… And Felder Felder just seemed to ramp it up a notch.
The Velvet Outlaw Collection was inspired by “Glam-rock Seventies outlaw-cum-skateboarder Tony Alva and urban cityscape romantic-cum-photographer Sarah Moon”. It’s definitely a signature style anyway! The grungy look was underpinned by texture, texture and more texture, from a calf-hair panelled cashmere and wool-blend trench coat and quilted organza. The models seemed to have fun – twirling for the cameras to a Dr Dre beat.
As a brief break between the dizzying catwalk shows, Stephen Jones hosted a Headonism installation; check it out here.
Eudon Choi broke away from what had previously been his signature style this AW’13 collection. Rather than slimline shapes, Choi chose to be inspired romance and Russia this time around. This fresh new designer injected dirndl-striped skirts, blossom-adorned scarves (in collaboration with Piers Atkinson), flattering coats and girlish knits to his range, and it worked to perfection.
View the collection here.
The Starkonnen collection from Jean-Pierre Braganza was a geometric exploration of maths, cosmic alignment and a universe where women rule the world. Colours were dark – shades of the night sky – with white and peach injections. There were nods to Sumurai in the hair styles and silhouettes, and clutch bags with the same geometric prints designed by Bracher Emden.
It’s with a pair of Manolo Blahniks that the PPQ collection tumbles from last season’s Sixties and Seventies to this AW’13 Fifties effort, in bright primary colours and neons. Turquoise, green, pink and yellow coats with black accents, prom dresses, cocktail dresses, an Eighties-style bubble skirt, and garnishes on elbows, hair and shoulders. The collection was topped off by chiffon gowns with tuxedo influences.
Twitter went mad for the Central Saint Martins MA show – it’s the one everyone wants to go to. This is your chance to spot the big designers coming through. Christopher Kane handed the L’Oreal Professionel Creative to Elish Macintosh, whose use of ropes across both collections have got Vogue impressed and the fash pack nodding their heads. I wish I could talk about all of the up-and-coming designers who had their collections strut down the Central Saint Martins catwalk, but we’d be here for a long time! Instead, make sure you watch the show highlights, and read the Vogue report. It’s always worth remembering the names of these fresh new designers – we’ll be going to their shows at London Fashion Week for a while to come!
Last, but by no means least, at day one of London Fashion Week, was Sass & Bide. The collection, entitled Wintergate, was all about bringing a piece of Summer to the Winter. From ultra-wearable pieces in wide leg trousers, boxy jackets and little skirts, to the Sass & Bide glamour we know – dropped waists, fitted dresses embellished with raffia and pearl, warrior dresses with cage overlays, and billowing white skirts on fierce gowns. They did add a bit of knit (in glimmering silver) in there, because let’s face it, Winter is going to be a bit nippy. But it was a bright, fun and optimistic collection from the Australian duo to finish of the first day. With those bright yellows, they brought a little sunshine in to the London Fashion Week tent!
Are you ready for Day Two of London Fashion Week?