Jumping across the pond, London Fashion Week, held February 17-20, was very vocal. Many brands shared maximalist styles that got the blood pumping, even if there were simultaneously multiple scribble lines etched over my head. But the optimism spoke to me, it stood out, it was screaming “notice me I’m fabulous!” Bold colors, big sequins, loud patterns, volume and amalgamating hues created a vigorous fashion week that was easy to embrace. See some of my favorites below. As always, we’ll have full length videos you won’t want to miss, so tune back in for more!
A big highlight was that Queen Elizabeth went to her first fashion week show and sat next to Anna Wintour at Richard Quinn’s show.
Christopher Bailey said good bye to Burberry after 17 years in a picturesque manner. Vogue mentioned that he included a licensing collection the company had in the 80s, as well as many other archived looks. I liked the classic cape and white skirt with a rainbow jutting across the fabric. The puffer jackets and cocktail dresses, the abstract and brushstroke print sweaters.
The company is initiating a partial see-now-buy-now strategy. Stores are selling its Rainbow Check collection as part of an initiative to support charities that help LGBTQ youth now.
I’m not sure if customers of a heritage brand will appreciate the blatant statement, or want to wear a rainbow, but guests included Chelsea Clinton, Sienna Miller, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Keira Knightley and Naomi Watts, Michelle Dockery, Naomie Harris, Lily James and Daphne Guinness. Maybe Burberry has succedded in becoming the more democratic brand they wished to be. I guess we’ll have to watch for rainbows.
left to right clockwise Erdem, Maison Margeila, Temperly London, David Koma
Silver, has cool properties like gray, but is a touch livelier and its sleekness can be very refined. The color silver takes association with industrial, technology, and royal meanings. Silver is ornate, glamourous, and sophisticated. It works as a great neutral with louder prints and can liven up a simple look. If you’re not sure about incorporating this color into your wardrobe, you can always start small with accessories. Shoes, bags or a pair of sunglasses can instantly add a dose of metallic drama.
Shrimps was a standout collection. Launched in 2013 by Hannah Weiland, she plays with patterns and textures in the liveliest way. While she’s known for her outerwear, her handbags were what caught my attention! It was very connected and served up emotional, vibrant pieces. The loud motif wasn’t ambiguous, but rather incredibly cohesive. You can set your worries aside, all the fur pieces are faux.
From left to right clockwise, House of Holland, JW Anderson, Burberry & Mother of Pearl.
Another trend alert for fall is tartan. Isn’t tartan just plaid? Well, in North America it is, but in Scotland, tartan is an iconic material that is worn, like a scottish kilt. The tartan material is a woven wool with a pattern that consists of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours.
In the Victorian era, tartan became a component of menswear and through the 70s, took on a punk persona.
There are many ways to wear the pattern. It comes in a variety of colors and can be an accent scarf or an entire outfit, show off your unique take of the style!
Rebellious and glittery, obviously Halpern couldn’t be missed. Inspired by the 80s pwer woman, big shapes in louder shades were heighted to yet another level by the massive amount of sequins. I may have no where to wear these creations, but it doesn’t mean I love them any less.
Did you know Ultraviolet is the Pantone color of the year? We saw it pop up in a few lines including Burberry, David Koma and Mulberry. I really love this bright color, its tied to royal and spiritual roots historically, and Pantone calls the blue based shade of purple complex and contemplative, meant to inspire visionaries of what is yet to come.
More contemporary styles from London.
Photos courtesy of WWD, Vogue & Mirror Uk
Ultraviolet color information from Pantone