You might want to weep like me that Day Five rang in the final day of London Fashion Week. But don’t weep just yet – enjoy the best of Day Five of LFW below! Today also signalled the Fashion East show – the non-profit brainchild of Lulu Kennedy and the Old Truman Brewery which began in 2000. Fashion East has kickstarted the careers of the likes of Jonathan Saunders, Roskanda Illincic and Marios Schwab. Each LFW, three designers are given the chance to showcase their collections, supported by a panel of industry experts, and offered a bursary, a fully produced runway show and a chance to hold sales appointments with international stores in Paris – the lucky things! For SS’14, the designers were Ryan Lo, Ashley Williams and Claire Barrow (follow the links to see the full collections on Vogue.co.uk).
It was a spin on the Ballet Russes at Tata Naka today. But it was less ballet and more Sergei Diaghilev-inspired theatricality in the colour blocking, and stars and rainbow shades in hexagon shapes for extra fun. Tamara and Natasha Surguladze, the twins behind the brand, told Vogue backstage: “We wanted it to have a graphic, art feeling because artists inspired Ballets Russes” – and it certainly felt very graphic!
See the full Tata Naka collection on Vogue.co.uk.
His show notes announced that this SS’14, Emilio de la Morena has “deconstructed his own designs to rediscover his woman and his core principals”. So it was a very simple collection we saw from the Central Saint Martins alumni. Pleated fan pockets adorned the layered dresses, in creams, metallic greys, purples and blacks, with shots of electric blue to liven up the understated show. The obligatory florals were there too – but they were darkened and carefully done.
See the full Emilio de la Morena collection on Vogue.co.uk.
Maria Grachvogel is the queen of innocence. In a watercolour of blue and pink and warm grey, the collection was a floating dream, inspired by a young artist – with artful crumples, paint-like splashes in swirling patterns, and scattered sequins on jumpsuits. Styles were loose-fitting smock blouses and wide legged trousers that swished in to skirts at the back.
See the full Maria Grachvogel collection on Vogue.co.uk.
Meadham Kirchhoff isn’t to everyone’s taste – not that they mind, because they’re going to keep doing what they do anyway. But this SS’14 collection – like a Victorian playroom gone mad – is super cute. This maxi skirt – with a stark wallpaper print – and ruffled black crop top is the cutest of them all. I can see it being worn at all the festivals – wear with a floppy brimmed hat and satchel to complete the look!
See the full Meadham Kirchhoff collection on Vogue.co.uk.
Best Dressed on the FROW
Olivia Palermo makes it on to the best dressed list for the second time this month as she attended the Anya Hindmarch show. She’s dressed in a Reiss Laurel Oak blazer and Carrie Leather leggings and looks so cool. I love the little flats as well! The fashionista is hitting up all of the big shows – and is winging her way to Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks – so we can expect to see plenty of her in the best dressed lists for the next few weeks.
What’s been your favourite show of London Fashion Week?