Highlights from fall/winter London Fashion week 2016
BY AMANDA CLEMSON
The city of London has been enriched with youth and new ideas this past fashion week. Every brand that participated flaunted everything they’ve been working so hard on up to the shows. A copious amount of amazing and untraditional concepts have been brought to the table, which would not be possible without the successful designers that have made fashion week an experience, to find yourself embraced in an artist greatest craftsmanship. In London I was pleased to see upcoming and well-known designers alike participating for this falls season of 2016. I have put together some of my personal favorites to share!
Alexander McQueen never disappoints and this year at London fashion week, was not an exception. It was like Sarah Burton unleashed a fairy tale walking down the runway. The pieces included inspirations from nature like soft floral prints, butterflies and moons. Like many other shows that were featured in fashion week so far, this collection included some furs to make certain designs stand out but McQueen made it look effortless. The fluffy white furs made the fine-grained colors stand out even more, and brought attention to the movement of her looks. After this show I am very curious to see what more Sarah Burton has up her sleeve.
The next show that really stood out to me was Mary Katrantzou. She is known for her visual artwork and structural silhouettes, which make her collections very easily noticeable. At this year’s London show, she came through with all of her tricks. Every model was dressed head to toe like an empowered woman, cultured, and ready to take on the world. This year she had looks that featured structured shoulders, catchy embellishments, flashy laces, and prints that would make any other designer envious.
Another one of my favorites was Burberry, of course. We all know how classic Burberry is but Chris Bailey took this year’s show in London to a different level. His collections featured retro prints with a vintage 70s twist, which we’ve seen in a lot of other shows so far this year (not complaining). The coats just seem to be getting better and better as Burberry evolves. It’s almost unfair to pick a favorite trench on the runway, because they’re all worthy of praise. What goes under the coats is an even bigger wow factor. Burberry suggested sequined eye catchy dresses, leather minis, or stripped trousers to add some flare.
Next up on my list is the one and only, Giles Deacon. Being a native to London, naturally he always delivers. This year’s show was influenced by the Elizabethan-era. With references of Baroque and Queen Elizabeth I, this collection was a true master piece straight out of a Victorian art gallery. The edifice of his gowns was enough to have a lasting impact on any one who was viewing. Giles pleating paired with high necks were top notch quality and as if that wasn’t enough to have you weak at the knees, the beautiful spring inspired prints tied everything together.
And that’s all for London fashion week. Keep a look out for Paris up next!