London Fashion Week: The Recap

I am writing this post, dear readers, from the corner of my bed, trying not to look at the binders and notebooks cluttering the rest of my space. It’s junior year, and the struggle is already pretty real. But I’ve dragged myself out of the homework doldrums thanks to, um, fashion. London Fashion Week came to a close on Tuesday, meaning we’re already halfway through with Fashion Month. Before we shift out attention towards Milan, let’s take a look at the highlight reel from the past few days. London designers are known for their creativity, and this season was no exception. Here’s (some of) what caught my attention:

(l-r: Marques’Almeida, Orley, Phoebe English)

Bright Young Things

London is home to a number young talents, many of whom were out in full force at LFW. In fact, a number of these up-and-comer’s presented some of the week’s stand-out collections. The streets (and Internet) are still buzzing over Marques’Almeida, Orley, and Phoebe English, in particular.

(l-r: Mary Katrantzou, Giles, Temperley London)

Patterns, Prints, Embroidery, Oh My!

Despite the UK’s prim-and-proper mainstream reputation, the SS16 runways were awash with patterned garments that were anything but drab. Mary Katrantzou showed more of her kaleidoscopic handiwork, while Giles Deacon found pattern inspiration in Elizabeth-era paintings. My personal favorite, however, were the Cuban-esque embroideries at Temperley London. Brava!

(l-r: Mother of Pearl, Erdem)

Prairie Ambitions

Both Erdem and Mother of Pearl found inspiration for their SS16 collections in an unlikely place: the American prairie. Mother of Pearl married romantic Victoriana (a returning trend from last season) with playful, carefree colors and silhouettes. Erdem, on the other hand, designed with a much darker frontier in mind. Either way, it might just be time to pull out those Little House on the Prairie VCRs you know you have…

(l-r: Burberry Prorsum, Simone Rocha, Joseph)

Sheer Delight

Sheer pieces on the runway are nothing new. In fact, they are almost commonplace. But this season the London designers’ barely-there garments were especially beautiful. From fanciful dresses at Burberry  Prorsum and Simone Rocha to button-up shirts at Joseph, it was clear why sheer is here to stay.

That’s it for now, London-town. Next stop, Milano…!


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