The eccentric flower print attire, frantic heel sprinting, mobs of photographers, model sashays, talented designers and catwalk spectacles can only mean one thing; London Fashion Week
The picturesque Somerset House opened its doors to hungry-eyed buyers, bloggers, journalists and celebs for a four day fashion-fix; displaying the best of the new Autumn/Winter 2013 collections. (I know we’re only just beginning to relish the odd glimmer of sunshine as spring comes creeping into view, but the fashion world has to stay ahead of the curve, dahling.)
I don’t know many people that would turn down the chance of rocking a Zoe Jordan metallic tuxedo but it’s imperative that the basis of a good collection represents what we would like to buy and inspires the way we look. So here’s the low down of fashion inspiration from the catwalk you can expect to see when autumn comes round again.
This season is all about adding leather to structured tailored pieces to bring a sweet collision of edge and sophistication. Fitted leather pencil skirts and panelled leather shirts were showcased at the Bolzoni and Walsh presentation and also made a rocking appearance in the Felder Felder and Moschino Cheap and Chick collection. Leather skirts and dresses are a must for a night out. Think ‘biker’ meets ‘doll’ by adding a dainty shirt with leather leggings for that perfect combination of hard and soft textures.
Faux fur is the best way to look amazingly fabulous. The Cruella Deville-esqe oversized fur coats (minus the real animal fur) made its way to the House of Holland and Sister by Sibling collection. A fur coat oozes confidence and erudition but if you’re feeling less daring opt for faux fur collars, hems and sleeves on coats and gilets to add just enough glamour (and warmth) to your look this season.
You can never go wrong with the perfect blend of black and white. Rihanna’s eagerly awaited River Island collection featured a monochrome striped crop top, layered with a striped blazer and shorts which gave a playful yet edgy look – very Rhianna.
Fyodor Golan showed a more subtle blend of noir et blanc, whilst Holly Futon played with fabulous animalistic monochrome prints taking safe to daring. Go for a Monochrome striped blazer or polo neck crop top and you’ll be looking like a sweet Everton mint in no time.
Androgynous – boy meets girl has never looked better. Zoe Jordan proves that James Bond is not the only one who can look suave in a suit. Beautiful form fitting blazers, cigarette trousers and oversized silk tees graced the catwalk. The Margret Howell collection certainly had this look nailed – featuring slick white shirts, hanging oversized coats and flat brogues
To save yourself some pennies, borrow your boyfriend’s jumper and play with proportions by pairing with a fitted blouse or skirt. To avoid looking too masculine, go for brighter coloured trousers or printed harems for a sweet touch of femininity as seen on the Mulberry catwalk.
The Orla Kiely presentation had a nostalgic 60’s feel which showcased girls in pretty shirt dresses, peter pan collared shirts and bright mustard and pink trench coats. Coloured satchels also made an appearance in the show which gave a smart, urbane finish. Who knew colour would look so fabulous this A/W? H&M do some fantastic neon satchels so go nab yourself one now!
Sticking to these trends will make you look like a Southsea fashionista in no time. London Fashion Week is the perfect source for all things fashion and a great place to see the latest up and coming designers.
The showrooms and exhibitions featured some fabulously jaw dropping creations – for more information on these designers and pictures from the day check out The Galleon‘s website at www.galleonnews.com or the LFW website at www.londonfashionweek.co.uk.