Despite missing the majority of the shows in London this past season, I was still granted the privelege of seeing them up, close and personal, when the British Fashion Council came to town for their now seasonal London Show Rooms.
Whilst nothing really escapes the thrill of see garments sashay down the runway, being able to reach out and touch them, and chat with the designers themselves, is it's own kind of thrill.
When I was in London I came dangerously close to purchasing the bell dress from her Topshop collection – but despite it only being a fraction of the cost of a "real one" I couldn't part with the $500. So for now I'll just drool over her amazing prints and voluminous silhouettes.
The now infamous "Pencil Dress" – featured above, was insanely detailed and insanely heavy – I literally could not lift it – how they managed to get a model into it – let alone walk in it is astounding. But for the art, totally worth it.
A few of the dresses were simpler and more commercial (probably a good move for Katrantzou – whilst I'm obsessed with the more conceptual designs, simplifying them will make more sales) but still retained her skill and signature – I loved the almost – monochromatic hanger patterned dress with the ever so subtle kaleidoscope/prism detail (also pictured above)
Filled with saturated brights (I love colour year round, but especially for Winter) and featuring Art Nouveau inspired prints and strong graphic lines that still scream with wit and whimsy the collection most definitely swoon worthy. The acrylic jewelry echoed the colour and lines of the collection and, well, I really want all of it!
Ah Nicholas Kirkwood. I'm not sure which I love more, the man, or the shoes, both are adorable. The silhouettes are often classic and always feminine (even the menswear styles) but they're always cheerful and full of character. The attention to detail is fantastic and the man's signature subtle wit is always present.
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Michael Van Der Ham