The talent was obvious to see at London Fashion Week as designers pulled out all the stops to show that they were not going to be hemmed in by fashion rules and expectations. From bright bold colours to edgy fabrics and designs LFW provided variety in its inspiration.
Here we have picked our top 10 most creative shows that will influence summer fashions.
Temperley had a distinctly Central American feel with beautiful embroidery that represented the gorgeous handcrafted fabrics of the area. Alice Temperley said of the Havana collection that her inspiration came from: “the romance and decadence of Cuba and [a] bygone era, making fashion that is ultimately wearable and also transports you at the same time.
The eccentricity of Gareth Pugh made this a show stopping collection that was reminiscent of the London club scene in the early 80s. Sticking to black, white and red with highlights of sequins and latex, it was a bawdy and vibrant offering.
Jamie O’Hare redefined the Issa girl in his second collection for the label made famous by royal fan Kate Middleton. With intricate texture, lacework and embroidery along with plunging necklines it represented a sophisticated and feminine look.
Christopher Bailey’s pretty and etherial designs created a beatnik feel that feeds into the boho-chick revolution. Contradicted by almost military style jackets it was a juxtaposition of soft and hard that will work on the streets as well as it did on the catwalk.
Vivienne Westwood Red Label
Dame Vivienne Westwood continued with her tradition of asymmetrical necklines and body skimming silhouettes changing it up with some striking chinoiserie fabrics and embellishments. Less rebellious than expected from this former punk anarchist, which made it very wearable.
Relaxed, feminine and romantic, these dresses reflected a more innocent era with their soft colourings and lady-like shapes. The floral fabrics were bold, and while comparable to 60s curtains, added a fresh edge for spring.
Using a palette almost exclusively of white and red Barbara Casasola celebrated the female form saying she wanted to “celebrate the women of her Brazilian homeland”. The fine knits and satins showed off the figure while she kept the design minimalistic resulting in a very polished overall look.
Versace brought their younger, cooler, edgier brand to show at LFW for the first time and it certainly sits well in the town that is known for pushing the boundaries a little more than the other main fashion weeks. Leather, bold cutaways and high hemlines ensured that Versus continues to be relevant amongst young fashionistas.
There was no doubt that this collection was feminine however it stopped become sickly sweet by adding some harder edges with bondage like harnessing and peekaboo fabrics. “I found out I was pregnant while I was in Japan,” Simone said to explain her influences. “I was suddenly seeing everything so intensely, it felt trippy!”
Jonathan SaundersThe graphic prints and patterns were used perfectly to highlight the bias cut dresses that are perfect for spring events. Bright and contrasting colours made them stand out for all the right reasons.