London Fashion Week- DAY 4

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We all know the Peter Pilotto prints are memorizing and he does them best than most other, and in this collection he gave reference to Florentine fresco with his recent trip to Kolkata also having an influence on his design. With this said his colour palette was anything but subtle, with sunset colours and royal blues, these were used with contrasting neon green. Pilotto’s usual prints were seen with the skin shell tops and the bust criss-crossing panels but his collection has moved forward it definitely hasn’t come to a standstill. The first look or print should I say coming down the catwalk was a black and white sleeveless printed blouse teamed with a white patent skirt. Peter Pilotto seemed to focus on the hemline of items this season with a small frill that appeared in many pieces that got larger and larger with time. The prints also started of simple using just black and white, then moving onto exploding colours that became complex. We saw frills in peplums, in bell sleeves and again on hems. He also gave us a neon green frill coming down skirts.  We saw ruched frilled boxy cropped jackets that were worn with slim graphic trousers, along with bandage front dress that had a sporty feel to them, as does a lot of Pilotto’s collections. Indian beading had intricate detailing that was inspired from his trip, this was seen in a 3D manner. His finale dress was strong to say the least with small mirror embellishment, they’ve taken a huge step this season, but volume and prints work best for the boy and this collection proves it.

Christopher Kane 2013 collection was inspired by Frankenstein, yes Frankenstein. When I first saw the interview with himself and Vogue my mind went into overdrive, however if anyone is going to take inspiration from something so unique its Kane as this is what he does best, he takes the undesirable and makes it oh so desirable.
The opening statement, A white biker Jacket with a floral pattern kicked off Kane’s show followed by a white crepe dress that was fastened with nuts and bolts. Then another sharp white dress came down the catwalk with bow like detail, but this bow wasn’t any usual bow it was made out of masking tape. Yet this collection was romantic, yes romantic even with bolts, nuts and masking tape, it also had a very Parisian feeling to it. Chiffon dresses were seen with bows on them that shimmered. The colours came cascading down the catwalk with fondant pinks, yellows and whites. Skirts were ruched full with frills. Like I said how he got inspiration from Frankenstein I do not know but a bit of imagination can get you a long way. Kane rocked it.

There’s a reason that the Burberry trench is a classic and Bailey showed us this season exactly why. He reworked the trench into a molten metallic explosion of greatness. Who would have thought the classic trench could be as luxurious in azure, amethyst, raspberry, maroon and lime. The Trenches gave us the illusion of Quality street wrappers, crinkled, shimmy, shiny and tasty maybe not to your taste buds but definitely to your eyes. Moving onto the belted classic white trench Cara Delevingne walked down in gave us a moment to remember who’s collection this was. There was a gold tinted lace trench and one in sateen that was caped. Bailey’s focus was also on the fantastic forties, which was full on glamour, short wine jackets had corset detailing and body skimming skirts with metallic jackets. Cocoon jackets were seem with no size restrictions, volume was at its biggest here. There was cropped bomber jackets in hard leathers and peplums tops in sapphire teamed with tight pencil skirts with a slit up the side. With all these capes you’d think bailey was predicting a summer full of rain, if I can wear one of these trenches down Regents Street in the rain, I don’t give a dam. Give me a trench Bailey!

Here is a live stream video from Burberry spring/summer 2013 as my writing skills do not give Christopher Bailey, the applaud he deserves. 

J.W. Anderson
·       This is one of the shows I actually got to go to this year, which was quite fitting really considering the day before I took myself shopping and bought myself a nice little J.W.Anderson number. It was the Quilted Silk paisley Skirt for £69.99 if you click here you can buy it for yourself and have a little Anderson in your own wardrobe.  So it may have been obvious but I decided to wear this little number for the show and luckily I didn’t see anyone else in it, which was pretty lucky I must say. After taking my seat it didn’t take long for the magic to happen. Out came the first look, a frilled white thick bandeau teamed with grey shorts with the same thick frills. These came in pinks, greys, whites and pale blue. Anderson usually plays it safe with the classics but this season he took it out the box and we saw abstract. Prints were seen on jackets and trousers and hybrid jacket dresses were buckled. Monochrome prints that looked a lot like blocks of abstract paint were seen on wrap over jackets, with skinny pants along with shell tops. His focus was on frills from top to bottom, he even added the frills onto the bags no matter what shape or size. Anderson has had one big month with the launch of his Topshop collaboration having happened earlier, but he definitely didn’t stop at any lengths to make this his best ever show yet.

As my camera and iphone decided it was time to call it a day, no photo's were taken by myself. All Photo are from

London Fashion Week- DAY 3

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Marios Schwab gave us traditions and ancient rituals for his spring summer 2013 collection.
The first detail was fringing, flying off every piece of clothing the tribe of Schwab were wearing.  Gladiator sandals were fringed all the way up to plisse shirts with raffia belts and leather bodies then onto jackets.
Leather was dominant in this collection, it came folded pleated and embellished. The dresses seen were sculptured with long black fringing mostly in a berry colour these again teamed with fringed sandals. Dresses were held tight harnessing the female silhouette just how Schwab likes it.
 The next part of the show took a turn for glamour and glitter with tan woven leather skirts some being pleated. Geometric embroidered knitted sweaters were seen that had a honeycomb effect. The outfits felt modern and fresh when teamed together. He brought dresses down the runway that were covered in Swarovski crystals along with jewels and chains. Under the catwalk lights glittering tribal prints of a tattoo like design were found.

'When the props, crutches and conveniences of modern life have been stripped away, tribal peoples show is that humanity is still part of nature.' This was used at the end of his show with his entire collection giving us a sense of nostalgia and him going back to basics with nature. Schwab keep it coming.

Topshop unique is one show everyone was waiting for; with unique in the brands name that is definitely what it was. Minimalism with a sense of maturity was what us Londoners seen coming down the catwalks. An array of cool career women walking down the isle with diagonal lines that were contrasting with plaid. The collection had sporty sheer t-shirts that were flattering with shots of metallic brought in to give it that unique feel.
Windowpane patterns were used on chiffon dresses that were embellished and sequins skirts were found teamed with grey sweatshirts.
The futures bright, the futures white and it’s coming from Topshop Unique.

Vivienne Westwood red label
She started the show and ended it with a very different approach than most Designers. Instead of promoting her collection she told people not to go out and buy the collection. We all know Westwood’s passion is in climate change and this is where her collection for spring summer 2013 was heading. “My motto is ‘buy less, choose well, make it last.' You should wait until you really need something before you buy it. In fact, don't buy this collection.” ‘Vogue’
Her collection started off with a floral headpiece giving us the sense of nature with 50’s references bold colours and patterns. Next came a knitted shift dress in gingham and pinstriped oversized pyjama skirt in pastel pink and cream.
Stain white gloves were found around the models wristed and pearls that were draped across the bodies. Most models faces were painted in pinks, lime greens and whites. At the end of her show instead of doing what most designers do and take their most well deserved bow, Westwood came out with the banner from the Paralympics calling for “climate revolution”

Vivenne Westwood

Every fashion week I get excited for Mary Katrantzou so much that I’ve applied for internships with her in the past just because her clothes are the most individualistic pieces of art. Its art she creates as well as clothes. Every season I wonder how can she top last season yet she always does, her collections are prints and that’s what she’s all about, but this season we saw a different side to her creations, as well as beautiful prints it was all about the shapes and fabrics. Her dresses came fitted at the shoulders but pleated from the neckline with every pleat having its own ribbon. The blue suit, which has been stuck in my mind ever since it left the catwalk, was the sexiest sharpest suit I think my eyes have ever laid eyes on. Then came the patterned green shimmering 2 piece. She added new layers and dimensions that made the shapes uplifting and modern. The prints were even more magical than last year, all prints were on a white backdrop with the prints being flowers, postage stamps and shimmering money all with a blue green palette with hints of metallic thrown in. Silhouettes were more graphic than ever with voluminous sleeves on shirts, A-line dresses and metallic brocade. Now its back to trying to predict what she has got in store for autumn winter 2013, but lets be honest no one can predict Mary Katrantzou.

            I’m usually not the biggest fan of Phillip Treacy designs (even though its his first show for 12 years) but I will literally take my hat off to him with this collection. My oh my, Michael Jackson fans would have been in their element with original pieces of MJ’s wardrobe used in his collection, including his red leather jacket and his jewelled gloves. While Treacy inspiration for his hats all came from Michael Jackson.  Whilst watching the show the first song that came to my head of Mark Morrison ‘Return of the Mack’ but instead of Mack I found myself saying Hat, “return of the hat”.
Hat after hat poured down the runway first netted camouflage hats then hats that had been sculptured into horns followed by shell shaped hats. There was also feathered hats, tricorn hats, small hats, tall hats, bright hats skull hats and many more hats.  With my all time favourite piece of headwear that was inspired by Michael Jackson due to his love of Disney land, massive Minnie mouse ears came down the catwalk. Dita von Teese came down in black jewelled lace and then decided to break it down into an all time favourite Michael Jackson song.  With more and more hats cascading down the runway my eyes were amazed at what I was seeing, Treacy has now got my attention well and truly, any other Disney creations would be very much approved by me.
Did I almost forget to mention how the collection started? GAGA, yes Lady Gaga kicked it off performing as Tinkerbell in a pink number. 

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