By Roy Fu
Shortly after the New York fashion week, the fashion baton was passed onto London Fashion Week, showcasing its best designers and their amazing collections. Through out the week, London has been enriched by fashionista around the globe and their youthful and new ideas. From Burberry to Mulberry, every brand and designer that participated flaunted everything they’ve been working so hard on up to the shows. Numerous of stunning and untraditional concepts have been presented this year, which would not be achievable without the talented designers that made fashion week an experience, to find yourself lost in an artist’s greatest craftsmanship.
One of my favorites was Burberry. We all know how classic Burberry is but Chris Bailey took this year’s show in London to a different level. Inspired by Virgina Woolf’s “Orlando,” the collection of clothes which took in Elizabethan-style tunic bodices, 18th-century cavalry jackets, Thirties-style patterned pajama silks and rose pink velvet dinner jackets also marks the first “see now, buy now” runway from the British heritage brand — meaning if you like what you see, you can find it now at Burberry.
Taking inspiration from the British classroom, Mulberry’s new collection is all about ruffles and stripes. Although Mulberry is best known for its luxury bags, Johnny Coca, the creative director behind the brand, made sure that the clothes were just as fascinating as the bags and filled his catwalk with tailoring and collegiate style stripes reimagined in a host of new shapes and rich autumnal colours. The stripes also featured on the brand’s much-coveted leather handbags, which this season came either oversized or as a boxy little accessory.
Another collection to turn our heads toward is the flea market inspired collection by Topshop Unique. This year, Topshop held their premium show back to local fashion’s old stamping ground and staged a show in the heart of Spitalfields Market in London. The new collection included sophisticated renditions of 1980s punk-meets-New-Wave looks, inspired by two of the most popular nightclub venues of the era. Kate Phelan, Topshop Unique’s creative director, also mentions “the waist has come back into play” as she spoke about the new narrower trousers that sits high on the waist. These new trousers are a take on bodycon, making it about feeling sexy and powerful but not provocative. In addition to the rails of colourful catwalks the premium line, will be offered in a ready-to-buy model and was available to purchase online immediately afterwards or alongside a pop-up shop next to the show space