Day four of London Fashion Week was the biggest day so far. Huge names including Burberry, McQ and Pringle of Scotland all showed… and you absolutely HAVE to check out the Giles show! Think edgy, fierce and ah-may-ZING. Oh, and don’t forget to scroll down for the full catwalk reports, courtesy of Vogue. Before you do that however, check out some of my favourites below.
From gothic to punk, sassy to sophisticated, Christopher Kane’s AW’12 collection is jarring in an exciting way – in true Christopher Kane style. Leather and bare midriffs, hooped hemlines and huge floral prints, the collection ran from rich purple, black and navy, to reds and then knee-length beaded dresses in purple, red and white with matching bags and teamed with tough shoes or ankle boots. Christopher Kane’s woman is strong and fierce but still distinctly feminine and beautiful.
Pringle of Scotland
If there’s one name that is synonymous with good, British, fashion, it’s Pringle of Scotland. This season was one of the most wearable collections I’ve seen this Fashion Week, full of sleek silhouettes shaped by asymmetric lines, and coloured in burnt oranges and browns, military greens and dove greys. The collection was made up of cigarette pants, miniskirts and the synonymous V-neck jumpers (in candy-coloured pink), with monochrome dresses and knee-length grey coats.
Bright blue, green, purple, pink and yellow? It’s got to be the super-sophisticated, feminine Erdem. This guy is one of my favourite designers, because he’s not afraid to play with floral prints – even when people say they’ve been overdone (they haven’t) – and yet continuously produces wearable, desirable and fantastical dresses. This collection involved leather that looked like tweed and plenty of the ubiquitous lace. The purple was a rich Cadbury’s shade, and is definitely set to be a trend; the skirts were tulips and the shoes were Nicholas Kirkwood – adding extra edge with perspex blocks. This collection was certainly edgier, but kept true to the unassuming Erdem that we all know and love.
Burberry is one of the most anticipated shows at Fashion Week, and it never lets down. There was emphasis on herringbone tweeds, snuggly knits, and country-living. Colours were olive, burgundy, plum, mustard and brown, with flashes of that recognisable Burberry mac fabric in the sumptuous feast of textures. Cara Delevingne ended in a rich purple quilted and belted coat, which was so luxe it was almost painful to watch. Bags were either hexagonal or Doctor’s bags, and footwear was lace-up stiletto boots. With the final part of the collection a series of striped umbrellas, rain poured down the sides of the Kensington Garden tent whilst foil rained on the crowd. For me, Burberry is one of Britain’s biggest fashion hitters, and for good reason.
The first collection of McQ by Alexander McQueen to ever reach the catwalk, and it’s in London, naturally. The collection itself – a blend of girlish allure with fierce attitude – had a distinctly Birdsong military feel to it. With halos of hair, sharp military suits and coats, tops were rich textures of woollen knit and fur, teamed with knee-high laced-up boots. The military gave way to tartan and lace, and the finale was a white dress modelled by Kristen McMenamy. She then turned, picked up a white rope, and revealed a wood where backstage had once been. Urged on by the smells of the woodland, McMenamy followed the rope into a cottage, which burst into life with disco lights and music. Sarah Burton – my absolute hero when it comes to designers – proves once again she’s the best person to be at the helm of the brand.
Pringle of Scotland
Michael van der Ham