Alas, London Fashion Week is over, the excitement of the past few days has died down and the capital returns to normal business. But on the bright side, we now have an idea of what to wear come autumn/winter of this year thanks to all the designers which presented their collections at various locations over the city. Here are a few of my favourites:
Topshop is arguably the height of British highstreet luxe. A highly successful chain which is able to transcend both highstreet and LFW week worthy collections is the key to Philip Green’s mega store, and I’m 100% sure Topshop Unique’s latest AW13 offering will only further cement Topshop as every British girls favourite.
This Nineties centric collection featured past seasons hottest colour oxblood, dusty pink sequinned skater skirts, retro browns and a blood red which was used on lacquered jackets and skirts demonstrating the label’s focus on a plethora of textures. Silhouettes were both masculine, with boxy shirts and donkey jackets and ladylike with midi-length sequinned skirts playing a large part in the show. Cigarette trousers were juxtaposed with on-the-hip and looser fitting long length trousers, while outfits were finished off with fur stools, voluminous proportioned parkas and one incredible camel shearling coat. Tops, bralets and jumpers were cropped so toned stomachs will be one of AW13 best accessories, I will be renewing my gym membership ASAP.
Mulberry bags are everywhere at the moment, thanks to the resurgence of the brand following Emma Hill’s welcome into the role of creative director and of course, the release of the now iconic Alexa bag the brand is a household name.
So welcome, Mulberry’s beautiful AW13 collection. Gorgeous leather skater skirts hung over cropped trousers, while coats were plentiful (you will be warm this season), available in a variety of coloured tweed plaids (bottle greens and navy blues were my favourite) with sheepskin collars for extra chicness. Soft leather gloves were to the elbow, while hands of course clutched beautiful handbags in an autumnal rainbow of colours. Of course, as with every season, the brand introduced a new bag, this time the sophisticated and vintage inspired Suffolk bag. The Suffolk is shaped like a classic Doctor’s bag and will be made available in teal, navy, yellow, black and the classic brown, and with prices starting at £1350, I better start saving the pennies.
Can Christopher Bailey do wrong? Not in my eyes! Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn and of course, Cara Delevingne made their way down the catwalk wearing Burberry Prorsum’s newest offering and boy did it look good. The classic Burberry trench coat was offered in so many new styles that I found it hard choosing just four photos for this section! Trenches were offered in love heart prints (Bailey had aptly named the show ‘Trench Kisses’), leopard prints, studded, with metal collars and with rivets – the trench has an endless amount of reincarnations in Burberry’s world. Oxblood, navy and caramel colours made endless trips down the runway, skirts were pencil length and leopard prints were used in classy moderation. As always, the show was a lesson in English heritage and refined, classic, but modern dressing.
Ever since I picked up a Christopher Kane tshirt in a Selfridges sale, I have loved this brand. One of my only regrets is not purchasing this tshirt, as I know it would have still be a wardrobe favourite today, alas, one day. Camouflage prints (also seen at Whistles presentation for AW13) made strong appearances at Kane’s show, mixed in with beautiful furs, while delicate lace dresses in oxblood where juxtaposed with sumptuous velvet gowns with delicate trims. Brain motifs made later entrances into the collection along with dazzling embellished dresses. This collection gave a range of all Kane’s talents, proving he is not a one trick pony!
House of Holland
HOH’s collections regularly cause a-buzz during London Fashion Week because of their infectious brightness, mix of prints and trademark tee’s, his clothes embody a girl who is endless fun and doesn’t take fashion too seriously. Holland affectionately named his AW13 collection #RAVENANNA, (the best thing I’ve heard in a while) a term he penned after seeing young girls in the East End dress ‘like old ladies, wearing nighties and bovver boots’. This term, coupled with his other two inspirations, Summer of Love ’89 and Disco Sally, had many predicting that oodles of psychedelic prints would be on the menu, and they were not wrong. FROW-ers, Radio 1′s Nick Grimshaw, Pixie Geldof, Jamie Winstone and Daisy Lowe were treated to an eclectic cocktail of martini glass printed denim and acid orange fur lined parkas (prepare to be warm), which models strutted down a retro 70s carpet catwalk while music was pumped loudly through the venue (The House of Holland invites were printed on cassettes to mirror Henry’s belief that fashion and music crossover). Acid greens and crystal embellished evening wear (my personal favourite of the collection was the embellished purple gown) were strewn throughout the fun collection, however, silhouettes were ladylike creating a mix of the traditional and hedonistic. Of course, a House of Holland show could not pass without one catchphrase emblazoned piece of clothing, so a singular ‘Viva La Vibe!’ sweatshirt carried on the labels tradition and made its way onto Twitter in nanoseconds, that along with tortoiseshell shoes and the statement sunnies on display.
Peter Pilotto has exploded onto the fashion mainstream this year, with his collections being picked up by every major luxury department store that comes to mind. Spanish inspired pieces graced the catwalk first with bull fighter red’s and strong shouldered bolero jackets making regular appearances. This collection was all about the shoulder with voluminous overcoats, puffa jackets and heavily embroidered tops emphasised the area. Origami inspired folds and Pilotto’s signature mix of prints made the collection interesting, inspiring and original. My favourite little detail of the show was that all the models wore brogue’s, no heavy falls at this show!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my roundup of LFW’s AW13 collections, what was your favourite show?