Across the pond, to the cobbled streets of jolly ol’ England. London Fashion week is underway and making statements at each and every turn. As with my previous post about NYFW I am just going to cover the couple of shows that caught my eye.
To start I just need a moment to have a throwback to being 16, hanging out with friends at the local youth club and spotting bright coloured t-shirts with slogans such as “Drop flowers not bombs” and “Make love not war”. Such t-shirts were inspired by Henry Holland and his classic bold slogan tees, which for the ten-year anniversary have made a comeback. Just as current now as they were then, House of Holland t-shirts this time celebrate fashion idols with phrases such as: “I’m yours for a tenner Kendal Jenner”, “Give us a toss Karlie Kloss” and “I’d pay millions for a night with Ashley Williams”. I’m sold and now trying to come up with a rhyme for my own name “You can leave it up to fate with Victoria Sait” (#workinprogress).
As predicted the Julien Macdonald SS17 show was full of glam and sparkle. Although some of the collection leaves little to the imagination and the over-oiling of models is something to be desired, I adore how these dresses would be the perfect eye-catching outfit for a night on the dance floor. With enough swish and plenty of sequins, the white/silver dresses are by far my favourite and with no need to accessories they would be a winner in my wardrobe.
Burberry shows rarely need introduction and this, simply named, September Collection is no different. Christopher Bailey presented 83 men’s and women’s runway looks that were available to buy in store immediately. That’s right, it’s another too good to wait scenario, where Burberry have taken fast consumable fashion, put it on the runway and then let you “See Now Buy Now” – it’s the trend don’t you know? Bailey hopes that “what we’ll be able to do is create a moment that feels relevant when the customer actually sees it, rather than telling him or her they’ve got to wait until five or six months after we’ve excited them”. So what do you think? Do you think being able to see and buy straight away is the way forward or does it feel a bit like an anti-climax when it’s all over in one fair swoop? I watched the behind the scenes and clips of the show on Snapchat, that gives enough of a clue about how current and on trend fashion brands are now. This collection was presented in a Burberry creation called Makers House – a workshop-style installation, set in beautiful gardens and exuding glamour, it felt very regal and British, plus the live 21-piece orchestra. Well it’s totally Burberry.
Other collections to note would be Anya Hindmarch and the beautifully presented collection, joining fashion and architecture together, Topshop Unique for the runway-to-retail, more wearable fashion (price wise and style) and Charlotte Olympia which to be honest just looked like a real good bonkers party with some glam, fruits and dancing. As always London has delivered, what I will leave you to linger on is the one fashion faux par I can’t quite get past… Christopher Kane welcomed ‘glam’ Crocs to his catwalk. Just no, please, they are for private use in the garden where they don’t offend anyone else.
Image credit – Vogue