Queen of print Mary Katrantzou got fashion journos talking even before her clothes hit the runway as the FROW was mesmerised by the carpet of carnations.
The collection was a mixture of heady floral prints and industrial elements. Tropical birds jostled for space with metallic details in the designs of asymmetric dresses, billowing chiffon trains and plasticised fabric.
Katrantzou also had her first go at knitwear with a lose sweater, sure to be in demand for daywear.
FROW faux-pas or simply daring? Pippa Middleton wore a v short dress to take in Alice Temperley’s latest catwalk collection. She was joined on the front row by actress Rosario Dawson and Peaches Geldof.
Models drifted down the catwalk wearing Temperley’s signature floaty gowns as well as 70s style trousers and ultra sheer blouses.
The designer (who was behind Pippa’s stunning bridesmaids dress for a certain royal wedding this summer) was apparently inspired by Grace Kelly in High Society as well as Michelle Pffeifer in Scarface, leading to flouncy jumpsuits and ‘classic’ Temperley dresses with risqué slits for more of an edge (presumably the Scar Face bit!)
One of the most dramatic shows of LFW. I loved Giles Deacon’s lazer cut simple silver metallic dresses (in different cuts to suit
everyone) and use of feathers and eye-catching swan prints.
Feather and wing motifs ran through some of the designs with a palette of silver, peach and white as well as shots of black and
vermillion. While my favourite pieces were structured and simple, Giles also showed off some incredible feathered gowns with flowing chiffon.
And now for the celebs…
Sophistication and subtle sparkles were key in Erdem Moralioglu’s blue collection. Lace and his signature delicate floral prints were sometimes encrusted with tiny sequins to make gowns sparkle in a magical way without looking too glittery.
Models wore ladylike gloves and hats in the Savoy’s elegant blue ballroom, with its grown-up front row. Bute there were provocative pieces too with super small shorts and tight bustiers with cut out details – fear not younger fashionistas!
I’m a huge fan of contemporary artists Kozyndan (who have an obsession with rabbits, water and Japan) and the Peter Pilotto collection kind of reminded me of these artists – mainly because I can stare at their work for hours on end and not get bored.
Apparently inspired by a recent holiday to Indonesia, Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos’ work was full of
blues, plants and sea life. Going further with the sea theme, they also used neoprene for a literal scuba interpretation and chunky zips.
We fell in love with the sporty racer backed dresses, skinny trous and luxe tees – super easy to wear and all with mesmerising patterns – joining other designers at New York fashion Week who are investigating dense prints and symmetrical patterns.
And a little Kozyndan for you…
We’ve lusted over the tribal print collection and watched the show live…now we bring you the celeb frow round-up. Let us know if you have extra spots!
We got…Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Mario Testino, Gemma Arterton, Andy Murray, Ellie Goulding, Sienna Miller, Samantha Cameron, Paul Weller, Rachel Zoe, Kanye West, Tailor Swift, Denise Lewis, Donna Air, and Skins’ Kaya Scodelario .
Christopher Bailey is a genius. His new collection for Burberry deservedly pulled in some of the biggest celebs in town who no doubt loved the tribal prints as much as we did. Big collars (with a Mexican vibe – that might just be me) mixed with lady-like full skirts, plums, teal and burgundy contrasted with tribal patterns and accessories to die for. Come to me raffia checked shopper and peep toe leopard print wedges! I also went mad for the gold glitter storm finale – who wouldn’t?
Burberry also performed a bit of a techie first with a #Tweetwalk sharing pictures of the models BEFORE they walked the catwalk. And the show was streamed live everywhere.
We could wax lyrical for hours but will just let you oggle at the pics instead!
All pics from Burberry. All hail Christopher! Check in with us later for a Burberry celeb round-up
No celebrity summer holiday outfit would be complete without a piece of Matthew Williamson or five. So it’s a good job that Williamson’s show was packed with his signature prints, colour and sexy summer pieces.
Dree Hemingway took to the catwalk in The Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, with Williamson devotee Sienna Miller (and Anna
Wintour) looking on. In a new move, Williamson told Vogue he looked to Japan for shape influences this season for a ‘less girly’ collection. There were some subtle cherry blossom prints mixed with Tokyo skyline imagery for a fresh take on Japan.
Trying to ditch the ‘just for holidays’ label, he reportedly said: “There is a preconceived notion of the label being all about holidays, the jet set, Ibiza parties – all those clichés, for want of a better word. I wanted to keep the DNA of the brand but explore new territory, literally and figuratively.”
Colour-wise, sunsets and plums fused with corals (dig them out again for next year!) and bright orange, which we’ve
seen everywhere. A new take on his iconic feather prints, Williamson used real ostrich feathers, beads and embroidery in addition to chiffon, and Charlotte Olympia did the shoes.
Oversized 90s sportswear was combined with lots of gold (even gold leaf hair) and modern prints drawing on hieroglyphs but in a graffiti and Keith Haring kind of way. Do we want to wear jogging bottoms outdoors though? We’re still unsure! Egyptian scarab beetles, snakes and sacred animals also jostled for space with all the golden embellishments.
There were however feminine touches (sheer panelled skirts and dresses) all with gold which still seemed ‘street’ despite the obvious reference of Cleopatra in an Elizabeth Taylor 60s OTT way.
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Topshop’s collection attracted a LOT of celeb attention and in attendance were: Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour, Pixie Geldof, Nicola Roberts, Ellie Gouldng (yeah- she gets around at LFW), Eliza Doolittle (ditto), Kelis, Olivia Palermo plus super bloggers Bip Ling, Susie Bubble and The Sartorialist.