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At the time of writing this, London will be awash with socialites and fashionistas, all eager to see the multiple designers showcasing at London Fashion Week. Designers from the elite to unknown will be leaving their mark on one of the most influential fashion weeks, for not only global but British fashion.
With the dates running from 12-16 September it looks set to astound and captivate its many devoted followers.
British fashion has always encapsulated a sense of rebellion and beautifully marries the weird and wonderful, in a way that’s distinct from the rest of its competitors. This is why such events are instrumental in creating a platform for unknown designers to flourish and prosper, at the same time it’s invaluable for inspiring what we wear and who we buy into.
Organised primarily by the British Fashion Council, it sits alongside its fierce rivals – New York, Paris and Milan – to provide us with show-stoppers galore.
With the UK accounting for around 780,000 jobs within the fashion sector, it really isn’t a business to be sniffed at. Alongside this, it’s estimated that at least 5,000 press and fashion buyers attend each year, accruing an impressive orders amount of £100 million.
This year has seen a phenomenal growth in YouTube personalities and bloggers, some of which will be attending this year’s events. Any designer will know that the power of such bloggers and writers can greatly spread their message, thus this year gracing the front row and delegating some celebrities backwards on the seating plan.
In an age where a chunk of our lives are flooded with technology and social media, LFW is gaining from this exposure and generating a lot of hype around the shows.
Some of the designers showing this year include: Amanda Wakely, Christopher Kane, Burberry Prorsum and House of Holland. A few of my favourite designers have already shown, but this one goes out to shows past and present, that have been sure to grab my attention:
Tates Duveen Galleries played host to this incredible show, with stacks of speakers thrashing out the gutsy playlist. The clothes themselves were superbly juxtaposed by the mixture of conventionally ‘pretty’ pieces like the shimmery skirts, pieced with oversized diagonal striped knits.
The collection had a very strong element of styling and each look, appeared to portray a great sense of individuality. Jonathan Saunders has never disappointed me, right from his very first collections and his stand out prints, which catapulted him into the fashion stratosphere.
As collections go this one was pretty much Paul Smith’s ethos to a tea. Mannish, classic and a dash of femininity thrown in for good measure, saw models stride in what can only be described as pyjamas. An unusual concept you may think, but these weren’t just any run-of-the-mill pieces, they were exquisite silk pieces, carefully pieced together to create a whimsical and laidback element.
Rich shades of tobacco, blue and orange came together harmoniously to create iconic pinstripes and a fresh take on florals.
As a high street company primarily, I have been captivated for some years by the work of Topshop Unique and their well executed collections. This one is no exception with its latest offerings for Spring Summer 2014. The spring collection sees a strong bohemian element with hits of prints, relaxed silhouettes and embellishments with a touch of romance. Sapphire blue and emerald gives pieces punch and scream ‘spring is coming’!
Now you simply can’t have bohemian and not have the obligatory maxi dresses and ditsy prints, however these are reinvigorated with layering of oversized knits. Spring’s ‘Unique’ woman will embrace her artistic side and experiment with menswear inspired prints, in the guise of wide legged trousers and pieced with light knits. Once again Cara Delevigne was the model of choice to close the show, the ultimate poster girl for effortless cool and attitude.