With a copy of The Observer’s Book of Garden Flowers sent prior to their SS15 presentation, Mulberry gave their audience a strong hint of what they can expect from the new season. Inspired by the “joys of the English countryside” Mulberry shouwed a collection Kew would be proud of, with floral silk tea dresses, perforated leather jackets, parka jackets, grandad cardi’s and garden clogs. They may not have a designer at the helm yet but that’s not stopping Mulberry from putting on a show.
As we gush and sigh at the abundance of eclectic prints, daring silhouettes and breath-taking fabrics, Paul Smith gave a very different message this season. His collection was normal, ordinary, and very, very wearable. Loose tailored shapes, linen tops and khaki separates were worn with flat sandals and cross-body bags made for a commuters dream.
Considered one of the hottest tickets in town, Preen’s SS15 collection was a little different from what we’re used to. Inspired by Massai Cricket Warriors from the plains of Kenya, designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi delivered stripes, stripes and more stripes. Jaunty cricket knits walked amongst tribal prints, beaded fringe and silk halter neck tops teamed with wrap-around mini skirts and a nod to sport luxe.
Taking on a slightly different angle this season, Alice Temperley told Vogue.com that her inspiration was “Japanese paintings, woodblock prints, surreal sea creatures and lots of mixing of layers and kimono references with our looks both for day and evening.” This was evident through the contrast of monochrome ensembles mixed in with frothy pastels and stronger hued prints. Luxe draping, cropped bolero’s and unbuttoned shirts offered a more relaxed style showing the Temperley girl in a more laid-back light.
Fresh from NYFW model of the moment, Cara Delevingne led the way on the Topshop Unique catwalk in sporty minidresses, maroon jumpers with chevrons and stripes, and retro cycling jerseys in pillarbox red. In reference to the British seaside, the high street brand kept to their fun aesthetic with hooded anoraks and Grease-inspired high-shine leggings. Evening wear included slinky black dresses followed by jewel-coloured satin dresses and a show-stopping nude slipped adorned with Swarovski crystals which Delevingne closed the show in.
Fun, cool and laid-back were the words most used when describing Saloni’s SS15 collection. Using Central Asia as inspiration, Saloni Lodha created pieces in Bokhara prints, nude slips and quilted shorts in vibrant colours and clashing textures.
It was a visual treat over at Orla Kiely as guest were treated to champagne cocktails, giant artificial florals and oversized flower pots. Typical of Kiely’s sunny disposition, ditzy flowers, and tile prints covered cropped trousers, shorts and knee-length tea dresses in sixties shades.
Inspired by 1980’s street style, Sibling sent their girls down the runway, oversized hair bows and all, in slogan tees, sequin vest dresses and sheer gingham in a mismatched rebellious collection. Exaggerating the concept, oversized fluffy jumpers acted as a juxtaposition against torso-bearing open jackets and barely-there tunics.