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After New York Fashion Week left us rather uninspired, London Fashion Week showcased killer collections, one after another. While many editors skip LFW to prep for Milan and Paris, the raw and emerging talent on display over the past few days will undoubtedly affect next season’s travel plans. The collections felt fresh and the designers’ passions were evident. Show notes, sets and model castings were intentional and connected well with the clothing, each contributing to individual stories rather than repeating trends. All in all, everything felt genuine. Our list of favourites could go on and on, but here are a few we can’t stop looking at.
With or without the show notes, Christopher Kane’s Spring/Summer ‘18 collection was captivating and cool. The pieces were individually chic, and intriguing as a whole. The leather and lace cropped jacket and pink ruffled coats immediately caught our eye, but it was with Kane’s soundtrack selection and show notes that the collection became outstanding. Based on the story of the seemingly innocent Cynthia Payne, the collection reflects duelling desires and hidden personalities. He took mundane household items such as trash bags and mops and reinterpreted them. Read over his show notes before taking another look at the full collection.
Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi sent beautiful dresses down the runway, yet their message was even more moving. While last season’s shows were not short of political messages, they’ve been less prevalent this season. Thornton and Bregazzi reiterated their disappointments and created a collection meant to educate and inspire. With flowing white dresses and red embroidered “A”s, Scarlet Letter was an obvious influence. Along with their collection the duo gave guests a photograph showing a suggested booklist. On it they included: Growing Strong Daughters, Pink Sari Revolution, Girls Think of Everything. Dedicated to their daughters, this show may be the couple’s strongest yet.
For the past few years, Simone Rocha has been a consistent favourite. Season after season, she’s brought timeless pieces to the runway. Each look is full of character, yet feels fitting for anyone, at any age. Her craft is impeccable. She pays attention to every detail, from sheer panelling to beaded embroidery. In addition to her stunning dresses and overcoats, her accessories are drool-worthy. Pearl hair clips, floral handbags and sparkly shoes are just the beginning. Spring’s only another six months away…
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