A/W 2015: London

Another fashion week has come any gone, my friends. London, a city whose designers are heralded for their creativity and daringness, did not disappoint this time around. Although it may not be the host to as many shows as New York or Paris, London Fashion Week is living proof of the quality-over-quantity ratio. And so, as we did last week with NYFW, here are some of my personal highlights from the past few days:

Bright Young ThingsIt goes without saying that London is the Mecca of youth culture. It should come as no surprise, then, that the youngest designer’s are also the city’s best. Resident newbees like Simone Rocha and Phoebe English have already become favorites of the high-fashion pack, a sure sign that both brands are on the fast track to success.

Boy’s Welcome (Even Encouraged): Okay, so this is by no means a “new” idea, but I couldn’t help but notice the amount of men on the London womenswear runways. Designers in all four cities have been toying with this concept for a while now (#normcore), and now throwing a couple male models into your women’s show seems almost like the typical thing to do. There’s no doubt menswear is a booming business, what with all the hype about New York Men’s Fashion Week becoming an official “thing”. Will men’s and women’s shows eventually merge into one? We’ll have to wait and see, but I’m sure the idea will get the go-ahead from flocks of weary fashion editors.

All About That Belt…’bout that belt, no trouble. Catchy song lyrics aside, the belts were perhaps the best part of LFW. They were statement accessories at Roksanda, leather and oh-so-English at Thomas Tait, chunky and tweed at Emilia Wickstead…the interpretations went on. Needless to say, some new waist-cinchers are suddenly at the top of my “to-buy” list.

 Our London friends were really feeling the accessories this season, because scarves also served as a focal point in many a collection. Although it’s hard to top Burberry’s scarf-belted-over-hand-painted-trench situation from last year, brands like Issa, Belstaff, and House of Holland all tried their hand at the look. At Issa, slinky evening gowns were topped off with matching neckpieces, while the designers at Belstaff juxtaposed chunky, blanket-like knits over silk pieces. House Holland’s interpretation was very much a twisted take on the French girl scarf look, knotted severely right under the chin.

Alright, two cities down, two to go. The Autumn/Winter 2015 season has been wonderful so far, I can only wait to see what Milan and Paris have in store.



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