The London Fashion Week SS15 Style List
Following on from the giant that is New York, London Fashion Week proved a formidable force, with the heavyweight designers like Christopher Kane and Erdem showing a more grown-up side with collections that were at once both commercial yet expertly directional, and leaving plenty of room for the newer kids on the fashion block to be that bit more experimental. And with Marchesa hopping back across the pond to celebrate the brand's 10th anniversary, Stella McCartney presenting her Green Carpet Collection show, not to mention the Harrods Shoe Heaven launch party, it's been a super-stylish whirlwind, getting fashion-fans set for a Spring Summer 2015 season of modern florals, utilitarian detailing and a sports luxe edge.
The SS15 Shows…
Head of Content and Editorial Maria Milano shares her hot tickets for the season: "From Matthew Williamson's listed Westminster venue with its frescoed ceilings to Burberry's specially-erected high-tech tent in the middle of Hyde Park, London's designers treat show-goers to some seriously spectacular architecture on top of their stand-out collections."
Presenting in the entrance tunnel to King's Cross station, Whistles served up some sleek style delights, with a clear emphasis on sport and streetwear, while giving a nod to its new men's line, with some key looks interspersed with the womenswear. Meanwhile, tipping the scales at the romantic end of the style spectrum, Marchesa celebrated their 10 years with an uber collection, cascading with frothy tulle, applique and puff sleeves, with a folky-twist.
For accessories, Sophia Webster took her guests on a jungle rave trip for SS15 - think clashing prints and a rainbow of textures, while Markus Lupfer journeyed to California for his sunshine hued surf dudes collection.
Bringing an elegant formality to the shows, Marios Schwab delivered a more architectural collection with a sports luxe edge, while Matthew Williamson took a lighter approach to eveningwear channeling those carefree 70s vibes with backless halters, jacket and hotpant combos, in a fountain of prints and bright hues.
Meanwhile, with a shift from the evening gowns synonymous with the brand, Temperley London revealed "A time of evolution," for the label - merging the mainline with Alice by Temperley and presenting a strong tailoring story running throughout, as master of tailoring Paul Smith did a more relaxed take on the silhouette, with a collection which focused on fringing, stripes and utility elements.
Maria says: "My favourite day of London Fashion Week is always the Monday when the heavyweights take over the schedule. Erdem, Roksanda Illincic, Antonio Berardi and Burberry were some of my favourites this season."
A "Vision of opulence within turbulence;" Antonio Berardi explored the dichotomy of contrast, the masculine and feminine, the soft and the structured, expertly executed in an mesmerising array of abstract florals and whisps of sheer chiffon layers encrusted with sequins.
It was all about 'The Birds and The Bees,' for Burberry SS15 Christopher Bailey worked his charm in high-gloss definition with an expert mix of high-low fabrics playing out in denim paired with chiffon, brightly printed trenches, while for evening think a tiered tulle dress in ombre shades. And, matching the mega-watt palette, at Issa, Pop Art was the inspiration with motif-adorned dresses in lace and organza.
For the hot ticket on the schedule, Christopher Kane revisited his previous ideas of rope detailing, embellishing it across dresses and through hemlines and cuffs, while for evening, "Controlled explosion dresses" were called out by the designer and came with bursts of tulle tutus in a colour palette of black, blue and burgundy.
See all the SS15 Show reports
A firm favourite with editors and designers alike, Sam Rollinson stormed LFW walking for all the top shows.
"Front-runner for London's top trend is florals. Hardly a novelty for Spring Summer, but the designers at Erdem, Matthew Williamson, Antonio Berardi, Paul Smith, Mulberry and Burberry each gave them their own unique twist," says Maria.
The Front Row...
"Poppy Delevingne, Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo were out in full force this season, clocking up appearances at Whistles, Matthew Williamson, Erdem and Burberry. It was a thrill to see Kate Moss walk into the Burberry tent," Maria shares.
And the place to hang-out? "The Chiltern Firehouse shows no signs of waning as the celebrity hangout du jour, even during a packed LFW schedule."
What The Fashion Crowd Are Wearing…
Taking inspiration straight off the runways, the fash pack are all about the knots - think knotted belts, knotted bracelets, knotted handkerchieves worn as wrist-bands, even knotted tops.
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