The Best from London Fashion Week
This week, a rampage of about 50 RGU Fashion Management students (myself included!) took over LANDAAAAN town! After visiting the city for the madness that is fashion week, I returned absolutely shattered, but it was soooo worth it. I'll post everything that we did over the next few days, but for now, have a look at my favourite pieces from the catwalk shows - i.e. a sneak peak at what we will be wearing come Autumn/Winter 2011 (Yes, i did mention winter already - fashion week runs a season ahead!!)
Paul Costello carried on the trend for brights colours, proving winter doesn't need to be dull. The fitted, feminine dresses made this collection one of my favs!
Mulberry, on the other hand, used a darker palette for the Autumn season, consisting of muddy browns, dark heather and rich greys. Inspired by Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox, the collection was stunning- a real show stopper:
Henry Holland, known for his light and colourful designs, went into a more 'serious' zone using beautiful tailoring and 'sexed-up tweeds'. Not such a fan of what appears to be crochet curtain inspired outfits, but this super cute pink dress more than makes up for it!
Elle called it their favourite ever Jonathan Saunders show... and I can see why! The exuberant collection was all about long, slim lines, and although there were some amazing coloured pieces, these refined yet sexy black dresses were what really caught my eye....
Breaking well and truly out of his 'bodycon knitwear dresses' comfort zone, Mark Fast proved he wasn't just a one trick pony. The black leather dresses were softened with chunky knitwear, but still had an edgy vibe. And my favourite part - they were short!! Whilst virtually every other designer proved longer hemlines were here to stay, it was nice to see some brave enough to flaunt a bit of flesh :P
Matthew Williamson, on the other hand, went for prints, and lots of them!! Another of my favourite collections, he featured some gorgeous dresses - sequin skirts and ostrich feathers = always a hit for me. I love the deep, rich hues he has used:
The best of the rest.... the key pieces that had to get a mention:
From left: Topshop Unique went dotty for animal print, and Jaegar played with textures and proportions.
From left: Vivienne Westwood can always be counted on for a unique collection, whilst Mary Katrantzou left the audience speechless with her dresses that truly were a work of art. Her inspiration apparently came from "objects of delight, such as Faberge eggs, Corommandel screens, the court costumes of the Qianlong Dynasty in ancient China, and Meissen porcelain" . Oh, okay :S
Last and (unfortunately) least.....
Despite the fact I'm usually a huge fan of both these designers, I wasn't impressed this time! I found the whole Betty Jackson (left) collection very uninspiring, and to be honest, just a bit tacky. And Christopher Kane (right), should maybe have just stuck to designing for Versace this season. If you don't have the time to produce a collection up to your usual standards, better to just miss it out, than try convince us you're going for 'minimalist'. More boring than minimalist I'd say!