I know I'm crap. It was weeks ago…and I was going to forget about it all together. But there was some really cool things going on and London Fashion Week is always my favourite (being British and all) and I would like to share…so forgive my tardiness?
First up some of the best looks about:
From Left to Right:
First Row: Matthew Williamson, Christopher Kane, House of Holland, Unique
Second Row: Basso & Brooke, Burberry Prorsum, Luella, Paul Smith
Third Row: Clements Ribeiro, Twenty8Twelve, Louise Goldin, Erdem
What I Noticed: My favourite thing about the London shows is the ability of the designers to push the envelope and instead of just achieve a wearability that you so often see on the New York catwalks they create a aspirational look. I want to be the girl that wears that. Even if that girl lives in the year 2057 and lives in an oxygen bubble.
This year for the Spring 2010 shows we saw that same attitude but much more of a wearability than we've previously seen. Perhaps this is because of the trends, or perhaps it's because of my own personal style or both. But the dreamy pastels, the amazing florals (sigh, Erdem, I could live in you – please?) the structured gingham and the messy librarians. Each evoke their own personal style and character and they're all characters I want to be and styles I want to inhabit.
Is anyone else seriously looking forward to spring?!
Anyhoo speaking of characters my favourite move this year came from one of my favourite designers (or rather duo's) Antoni & Alison. They have been entertaining me with their quirky fashion for years and years and are one of the few 'designer labels' I have bought into (I am a proud owner of a few items including my favourite purse complete with quippy, quirky quote) This year they produced a slideshow entitled 'Screen Tests' rather than a catwalk show wherein they displayed their new collection.
The collection was a re-imagining of what they would have had their favourite movie heroines wear if it had been up to them. Not only was it entertaining, lovable and extremely amusing but the looks were actually wearable – as in I want them – as in now.
Pictured above you have Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany's), Dorothy (Wizard of Oz), Bonnie (Bonnie & Clyde), Calamity Jane (Calamity Jane), Iris (Taxi Driver) and Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard)
Not only are the looks fantastic but I feel a desperate urge to watch every single one of these films they've been inspired by and get inspired myself! Project!
You can watch the slide show here (it's just over 15 minutes long for 43 looks and completely worth it)
So that's my round up of London Fashion week. Short, sweet and very late…..
By Kelsi Smith