Glancing through my saved photos from the past three days of London Fashion Week, it’s clear to see why London was established as a Fashion capital. In comparison to our neighbours in the States, I think it’s fair to say that the designers who chose to show here are a little more bold and daring. after digging a little deeper, I found that Londoners were the first to coin the term ‘Fashion week’ when the British Fashion Council started to organise shows back in 1984. The BCF still organize most shows to this day and below you will find my favourite looks from the week so far.
My first encounter was Mark Bovan. scrolling through the images on Vogue catwalk, an array of fabrics, kaleidoscopic colours and contemporary silhouettes, dominated the runway. Fashion supremacy influenced the show in the forms of Adwoa Aboah and Winnie Harlow, who flaunted his innovative and free thinking designs. Bovan wholly reinvents the dogtooth design throughout and if you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you look at his latest show.
Among Bovan, other houses were keen to experiment with the pattern. My following favourite was from Spanish fashion house: Delpozo, who are debuted at London fashion week for the first time. Renowned for their architectural garments, which become objects of beauty in their own right, crisp cut clothes and unique accessories. Delpozo has been charming fashion fanatics since 2013, and with every show there is a girly attractiveness and sleek aesthetic.
Supersize m(y arms and shoulders).
If you’re not going big then you may as well go home. the first sighting of the over puffed shoulder was seen last week on the runway of Marc Jacobs. Love it or loath it, it seems it’s going to be a key trend heading into autumn this year. Transporting us all 3 decades back into the electric 80’s, you may want to style your oversized blazer with some coloured leggings, over a tracksuit top or with a boom box resting on your shoulders. See below for looks from Gareth Pugh, Molly Goddard, Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, Christopher Kane, Richard Malone and Ashley Williams.
striping it all back to our carnal intuition; animal prints have been plastered on the runway since NYFW. From gaudy to a tasteful approach at Rope 1961 who fringed a paisley print skirt to rest above a cow spotted underskirt. I perhaps wouldn’t style it with a the same pattern cape but it does add drama. Or slip into a more sensual find, like the black, blue and grey, leopard print dress at Ashish. Ashley Williams incorporated the style with tiger stripes on loose fitting dungarees. if I was to conquer this style I would do it in either: the form of accessories, a cute leopard print beret and bag, or I would but an animal print jacket to style over an all black ensemble or clashed with some plaid.
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Plaid, tartan, chequerboard, all of these patterns have made reoccurring appearances at both fashion weeks. Mammoth trousers adorned the runway at Mother of Pearl, complete with matching blazer and uniquely bespoke earrings. Whilst Marta Jakubowski and House of Holland opted for a more vibrant splash of colours where the differences lay with the pattern clashing. Marta jakubowski pulled off mixing x3 colours of tartan whilst Holland (my favourite of the two) transfused and electric blue tartan, cinched at the waist with rope, with a colourful orange and yellow satin flower fabric. I love this classic pattern because you can be as eccentric as possible or elect for something as subtle as the checked tights at Molly Goddard.