Sometime between when I last spoke to you and today, London Fashion Week came to a close. Blink and, like me, you might have missed it. With that said, in this instance the duration is indirectly proportional to quality. Indeed, whereas the New York runways left something to be desired, London-town provided the perfect treat to curb my fashion craving. As ever, that regal city across the pond was a hotbed of creativity in all directions, from “the manor born” to high street funk. To get glimpse of my personal highlights, put your Warby Parkers on and keep scrolling.
Best Appliqués: Christopher Kane
While most critics lauded Kane’s deft use of taffeta in his AW 2017 collection, I was most struck by the floral appliqués that sprouted from the final looks.
Best Accessories: Charlotte Olympia
Accessories designer Charlotte Olympia once again proved herself the queen of sophisticated quirk with her vampy fall line-up.
Best Artistry: Mary Katrantzou
Regardless of your opinion on the Disney empire, it was hard not to love Mary Katrantzou’s Fantasia-inspired collection, which showcased the designer’s penchant for lush fabrication and mind-boggling prints.
Best Color & Texture: Peter Pilotto
Peter Pilotto’s latest collection drew inspiration from all corners of the globe, as evidenced by the explosive palette and genius mash-up of fabrics from knobby wool to diaphanous silk.
Best Hardware: J.W. Anderson
From dangling belts to functional zippers and brass buttons, one of the highlights of J.W. Anderson’s laser-focused fall outing were the hardware details peppered throughout.
Best Glam Factor: Temperley London
Call me shallow, but I think the formal beauties that came down the Temperley runway qualify as instant mood-boosters.
Best Fur: Simone Rocha
A sumptuous fur coat? Great. A fluffy ribboned belt? Gimme more. A retro shawl emblazoned with flowers? All the better.
Best Styling: Margaret Howell
As much as I love to dream (see: the above), it’s always refreshing to see real-life looks come down the runway. Margaret Howell’s trouser-and-sweater -heavy collection got real, real good.
Best Overall: Erdem
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love Erdem. The diverse library of cross-historical and cultural references imbues his collections with a thoughtful magic was out in full force this season, with garments inspired by both 18th century portraiture and Ottoman art. If fashion kept score, this was a home run.