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We’re in awe of the innovation and creativity exhibited at London Fashion Week this September. Designers have reimagined spring’s predictable floral patterns, styled fabrics in captivating shapes and blurred stifling gender lines. And between the chaos of getting to shows and whirlwind five-minute coffee breaks, a few British designers truly caught our eye amidst the week’s abundance of festivities.
Charlotte Olympia’s SS17 show was a flurry of sequins, dancing, fruit and vibrant colours. Her tangy bucket bags and palm frond mules were a sophisticated take on vacation wear. The effervescent Carmen Miranda served as the muse for Charlotte’s sky-high platform heels, tropical prints and glitzy show. Despite the flashy chorus line and a group of fruit-bearing models that gave the Fruit of the Loom men a run for their money, the accessories still held the spotlight.
Monochrome is one thing we hope never goes out of style, and Margaret Howell’s SS17 collection is proof that it’s here to stay. Her line of crisply cut blouses, skirts and blazers are a fresh take on the neutral colours we love so much. The line was a perfect image of what it looks like to steal from the boys’ closets successfully. The dark colours were balanced out with light fabrics and a few pastel-hued garments. The polished tailoring and cuts contradicted nicely against the mismatched buttons and off-the-shoulder blouses. She made looking undone something we want to strive for.
Anya’s SS17 show was a dreamy blend of futuristic glam and athleisure. Inspired by mathematics, Anya placed intricate geometric circles on handbags, measured out sharp, symmetrical lines for her coats and tessellated shapes on bracelets and keychains. Her models circled under a large UFO, and we decided we wouldn’t mind hopping on that space ship if it meant we could get a piece from her line.
We admired the imperfect lipstick, bubble braids, delicate tulle and intricate ruching that convened on Molly Goddard’s runway this season. The asymmetrical dresses and striped hoodies were a grownup format of our childhood dress up fantasies. Inspired by rave culture, each piece was a melodic blend of rebellious and delicate, mixing everything from childish rainbow stripes and see-through dresses to shirts with screen-printed provocative photos and long gingham skirts.
Paul Smith did the impossible and reimagined florals. His line included sherbet-coloured dresses, fresh origami folded shirts, leather espadrilles and fluid culottes and trousers. Hilma Af Klint’s newest art exhibition was the source of inspiration for the colours and florals on his garments. A few patterns looked as if they were freshly sketched, some embodied lively paintbrush strokes wisped onto dark backgrounds – others were kaleidoscopic abstract prints. As models strutted between tall grasses and wildflowers, our opinion of the infamous floral print undoubtedly changed.
As London Fashion Week wraps up we’re anticipating the final shows to be just as enticing. Your spring and summer wardrobe will be renewed with fresh pieces and unprecedented styles that will last you through fall and winter too. A watermelon basket purse and a tulle skirt are on our list…
We’d also like to send a lovely thank you to DS Automobiles for generously toting us around in a sleek car and keeping us warm during London Fashion Week. We couldn’t have been happier with the service they provided.
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