London Fashion Week – The Best of British: Tradition, Eccentricity and Controversy

From humble origins, London Fashion Week has become one of the biggest events in the fashion calendar – famed for it’s mix of traditional labels and up and coming designers – as well as it’s fair share of A-List attendees!

And this September’s 25th anniversary was no different, with London welcoming back some it’s most famed designers – including Burberry and Matthew Williamson who have previously opted to show in other cities. Burberry particularly was a real highlight, closing London Fashion Week with an A-List guest list including Anna Wintour, Victoria Beckham and poster girl Emma Watson.

But, along with these global brands was a healthy mix of homegrown, emerging British talent – including the IT-girls label of choice, PPQ, who made London Fashion Week history by using a cast of only black models to show their sixties inspired collection, and Mark Fast, who also made headlines with his inclusion of plus sized models in his show.

With such an exciting mix of innovative new names alongside traditional labels with their refined heritage, London Fashion Week’s 25th anniversary truly was a showcase of the best of the British.

Day four of London Fashion Week, and it was a packed out schedule with everyone from Meadham Kirchoff to Jaegar London debuting next season’s collections.

Meadham Kirchoff finally offered us an alternative to the body-con dress, with an emphasis on deconstruction – with layering, frills and tulle skirts – all accesorised with pairs of lace up, patent Topshop shoes. Loose, casual and drapped, Meadham Kirchoff gave us a wearable, breathable look at the summer ahead!

This trend for more relaxed and romantic shapes continued over at Marios Schwab – who combined his signature sharp tailoring with looser fitting dresses in silks and elegant prints – all in shades of icy grey.

Luella’s show of heart shaped necklines, dalmatian like polka dots, bright turquoises and minty greens was like a trip back to the fifties via the eighties – with plenty of pleats, bows and high waisted shorts.

Christoper Kane, one of the hottest shows this season, didn’t fail to surprise – with a collection based on a ‘good girl going bad’ with plenty of Americana gingham in ice cream shades of chocolate and strawberry – gingham even made up his evening wear pieces as well- but instead embellished with crystals!

The kaleidiscope of colour continued with Josh Goot, whose boxy mini-dresses were an assault of graphic colours and prints – from neon green to fluro pink.

Finally, the day ended with a cool, calm and sophisticated collection from Jaegar London. Oversized, mannish white jackets were draped over silk all-in-ones with seventies-esque ribbon belts at the waist and accessorised with oversized gold jewellery. And clearly they impressed someone – Anna Wintour was spotted front row at the show, looking on very approvingly!

So, yet another day at London Fashion Week comes to a close. Tomorrow, we can’t wait for Basso and Brooke – as well as Buberry’s return to the capital.

Drawing the womenswear element of London Fashion Week to a close, day 5 saw designers going all out in terms of shapes, fabrics and inspirations in a bid to impress the plethora of editors, celebrities and buyers that have graced the capital this season.

First up was the quintessentially British Amanda Wakeley, who showed a typically elegant collection of molten metallic dresses in shades of gold, silver, cinammon and copper. A total contrast to the ‘coming of age’ theme to Basso & Brooke’s show, which saw the Brazilian/English design duo send their models down the runway in draped body-con dresses, with futuristic prints inspired by Jeff Koons.

Erdem wowed the crowds with their Japanese inspired floral prints, with mandarin collars and crisp whites – all immaculately tailored with toned down make up.

Of course, the real star of the evening was Burberry’s return to London Fashion Week  – which saw the likes of Victoria Beckham, Anna Wintour and Agyness Deyn take to the front row. Mixing their heritage pieces with futuristic silvers, lilacs and shimmer – the Burberry show confirmed why London Fashion Week is still going strong  after 25 years.

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