Christopher Kane

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This season Christopher Kane looked back at his school days (minus the awkward stages, thankfully). He revisited ideas his younger self once played with and constructed them into the major motifs of this collection. The largest of these experiments was his rope work. It slinked down and crawled across dresses but it was also built into jackets, skirts and matching sets that playfully mimicked a classic tweed. While rope may be a bit binding, Kane’s other major motif was anything but. He worked with tulle — sometimes explosively. It came bursting out of dresses, shirts and more. But it also came gently cascading down a series of more refined pieces. While this was perhaps one of the more muted of Kane’s recent collections, it certainly wasn’t quiet. Luckily for us all, there was still plenty of Kane’s signature whimsy to go around.

Temperley London

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Alice Temperley struck out on a new path for spring. Gone were the dainty evening dresses and instead the collection was filled with pants, suits, and more menswear inspired fare.The clothes had a wonderfully relaxed feel, like the light swinging coats and just slouchy enough pants (comfortable chic? what a concept). But they were still feminine, take a look at the neckline on that plaid jumpsuit (va va voom much?), or even the bubblegum pink short suit. The best pieces however might have been the floating sheer undercoats, they were a perfect touch for the more tailored ensembles and are outerwear we can actually imagine wearing during the warm months (summer and sweaters are two things that shouldn’t go together). While Temperley has long been a label for the ladies of london this collection has a lot to offer anyone, and maybe give those loyal ladies some extra cool factor.

Mary Katrantzou

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Mary Katrantzou is another designer who’s made a departure from the usual with her latest collection (I think we’re seeing a trend here). Katrantzou is known for her digital prints, she manipulates everyday objects to create striking motifs for her modern frocks. But this season she looked back upon a time far beyond the digital age — before anything actually. Katrantzou thought of a world still totally oceanic and the sea life that inhabited it. She transformed this inspiration into some amazingly textured pieces any woman of today would love. The looks were all incredibly detailed, there were dresses with twisted figures resembling creatures of the deep, others were scaled, and some featured vibrant coral-esque embroideries that engulfed some simple spring minis. This new outlook worked incredibly well for the young British designer, and this collection will undoubtedly have the fashion set clamoring to go under the sea with their spring style.

Burberry Prorsum

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Christopher Bailey has created a Burberry built around contrasts. It’s a brand based off of classics — nothing’s more classically British than the trench after all (well, besides the Queen). But it’s also incredibly modern with its runways live streamed, live-tweeted, and even sold online as the looks walk down the runway. Today Bailey created a new duality, this time between all things delicate and hard. His delicate works ranged from ruched and tiered tulle dresses, pieces covered in dangling paillettes, and even small details like the feathered peplums on jackets or the tulle he tied around several coats. For the harder side of things he built incredibly structured jackets, sometimes super cropped and other times with firmly accented hips, as well as rigid coats. For the show’s finale a rainbow of hand-painted almost bohemian trenches walked the runway, only further the collection’s work with contrast.

London Fashion Week is a quick one, it’s practically over before the London Eye can make a full spin. And while the week may be short, that doesn’t mean it’s short on fashion. From the undeniably cool collections from the up and comers to the solid showings from London’s fashion royalty, there was plenty to love. Surprisingly, the relaxed dressing trend has crossed the pond, with sneakers showing up on even the poshest runways like Temperley and Burberry. This is making out to be spring’s biggest trend, and from the looks of it you’ll have no shortage of options. But now that London has come and gone the fashion set is off to Milan, where fashion with that Italian flare is always the rage. We’ll have everything you need to know from Milan as soon as the catwalk’s clear, ciao for now!

 

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