Saturday, 22 February 2014

LFW Trends Summary/ Heritage

London Fashion Week has been an absolute success, demonstrating the seasons trends in perfect form. One that I personally love is the Heritage trend. Here are my favourite looks from the catwalk this season.

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Christopher Raeburn
Daks
Daks
Eudon Choi
Felder Felder
Marcus Lupfer

Until next time.

Friday, 21 February 2014

LFW Trends Summary/ Metallics


Metallics are back! Brash or subtle, looks like our favourite iridescent group are here for Autumn Winter 2014.  Here are some of my favourite metallic looks from London Fashion Week F/W 2014.


Christopher Raeburn
 
Daks
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Jean-Pierre Braganza
Julien Macdonald
Joseph
House of Holland
Preen by Thorton Bregazzi



So spectacular, right? I cant wait to go out and hunt myself down some gold creepers à la Mark Fast!

Until next time,
Rachel

Thursday, 20 February 2014

LFW F/W 2014 Trends Summary/ Colour Trend: Orange

Back from A/W 2012, it looks like our bold friend is back: tangerine orange. Here are some of my favourite hues of orange from London Fashion Week F/W 2014.


Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

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Sister by Sibling
Emilia Wickstead

Holly Fulton
Emilio de la Morena

Christopher Raeburn
Felder Felder

Other than tangerine orange, you should also keep an eye out for the fuchsias and canary yellows. Winter has never been so...summery?

Until next time,
Rachel

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

LFW F/W 2014: Trend Summary/ Sheer

Its nearly impossible to wear out in the real world, but sheer is one of the big trends for F/W 2014. Some were subtly displayed almost as cut-outs in dresses and skirts, other designers went for full-blown transparency; the models were only made decent by intricate strategically placed embroidery. However tricky to wear, I adore the sheer trend. 

Here are some of the collections that did it best this season at London Fashion Week, now all we need is to find a way to wear sheer to the supermarket without getting disapproving looks from the older generation!


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Felder Felder
Julien Macdonald
Julien Macdonald
House of Holland
House of Holland
John Rocha
Holly Fulton
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Until next time!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

LFW Day 3/ Mary Katrantzou F/W RTW

It was a day full of extraordinary collections but I think Mary Katrantzou, one of my favourite designers, stands out from the rest today. Notorious for her eye-catching digital prints it is shocking to see not a single one playing a part in this collection; an array of stunning embroideries stood in their stead. Mary is beginning to diversify her techniques used which is really exciting to see.

The collection focused on symbols - varying from mens room logos to scouts badges to heraldic crests (heritage tailoring and silhouettes are big for F/W 2014) - arranged symmetrically in some cases, and collaged in others. This collection is unlike any I have ever seen before, the concept of symbols is truly original.

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A trend running through LFW is of masculinity, and as a result the designers are pulling out beautifully tailored suits and skirt-suit combinations.  Mary Katrantzou's unique prints give her masculine tailoring a certain oomph to aid in the representation of the powerful female she dresses in this collection.

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Yet my favourite feature of this collection that hasnt popped up much in the others shown so far this London Fashion Week, is asymmetry - an aesthetically pleasing feature often using pleating in Katrantzou's A/W collection.

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Katrantzou closed the show with some beautiful symmetrically embroidered drop-waist dresses.

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Model Kirsten Owens opened and closed the show. Her career rivals Kate Moss in its longevity and success. What a collection! (And what a stunning backless dress!)

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Until next time,
Rachel

Saturday, 15 February 2014

LFW Day 2/ Sister by Sibling F/W RTW

The grunge trend appears to be making a return for Fall Winter 2014 in addition to the return of metallics as shown in Mark Fast's show on Friday. Sister by Sibling at London Fashion Week today is at the forefront of the comeback.

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Sister by Sibling featured again those fluorescent oranges and inky blues I spoke of earlier in my post about Mark Fast's collection.

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Unlike Mark's clean cut spongey knits, Sister by Sibling demonstrated distressed weaves - spiderweb-like - on one end of the spectrum, and at the other end we have kitsch florals emblazoned in heart shapes on fine woven knits, ruffles and jacquard prints.

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A really diverse collection demonstrating more bold colours, more stereotypically summery colours, for Autumn Winter 2014. I for one am glad I hung onto my tangerine knits from F/W 2012!

Rachel

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