Follow us around London Fashion Week, as we explore new emerging designers, iconic street style and the upcoming fashion trends…
EMERGING BRITISH DESIGNERS
Though it seems that the scheduled catwalks shows, including famous British fashion houses such as J.W.Anderson, Erdem and Burberry are most captured by the press, what goes on off-schedule during London Fashion Week – at young designer’s fashion presentations – is definitely worth mentioning. Heavy prints, asymmetrical hemlines and royal fabrics are defining the off-schedule runways this season.
Just behind, Strand – the official location of London Fashion Week this year – was the Contemporary Society of Arts where the AW17 presentations of the emerging designers, MINKI, Judy Wu, Steven Tai and Ekaterina Kukhareva, took place. Crowded with young, enthusiastic bloggers and journalists, the location got well-deserved attention.
The MINKI presentation was a mix of an explosion of colours, moving images and bouncy music, which perfectly melted together with the designs. Statement pieces with a recognisable use of fabrics, shapes and colours throughout the collection.
The Judy Wu collection presented deep orange and earthy tones. Gorgeous dresses of soft materials, with structured layers and a striped theme lead the collection.
Steven Tai created a clean white setting to present his latest work. Sharp cut, minimalistic designs. Stiff materials and forms, accompanied with subtle lace and pleats.
Our favourite young designer, Ekatarina Kukhareva, received tremendous press, as she presented her AW17 collection in a gorgeous setting filled with flowers, which harmonised perfectly with her designs. A romantic collection of beautifully knitted dresses in the shades of blue, green and soft pink created a perfect blend.
The diversity in models, including children, complemented the presentation as a whole.
SABINNA presented an outstanding AW17 collection on the runway with shades of blush pink and red velvet. The London-based label was founded by Russian-born and Austrian-raised, Sabinna Rachimova and business partner, David Reischer.
The simple settings of Alex S Yu Studio’s presentation, complimented the bright colours, graphic prints and conceptual designs.
Freemasons’ Hall transformed in a breathtaking setting for the ANNDERSTAND catwalk show. Founder Ge Yu is inspired by independent woman, oriental fusion and soft rock music. The brand aims to produce design-led pieces with confident attitude and a cutting-edge style. ANNDERSTAND’s AW17 collection translated that vision in classic pantsuits, knee length skirts and wool coats combined with shiny metallic details.
A/W 2017 TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
Floral designs are always a favourite in both SS as well as AW collections. This season was no exception with fine knitted floral dresses and embroidered details spotted in the collections of Mulberry, Topshop, Ekatarina Kukhareva and Mary Katrantzou.
Purple, violet and lilac dominated the London AW17 catwalk, as seen in the collections of JW Anderson, Roland Mouret, Temperley and Ekatarina Kukhareva. Often – the more shades of purple combined in one outfit – the better.
The cape is not a completely unfamiliar item in AW seasons, though it seems as if this piece is making a comeback. Capes are seen in different lengths, colours and materials on various catwalks. Burberry topped it off with 78 couture capes, embellished with lace, pearls, feathers and beads. Pringle of Scotland, Roksanda, ANNDERSTAND and Preen also combined capes in their AW17 collections.
- ASYMMETRICAL LINES
From hemline to neckline, skirts to dresses to capes and small details. We spotted asymmetrical lines on quite a few catwalks, including Christopher Kane, Judy Wu, Burberry.
The 1980’s-style metallic continues. We have seen various interpretations of this style on this season’s catwalk. Designers as JW Anderson, Emelia Wickstead, Topshop, ANNDERSTAND included everything from shiny stripes to full silver metallic coats and dresses combined with sequins and leather detailing.
Velvet was found in all colours, shapes, coats, capes and dresses. The velvet trend is not going anywhere and will continue this upcoming AW season, as spotted on the catwalks of Mary Katrantzou, SABINNA, Erdem, Peter Pilotto.