Friday, February 25, 2011

LFW - Be there or be square!

Well my first London Fashion Week as a London resident is over and my god has it been mental. I'm nearly sure most of my time was spent on transport trying to get from one place to another but Somerset House really did serve up a treat this time round, there was plenty of exhibitions and design showrooms to keep you occupied whilst waiting for the runway shows to 'bring it to life'. London always shows the most underground and ecclectic mix of designers of all the fashion weeks, so naturally you are going to have a lot of mixed reviews and this season is no different.

Christopher Kane experimented with new materials that made us reminisce our primary school days when we had pencil cases filled with liquid glitter. Bailey brought the wow factor yet again at Burberry. Howell brought back the classic British simplicity that has been missing for so many years. Erdem showed an intriguing dark side. Saunders showed that there is plenty of exciting young talent pushing the ever expanding fashion boundaries. There was no set trend and no set material but instead it was about mix'n'match, heavy leathers mixed with knitwear, soft cottons and heavy furs, chiffons and latex - one thing is certain, mixed media reigns and this time - anything goes!

The dark colours that normally rule the roost for A/W have been given a kick with electric tones of neon and brights, of course there was some minimalism, there always is, but this season the designers showed depth and brought some of Londons' inherent eccentricity to the forefront of fashion and onto the catwalk.

The curtains have barely fallen on LFW (in fact i'm nearly certain there are still a few parties going on amongst the young London it crowd) and already the models are 'strutting their stuff' in Milan for major fashion houses such as Prada, Fendi, Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana. What I wouldn't give to be there! Bliss...

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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