London Fashion Week brought the A-list fashionistas to the capital last week to see some of our brightest talent show what they what us to be wearing next year.
Bright colourful patterns, flowing chiffon and relaxed silhouettes were all heavily featured, and, like in New York before it, flat shoes and the return of the shoe slide were almost universal, which may relieve a lot of women and give our tortured feet a rest.
Here are our picks of the top shows from London for next years summer fashions.
Julien Macdonald is true to brand with his sexy figure hugging dresses but despite their familiarity, the welsh designer says that this latest collection is inspired by Africa.“When I go to Africa, I don’t go on my own, I go with the Rolling Stones and Kanye and Beyoncé,” he announced. However, it seems that perhaps these musical icons are more of an inspiration than the country itself.
Historical sensibilities were on show on the Erdem catwalk. Inspired by a shipwreck in 1642 that carried the wardrobe of Countess of Roxburghe, a lady-in-waiting to the wife of Charles I, as well as the 1930s Erdem Moralioglu explained that he chose these periods as “both the thirties and the 1640s were times [on the brink] of war.” The floating chiffon in pretty prints and black ribbon ties brought the collection together in a way we hope the high street retailers pick up on.
Soft romantic chiffons floated their way down the runway in ice cream shades and concertinaed, pulled in waists at Emilia Wickstead. The collection was quintessentially English in an almost Enid Blyton fashion in that you could imagine these ladies enjoying a Cotswold village fair complete with poached salmon and champagne.
Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos showed a travel-centric collection that not only represents their recent trips to South America but also the multiculturalism of London as they would see on a daily basis in their East-End studios. Metallic lace, gingham, big bold patterns and animal applique all accentuated the fun nature of their outfits.
Alice Temperley showed off an exotic boho collection that shows why she is so popular with the A-list and fashionistas. She mixed bright coloured riotous patterns with a 70s silhouette that provides the perfect outfit for a glamorous festival as well as an of European club night.
Colours of a burnt landscape and shapes reminiscent of the cubist movement, Roksanda Ilincic gave a bold look at how she sees us dressing next summer. The long layers of the dresses flowed as if in a summer breeze and loose cuts afforded a more relaxed look.
Fun, flirty and with a little punk edge, Christopher Kane’s collection encompassed the Make Do and Mend philosophy of Britain in the 40s, and in fact, that is what he had called his show. However that was his only really nod to that era with the 60s, 70s and 80s featuring much more heavily as an influence in this nostalgic collection.
Accessories designer Charlotte Olympia showed how versatile and elegant all cream could be while highlighting her colourful and fun range of shoes. Tropical cane handbags were the perfect complement that, along with the lei-style necklaces and hats, gave it a real summer holiday feel.