London Fashion Week Spring 2018

Fashion month continued with a fury in London. With all the difficulties that London has faced over the last year, it’s great to see some designers continue to easily prove why London is a fashion capital with collections you miss. Take a look at some hits (and a few unfortunate misses) below.

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The rose gold button-down dress caught my eye, and then the yellow mini dress, then the blue floral print maxi dress and so on. The demure shapes are paired so well with current trends, like the off shoulder tops. Those colors are anything but shy and added zest to such unique styles to really become a league of their own.

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The rich colors really stood out at Anya Hindmarch. I liked some of the chunky shapes that still seemed weightless and the quirky, woven knit designs. The oversized cat bag may have been overkill, especially with other bags being adorned with toucans.

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House of Holland was another colorful line with whimsical stripes and referenced some fun vintage shapes.

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This edgy abstract collection from Paula Knorr was so cool. These metallic fabrics, black & white mix and elongated lines were very feminine and strong.

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Rope accents tied things together well at Roksanda. Even the puffy tiered sleeves held some elegance, where they would otherwise by puffy disasters. Many tops had an excessive amount of fabric, though Roksanda is known for statement sleeves, I could have done with less.

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The delicate knits at Pringles of Scotland were odd at first since knits are supposed to be for colder weather and this is a spring collection. Fran Stringer, Pringle’s Design Director says they get a bad rap, they aren’t just for winter. But as the models sauntered down the runway in beautiful matching knit sets in every color of the rainbow with Teva sandals, I was impressed. I think they could be a lot of fun to play around with and you can’t beat the versatility.

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From sequin to sun, you can get any and every kind of dress for spring from Molly Goddard. The layers were great and I liked that some of the models were barefoot on the runway. It was easy to imagine running around in May at the park on a Sunday afternoon.

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Burberry is one of the more recognizable and popular collections shown at London Fashion Week, but I don’t see the fascination. I’m not into the mixed patterns that dominated the runway, but some of the knits and the plaid lined coats were pretty nice. Maybe its just the pairings that are throwing me off.

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MM6 Maison Marginal presented a much more tailored and energized collection. ¬†Sprinkled with graffiti like patterns and logos, the idea was to respect Margiela’s early craft which included deconstruction and repurposing. The simple white color provides a clean backdrop to really pack a punch in accessories, or to simply be left alone.

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Ruffly and voluminous in some attire, sleek and mod in others, Mother of Pearl had me interested yet confused. Some models carried pillows that matched their attire while others were donned with pearls and floor length scarves. That cerulean shade of blue was really beautiful and I wished there had been more of it.

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Jasper Conran had more sheer attire than I prefer, some of the items would had been really nice with a lined layer. I liked the royal blue coat and dress a lot though.

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The collection I had the most disdain for was Xiao Li. Another largely sheer collection with even larger shapes lacked any kind of finesse or refinement. I just couldn’t understand a rhyme or reason to the statement or design.

Photos courtesy of The Upcoming Uk and WWD

 

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