24 September 2009

LFW SS10 Highlights

London Fashion week's over and it consisted of designers doing what they do best: each label seemed to stick to their signature style whilst celebrating femininity with summery colours, floaty dresses or flattering tailoring. Lots of defining collections, notably Burberry and Luella, both of which were stunning.

Jaeger was beautiful, Pam Hogg was reliably crazy with gorgeous strong make-up (above), Pringle keeps improving and the young designers (Nicholl, Fast, Kane) keep LFW exciting for fresh, new talent in the fashion week circle. Peter Pilotto (below), whose show I've never been to and so never really thought about, had a really great collection of bold prints, strong shapes and striking colour contrasts.

Other than that, the usual suspects were my favourites: Basso & Brooke (below) were smoking hot with their best yet (apart from maybe AW06 - I still want those leggings) - the London-based duo absolutely nail 80s acid neon prints and their dresses packed a punch set against slicked wet hair, dark lips, dewy skin and black detailing. Gorgeous.

Luella had a great girly collection of vibrant, wearable pieces for spring with pastel colours, quirky bows and her signature polka dots (below) and then there was Burberry…

In London for the first time to celebrate 25 years of LFW, the latest from the British powerhouse was typically excellent. The stellar front row (Anna Wintour, Alexandra Shulman, Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Liv Tyler, Mary-Kate Olsen, label faces Agyness Deyn and Emma Watson, Matthew Williamson, Freida Pinto and Alexa Chung) watched super supers strutting down the catwalk with beautiful ruffles, ruching, sheer jersey and delicate silks in a beautiful pale palette. The only man to successfully re-invent a trench time and time again? Saint Christopher Bailey!

Firm favourite Ashish stuck to the signature glitzy sequins and he debuted the new Nike collaboration (fabulous t-shirt below) but other than that I wasn't bowled over by the gaudy prints and bold slogans.

Emilio de la Morena - who I really rate - was quite disappointing with his simple dresses and, this is controversial; I didn't like current darling Christopher Kane. I know Donatella, Anna and Joan Collins were there and he can do no wrong, but…

I love his previous collections and current collaboration with Topshop, just not his latest show which was inspired by Midwestern good girls. It was certainly fresh - I'll give every fashion editor who's raving about the collection that - seeing as it's such a departure from his celebrated style. He seemed to be channelling milkmaid chic - yuck - with plaid and fringed gingham party dresses. Please, no. He sexed them up with thigh splits, cutaways and layered sheer chiffon, but still no stand-out pieces for me.

However, I'm very excited about his collaboration with Versace's Versus Line, hitting Italy's fashion capital in a few days. Onto Milan…
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2 comments

drollgirl said...

that first shot is STUNNING. what an amazing picture!!! she just looks incredible!!!!

Rianna Bethany said...

I love that image of burberry's new collection. It's beautiful!!!!
Rianna Bethany xxxxxxxxx

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