LONDON FASHION WEEK A/W’2015-2016: DAY 3
Day 3 at London Fashion Week saw fashion houses like Mulberry, Pringle of Scotland take pride in their English heritage and showcased collections which made their essence felt but in modern mannerisms. While other designers went on a retro revival as shown in the collections of Matthew Williamson and Topshop. Here’s a brief rundown of the collections showcased on Day 3:
Mulberry: Under the design team of Mulberry, which will soon be headed by Johnny Coca in July, the English luxury brand delivered refined elegance on the runway. Taking inspiration from the Georgian era that possessed architectural elements from the Rococo and Neo-Classical era, they showcased a great deal of craftsmanship in terms of garment fabrications. The filigree motif was showcased in the collection and the colour scheme was minimal as black, grey, bubble-gum pink made their appearance on the runway. The Roxette bag was used to accessorize the warm and wintry looks. A range of garments in different fabrications like a fleece coat, a soft and fluffy Alpaca sweater, leather definitely cozied up the London weather.
Claire Barrow: The collection under this emerging designer was called ‘High Flyers’. “It’s about empowering women,” she said. “The corporate world is creeping into the creative world of London.” Previously known for her hand-painted leather pieces showcased at Fashion East three years ago, this season she opted for screen printed leather. These were paired with bandeau tops, dresses and pajama trousers. The collection comprised of a lot of bright shades like red, sandy yellow, light blue along with black. Garments showcased had a sense of airiness and freedom to them.
Aspinal of London X Être Cécile: A creative collaboration where Aspinal of London known for its classic & luxurious English accessories paired up with a brand that stands for fashionable women. The result was a showcase of some great bags that would stand ideal for the Autumn/Winter’15 runway. There was a bold use of contrasting colours, plaid prints and graphics. Animal hyde like calf leather and soft-Napa gave structure to the finely crafted bags.
Matthew Williamson: The collection presented by the designer had a 1980’s Bohemian-luxe feel to it. A range of garments in feminine prints were inspired by the concept of zodiac signs and florals. The designer stayed true to his signature elements like embroidery and beads with silhouettes of the 1970s’.The colour palate saw lots of teal, pinks, lilacs and mustards. The looks were accessorized with matching fringed boots. Shearling was generously used from coats, collars to the sleeves for a completely luxurious look. From silk embellished dresses, chiffon-silk thigh-slit outfits, animal-print jumpsuits, the collection possessed an exotic appeal with its prints and colours.
Temperley London: The collection had a nomadic and flowy appeal with a colour palate ranging from neutrals like white, cream, black to bright colours like blue and mustard yellow to metallic in gold, silver and wine. The designer showcased a lot of versatility from floral embroidery on velvet and sheer fabrics, animal prints in jacquard, bold geometric prints to embellished dresses. It also featured pants like harem and regular-fit, paired with animal skin-textured jackets and long tops. The makeup was kept nude with pink-tinted lips.
Topshop Unique: Keeping it cozy as models walked down in snug shearling coats and leather jackets, the collection had a retro revival with an Eighties feel. From floral dresses with knee-length boots, black mini velvet dresses, taupe vinyl flared pants and coats, plaid print on skirts and jackets it definitely was a throwback to the good-old charm. The colour palate was white, taupe, gold, cream and ivory.
Belstaff: The British brand presented cozy and comfortable outfits which were inspired by Amelia Earhart & Amy Johnson. Models showcased the collection alongside military parachutes. Garments were incorporated with fur and woolen bouclé to create chic yet simple outerwear. Luxuriously soft fabrics like shearling as shown in the winter coats and jacket linings were featured on the runway. There was a taste of androgyny as it combined soft and cozy fabrics to give a feminine appeal but at the same time it showcased masculine silhouettes with angular cuts. The colour palate was set in neutral tones of white, black and grey.
Pringle of Scotland: Massimo Nicosia, the creative head of the heritage brand celebrated 200 years of the fashion house with a collection that displayed its identity in modern mannerisms. The colour palate was wintry and neutral in shades of black, white, cream and grey. The designer showcased a variety of chunky knits across low-waist argyle skirt, argyle knit sweaters with fur incorporated into them, cable-knit skirts. Innovatively, shreds of mink fur was also incorporated onto the chunky knits which perfectly blended traditional winter wear with modernity.
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