As we hopped the Pond from NYC to London, we wrapped up yet another fashion week that is included in fashion month. London generally hosts a smaller selection of designers, and sadly, and the creativity may have been just as small this season. Let’s take a closer look at the most interesting, and the less exciting designers.
The Burberry show was one of the most coveted due to the “see now, buy now” concept, but it fell slightly flat. The pieces were beautifully designed, paired well, but all we could think about was if this was Gucci? We loved the idea of the collection moving more toward genderless ideals, but all of the details right down to the plush carpet was too similar to the powerhouse Gucci, and it felt like we’ve seen it before.
Who won the London runways?
On a more positive note, Simone Rocha impressed us the most with the right amount of layers and diversified fabrics. The shapes of the shoulders, mixed with the tailored trousers was not only beautiful, but functional in many aspects. It appeared her creative idea not only captivated the audience, but maintained consistency throughout the show.
Anya Hindmarch was another designer that impressed us. She stuck to her identity, but the show was spectacular and the pieces were simply wearable (which is the whole point, right?) The color palette was bright, but kept cool with the pastels. The material choices were the perfect amount of thickness and created interesting shapes without all the extra embellishment we’ve been seeing.
What we didn’t like so much…
A lot of the designers that showed this season looked like they designed with the idea that “more is more”. Many collections were just pieces thrown on top of one another creating this pile of garments just waiting to suffocate the models. Joseph was quite the culprit for that particular look showcasing layers, and more layers in multiple outfits.
Charlotte Olympia attempted to have a little bit of fun, but it made the rest of her show look like a big joke. The designs showcased were not incredibly interesting to begin with, so the fruits were truly the only exciting part of the entire show.
And then there’s Christopher Kane whose collection we thought was stunning, but the shoe styling with the Crocs simply killed it (for us at least.) His pieces were mixed well in material, and looked extraordinary until you looked at the feet. It just seemed like he had no idea what to do, so thought to pair something that is a gigantic fashion faux pas.
What’s trending in London?
The trends were not hard to find this season. We noticed plenty of color, whether it’s with pastels, or neons. You can’t get enough tulle in your wardrobe either — whether it’s a skirt, a top, or both at the same time. The bell sleeve is making a comeback, but think even BIGGER. Also, don’t forget that MORE is MORE.
Check out our top 100 looks from London in the slide above, and stay tuned for Milan, and Paris.