Good morning, my sweet readers! Yesterday’s post was all about the trends we got to see a week ago in London, today it’s all about the best shows! I’ve said it before, a million times, London is fun, colorful, bold, innovative, packed with talent and my personal favorite of the fashion capital bunch. This season, the trends and styles were right up my alley: candy hues, bombers, floral prints and textures. I’ve put together, like I did for NYFW, my top 10 collections from London. Here for you, the first five.
10. Remember how I always say that London is the perfect spot for young and emerging designers? Well, that’s exactly what Fashion East does (Meadham Kirchhoff, Jonathan Saunders and Holly Fulton are part of that “success” list). For the Spring 2014 collection, Ryan Lo, Claire Barrow, and Ashley Williams gave us a bold and fun show, packed with texture, colors and interesting aesthetics. Ryan Lo went with pastel colors and cake-like layers, completing the look with fluffy ears and fluffy tails. The texture clash and the styling were the cherry on top of those fabric angel cake creations (last look belongs to Ashley Williams).
9. Simone Rocha just keeps getting better at this! Her Fall 2013 collection gave us a taste of her creative and spot on constructions skills, her Spring 2014 collection was a mouthful. With a neutral color palette, Rocha played with shapes and volume, adding some feminine details such as pearl embroidery and some racier ones (slits and sheer pockets revealed some skin in a subtle way). Each and every one of the elaborate looks was paired up with a pair of knee-high, embellished stockings.
8. Just by taking a look at the runway you could tell we were in for a wild and fun ride, after all, it’s House of Holland. What we weren’t expecting was that beautiful texture and print clash. His inspiration? Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, the Los Angeles 90’s street style and my beloved Mexico City. The tattoo inspired prints were places beautifully in both ladylike looks and tougher ones. There was also Gingham, leopard and lace. The collection had a strong urban chic vibe and that purple lace number? That has my name written all over!
7. Now this was really different from what we usually get from Erdem. It was darker, it lacked color and the flowers, well the flowers didn’t feel as alive. And you know what? It was great and romantic anyway! Sheer fabrics were adorned with feathers and floral appliques. Floor-length gowns and midi dresses that oozed got the edge when paired up with biker jackets and bombers. Monochromatic layering got a major moment in the show, so did those bootie, sky-high platforms. Erdem Moralioglu went on completely different direction for Spring 2014 and we are really, really diggin’ it!
6. Queen of the prints, that exactly who Mary Katrantzou is and with every collection, she just keeps on proving it. The runway show started with a showstopper, who knew a shoe print could be so chic? Buckles, laces and leather were beautifully and digitally placed in Katrantzou’s elaborate frocks. Her shapes were as architectural as it can get and for the last part of the shows, Mary gave us what she does best: lively florals, short hemlines and volume. The highlight? They were all paired up with lace-up shoes with flower digital prints.
Tomorrow I will post my top 5 from LFW and then moving on to the MFW trends! Fashion month is almost over, let’s enjoy what’s left of it!
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