Phew! Day Four of London Fashion Week can be called nothing but a roaring success. And with the likes of Erdem, Roksanda Illincic and Giles Deacon on board, whyever not! I bow down to the genius of Giles – whose front row was so close to the runway that the collection quite literally brushed against them, and whose bat headpiece (on model of the moment – still – Cara Delevingne) sent the fashionable elite in to ecstasies. I wonder if I can get away with a bat in my hair for work…? If you haven’t seen it – I recommend you go find it now! (It’s okay, you can come back, this post will wait.)
It was buttercups, carnations and orchids instead of the usual roses at Christopher Kane – he told Vogue backstage that he never wants his florals to look like anyone else’s. The florals he chose were the kind you would study in science class – with annotations and arrows, and as true-to-life as possible. They adorned sweatshirts and pleated jacquard skirts. Then there were silver brocade skirt suits, black midi length skirts and trousers suits with teardrop shapes cut out of them, spray-paint-effect Tees and dresses that were covered in hologram tinsel (made by heat-pressing and bonding fabric together). Then there were the satin evening gowns – crystal collars and crocodile clips the only Kane-ish additions to otherwise elegant and traditional dresses.
See the full Christopher Kane collection on Vogue.co.uk.
I always look forward to Burberry Prorsum. The front row was jammed with A-listers, whilst Kensington Gardens played host to one of the biggest shows of London Fashion Week. In a step away from previous seasons, this was a much more relaxed collection (trench coats were lilac lace for SS’14). Colours were “Ladurée macaroon” (pastels and pale lacey wisps of colour), with injections of darker orange and pink from the sheepskin clutches, and cashmere sweaters made a slight step away from the usual Spring/Summer offerings. Even the greys were cool, reminiscent of school cardigans, whilst huge glittering brooches appeared on belts and necklines. There were no more hearts either from Christopher Bailey – this time it’s polkadots and stripes.
See the full Burberry Prorsum collection on Vogue.co.uk.
I do love Michael van der Ham! His love of textures – dresses for SS’14 are a flurry of devoré, silk, lace and organza – and colours (black, yellow, pink, aubergine), this time allowed for a rich and sumptuous collection. Navy brocade, lace, and metallic jacquard melded seamlessly with asymmetry, peplums and split backs. Michael van der Ham plays on the idea of decay – moth-eaten and ravaged dresses are in fact carefully constructed, as is evident on closer inspection.
See the full Michael van der Ham collection on Vogue.co.uk.
The bright greens and corals of Chinese designer Huishan Zhang’s are to die for. His Chinese influence is clear in his use of patterns and shapes, and this SS’14 was no different. I particularly love this jade dress, with its cinched waist and modest hemline (decorated with lace for extra oomph). Wear it with nude heels for a cute office outfit, or add gold accessories to wear on a night out. Either way, I need this in my life.
Best Dressed on the FROW
How many AW’13 trends can you tick in one go!? Elena Perminova does her utmost in a berry pencil skirt, cropped trench jacket (is that what you’d call it???) and fierce black and berry bag. She even ticks the top Autumn beauty trend – dark lips. She took her place next to the rest of the fashion elite on the front row of Burberry Prorsum… the trench jacket stands to reason then!