LONDON FASHION WEEK RECAP

The last stop of fashion week, British beautiful designers showed off their latest creativity in full force. London fashion week was booming with shapes and silhouettes, no designer and I mean no designer disappointed.

Here are my top 5 London Fashion Week collections:

1.Christopher Kane

2. Burberry Prorsum Fall

3. Anya Hindmarch

4.Mary Katranzou

5.Belstaff

CHRISTOPHER KANE

Christopher Kane started from the original muse, the female form. Mr Kane translated the lines and curves into a celebration of femininity, God bless Christopher for embracing femininity . “I wanted a feeling of attraction in the collection,” he said. in red, blue and black, woman were silhouetted on sheath dresses and skirts, while sheer panels fluttered and curved between velvet. Drawn details were abstracted into swirling patterns of glittery lines on sheer tulle and then took shape into electrifying zig-zags over black lace, I loved the way he emfused the colours and the shapes and brought out classic and chic through simplicity.Metallic red and blue chain mail, oversized florals, iridescent draped dresses, and what Kane referred to as “lovers lace” brought Kane’s high-concept design factor, while his signature plastic safety buckle clasps adorned shoes, bags, belts and outerwear, adding a quirky edge of modern utility.

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The show was dedicated to Kane’s mother, she recently passed on,the collection was a tribute to his dearly loved mother.

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BURBERRY PRORSUM FALL

Christopher Bailey took Burberry to the Boheme for F/W15 with a collection that spoke to the wanderlust. Patch worked florals and fringe brought free-spirited Seventies vibes but with that distinct Burberry flair&touch, covering trench coats and carry-all bucket bags.

Best way to describe the collection is Folklorish tiered-skirt midi dresses, modernized with low necks, cut out details, and bustier accentuating black piping, and layered with vests. Mix and matched floral, mandala, and bandana prints paired with pops of leopard print and camouflage and round-mirror and embroidered details in a whirlwind trip of seemingly quirky vintage finds, each with a unique story and many more adventures to be had.

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The outerwear game was dynamic, from dramatic fringed ponchos, fur Capes, quilted print shearlings, and patchwork suede trenches finished with whipstitch and fringe details. Different looks were matched with loose waves and smoky brown eyes, and accessorized with round-framed shades Burberry pulled out all the stops.

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3.ANYA HINDMARCH

It’s my first time coming across a collection by Anya Hindmarch but I must say I’m loving the detail on the bags and signs very adventurous. Inspired by you driving and the feeling that comes from the open road – the iconic images that accompany the verb was the latest installment in the Anya Hindmarch photog-worthy stamps that she has rapidly become known for (who will ever forget her use of the Kellogg’s characters or emoji symbols?) There were styles emblazoned with the easy to identify signage like “STOP”, “Under Construction”,

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“No U-Turn”, and graphic arrows and she even had fun with accessorizing her accessories (say that 10x fast) as a bucket bag was topped with a “air freshener” name-tag leather keychain and her signature tassels resembled a traffic cone. A welcoming surprise was Hindmarch’s entrance into ready-to-wear with her first capsule collection which often reflected the fun theme including a non-smoking symbol blouse and trouser set and graphic arrows decorated the nylon and fur outerwear. “I don’t think of it as a move into ready-to-wear, but a natural extension of my accessories. The pieces are chic, easy to wear, and have that same playful sensibility.”

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MARY KATRANZOU

Loving  Mary Katrantzou’s collection, telling a tale of opposing forces that paired makers technology and new materials with traditional motifs and silhouettes in a collection of wearable art. “The billowing bourgeoisie versus the restrained rectilinear,” said  of Katranzou the kick flares that accented otherwise minimalistic designs. In Mary’s collection there was kenophobia, a fear of empty space within an artwork, with technology and modernism, with skirts where prints popped, matched with sleek shell tops. Texture was everywhere, from jackets and dresses elevated with beading and embossed paisley, 3D printed textiles and velvet flatforms, and even a pyramid landscaped pink foam runway.

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Kantranzou’s digital prints took shape this season in neo-baroque organic forms juxtaposed with geometric minimalism. Hooded toggle-coats in a rainbow of color pairings stood out, as did pattern-blocked embellished dress coats. Ironed lashes applied to the center lower lash line gave a mod, doll-like appearance to models, who were otherwise left natural not to let the clothes be upstaged. It was quirky, contemporary, and one of the most definitely something that will play to Kantranzou’s favor as the British Fashion Council and Vogue look to pick their 2015 Designer Fashion Fund winner in March.

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BELSTAFF

high molded ceilings and derelict walls draped with vintage military parachutes set the scene for Belstaff’s fall/winter 2015 women’s wear presentation. The brand became famous for their innovative water resistant textiles and adventuristic outerwear elements still seen throughout their designs over 90 years later. Belstaff is all about adventure.

Inspired by a sense of ‘free spirit,’ the  collection beautifully juxtaposed masculine and feminine aesthetics through the layering of shapely mohair capes atop of leather biker jackets and airy draped dresses. Tea-length leather skirts, button-up blouses, and knitted turtlenecks peaked out of the earth-toned military inspired parkas and oversized powder blue coats. Suede, shearling and fur collared bomber jackets channeled a 1930’s Amelia Earhart, who – fun fact – wore the brand back in her heyday.

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Messy combed-back hair, defined cheekbones and bold brows were the dominant beauty looks, the models’ makeup otherwise simple and devoid of much color. Black leather boots balanced out the heavy outerwear and multitude of layers, adding an even more rustic edge to the versatile collection.

As an added perk, a dashing throng of waiters served up cocktails to the presentation-goers; the models also getting in on the action sipping champagne between photo ops. If that’s what Belstaff meant by ‘free spirits,’ then we’re fully on board.

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