It’s needless to say that London Fashion Week 2016 has exceeded itself yet again. With sequins, ruffles, capes and Marabou trimmings used throughout designer’s collections, British Fashion never disappoints.
The first day of LFW went off with a bang as the founder of Net-a-Porter; Natalie Massenet became a Dame. The chairwoman of the British Fashion Council received the honour at Buckingham Palace from Prince Charles for her excellent services to the fashion and retail industries. What a way to kick off the week!
The catwalks are filled with so much creativity and desirability and London Fashion Week provide this year in year out and that’s something which will never end. There will always be something that you have never seen before which shows British Fashion Collections/Designers dare to be different.
From the dark and dangerous evening wear to outerwear that makes a serious statement, London Fashion Week has definitely delivered some very memorable trends for A/W 2016.
Alexander McQueen took the classic winter coat and gave it the makeover it needed, as the saying goes “Go big or go home!” The models were sporting quilt inspired evening coats whereas designers such as Christopher Kane took a complete different approach and his models were seen sporting jackets with oversized fluffy trims and neckline.
Since Madonna with her cape incident on the Brit Awards in 2015, fashion collections have been all over it. There were capes everywhere and it doesn’t look like they are going anywhere soon, it’s just getting more experimental. Whether it’s the classic cape look as seen within Gareth Pugh’s collection or whether it is something a bit more glamourous shown in Alexander McQueen’s collection. There is something for everyone.
London Designers have decided it’s time to bring a little bit of glitz and glam to our daytime wardrobes and they aren’t leaving us with much to think about with dresses, suits, jackets, skirts and accessories covered in anything that sparkles or shines.
It also looks like the 70’s style trend isn’t ready to say goodbye just yet; this was shown when the runway was taken over by rainbow wigs, sequins and anything that shimmered which were all a part of the Ashish A/W collection.
Monochrome colours and Herringbone fabrics also took over the catwalks of London Fashion Week from designers such as Topshop Unique to Mother of Pearl.
But this year for me the collection and designer which have brought it the most to the catwalk has to be the fashion label Shrimps by Hannah Weiland. The collection just gives off a grungy punk look with a twist of girl power. The innocent prints and colours schemed with the models edginess just won it for me.
Younger designers are becoming so much more than you would ever imagine recently, they design and create garments and put together outfits in a much more fun and innovative way than ever before.
Although LFW is over again for now, the autumn/winter collections from all these London based designers has shown how forward thinking and diverse fashion can become. It’s only a matter of months before we see what the next rage for the fashion industry will be.