London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019

February 16-19 took us to London for a fashion spotlight. There was so much to take in, and that doesn’t even include what the Duchess of Sussex wore to the shows! Take a look at some high and low moments below. Don’t forget to tune back in for full length show videos!

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I preferred the more streamlined looks to the playful ones from Jaime Wei Huang’s collection, but was left impressed by the end of the show. There were lots of memorable moments. From wool coats to puffer jackets, there were plenty of great outwear options. Other personal favorites included wide leg trousers amd a trendy large pocketed scarf. However, I was less impressed with the janky hemlines prominemt through the show or the see through sweaters, (like really?). There was also no love for the fuzzy fanny packs. Sad face.

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It was all about high drama & oversized shapes at 16Arlington. The label is interested in exploring red carpet opportunities and definitely succeeded at presenting a show. The oversized blazers were a highlight for me. And the two textured coat was such a surprise! The graphics were also a great idea to give a little dose of extra to pieces. The blend between minimal notes and maximalist ones is too good to miss.

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Full disclosure, I had a traumatic experience in argyle as a child that has still made me cringe at the pattern to this day, but thanks to Molly Goddard, I think I may be able to leave the past behind me. The distressed patchwork sweater captured my attention fully.

This show was meant to match strength and light heartedness, but opposites don’t neccessarily pair. I did like the message, but not the application. I preferred the gentler approach, with a touch of edge, as opposed to the outlandish outlook taken. Like those multi tie dresses were working for me, but that canary yellow feathered dress was more reminiscent to Big Bird. Lovable as he is, I don’t want to look like him.

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Streetwear inspired House of Holland  made for a cultural experience. Mexican influences topped with french tied scarves brought western inspiration to the runway, while Mandarin collars and Japanese obi knots brought inspiration from the Eastern hemisphere.

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It was a play with textiles from Ports 1961, how fun is that? The shaggy sweaters, drop earrings and slouchy boots accessorized seamlessly an all hours offering. The dress structures were so elegant in a rich palette for a truly luxurious feel.

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Emilia Wickstead was inspired by the film, The Godfather. The show was even held in Le Caprice, one of the oldest Italian restaurants in London. It really set the perfect backdrop for the Italian influenced showcase. It was very dramatic with a touch of ritz, but remained thoughtful and elegantly constructed.

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Burberry’s Creative Director named this season Tempest to contrast British culture and weather. It was posh, and honestly one of their best collections in structure and shape. I even enjoyed the handful of avant garde type pieces throughout the show. They said this runway encouraged inclusion, however there was a lot of backlash over a particular piece, the “suicide sweater”. It was a beige hoodie with a woven rope around the neckline that unfortunately did resemble something like a noose, sparking a heated internet outrage. As of February 26, the company had issued a formal apology and plan to educate and train employees on diversity. There are additional plans to assemble an advisory board of external experts and recognize talent through Burberry Inspire, an art and culture program the company owns. They also hope to support outside organizations that promote diversity, inclusion and aid to people in crisis. These are good causes to be behind, and I think this is a good reminder to everyone that its always important to be mindful.

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Natalie B Coleman partnered with UN and #wearingirish fair trade to celebrate UN sexual and reproductive health agency 25th anniversary. She is a student at Dublin College obtaining a masters of Philosophy for Gender and Women’s studies.

A highlight was a hand stitched ovary motif for scarves that took 32 hours to craft. It was so opulent and meant resemble medival scabbards.

Anya Hindmarch had another experimental show, remember the cloud pillow from September? This time showcasing woven bags and a climbing net that attendees were encouraged to try out made from the same material as the bags.

Margaret Howell, a favorite for simplicity, shared another stunning coed line. Offering ease and refined style, honestly, what more could you want.

Mother of Pearl, a brand focused on sustainability, was unique this season. It was a see now buy now show with vintage inspiration. There was also a ball pit meant to represent the profusion of microplastics that wind up in the ocean from synthetic fibers. This is putting marine life at risk. Mother of Pearl also made a 10 percent donation of sales in February to a charity working to clean-up the oceans.

Shrimps was not a highlight this season for me, although I did like seeing lots of bishop’s sleeves and cowell neck coats.

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