LFW HIGHLIGHTS: PART FIVE

It’s the one we all wait for during London Fashion Week. From real-life rain to streaming online, Burberry are the leaders of the cool gang. Christopher Bailey didn’t disappoint as he sat brand favourites Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss on the front row, letting Jourdan Dunn and Suki Waterhouse steal the limelight momentarily. Peplum denim jackets, classic sneakers and coloured denim payed homage to Moss’s nineties heyday. Sticking to his British roots, Bailey referenced the English countryside with lambswool accents, insect motifs and grassy hues throughout; even in the tulle evening dresses and belted trenches.

After five years in the business, Mary Katrantzou showed signs of spreading her sartorial wings yesterday as she debuted a collection of grown-up glamour. Slouchy silk trousers were teamed with structured cut-away tops in neutral tones and khaki shades, leading a more sophisticated look. Katrantzou’s signature sparkle wasn’t far behind as beaded lace and sheer layers made up modest minidress’s and babydoll slips in bolder cornflower and lemon.

The print kings are back. Designer duo Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos stuck to their signature style and offered a statement treat for the eyes. The show kicked off with heavy dresses and statement coats in purple, pink, and blue, embellished with neon plastic beads and panels. Disco ferns and metallic finishes injected a dose of youthful fun into wrapped miniskirts and sporty fitted bodices.

Scotland made the headlines for a very different reason for the first time this week as Pringle of Scotland offered a colourful collection in Claridge’s Ballroom. Clean, simplistic and beautiful are the words that come to mind when sheer panels, turquoise embellishment and royal blue leather accents strutted down the runway. Finely knitted separates made way for dresses adorned with cornrows and plaited fabric with metallic accents.

Known for his sexed-up celebration of the female form, Tom Ford didn’t disappoint yesterday as he sent his girls striding down the catwalk with a modish smoky eye and roughed-up Chrissie Hynde hair. Inspired by his own designs from the Nineties, Ford presented metallic flares, long-sleeved mini dresses and lots of stocking-clad legs. Stunning baroque jackets mingled with fringed leather skirts, metallic animal print and cut out white mini dresses, proving that some collections don’t go out of style.

With a re-brand of her label to Roksanda, there was a sense of ease in Roksanda Ilincic’s SS15 show. “It was about paring everything down – simple shapes, circles and squares, colour-blocking,” the designer told Vogue.com backstage. This was evident through the boyish tailoring and boxy silhouettes of oversized jumpers, structured, folded skirts and geometric prints in a neon colour palette of orange, blue and mint green.

It’s a subject that’s never out of the news right now, but fashion veteran Vivienne Westwood used her influence to voice her opinion on the Scottish independence debate. As an avid campaigner, Westwood encouraged Scotland to vote for a break-away of the UK whilst her army of models donned ‘YES’ badges.Expert draping and sharp tailoring were ever-present as boxy suits, ‘wiggle’ dresses and those Anglomania stripes returned to dramatic effect. Closing the show in a simplistic wedding gown was none other than Vivienne Westwood’s granddaughter, Cora Corre, who’s signed to Next models.

Images: Vogue.com
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