London Makes a Splash for Spring!

London Fashion Week 2012

London Fashion Week played host to some of the most influential fashion designers in the world. Burberry, Mulberry, Roksanda Ilincic, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Phillip Treacy, Temperley and Matthew Williamson all showcased their long-awaited Spring-Summer 2013 collections in the fashion capital.

Burberry, Britain’s leading fashion house, once again showcased their traditional trench coat, this time in a new metallic light. The Spring-Summer ‘13 trenches consisted of rich, metallic colors in shades of fuchsia, purple and midnight blue. At the end of the show, an array of 28 models filed out in a line of metallic trench coats, giving the illusion of a psychedelic rainbow.

Pastel-colored garden gnomes and grass lined the Mulberry catwalk, complementing the explosion of floral featuring on almost every Mulberry piece. Oversized biker jackets, long pea coats and floral booties were some of the key pieces shown. From floral-printed handbags to a pooch wearing a Mulberry pea coat, this English garden was in full bloom.

Light lemons, dark tangerines and powdered pinks were some of the key colors in Roksanda Ilincic’s palette when she created her stylish works of art. Models donning straight hair and a natural look wore elegant dresses, blouses and skirts with a modern touch. Royal blue dresses were paired with dark tangerines and crisp whites providing a sharp color contrast.

Pretty lace and sheer fabrics toughened up by edgy spikes were the forerunners in the Christopher Kane collection, held on Oxford Street. Spring dresses with plastic overlays and six-inch sheer hems were executed in the most classic way. A powdery pink, sheer dress was seen on a model with slick black hair. This dress had touches of lace and sparkles, but the most striking feature of the ensemble was the black tape covering the front of the dress, producing a vague “Bride-of- Frankenstein” effect. Towering spiked stilettos added a final touch to the edgy look. Girly meets Goth.

The daring Erdem chose to forgo the digital floral prints that made his name, opting instead for a combination of lace, appliqué and snakeskin in toxic pastels and soft shades. Electrical hues gave an extra futuristic touch to this wearable and well-received collection.
After a twelve year absence, Phillip Treacy made a dramatic return to London Fashion Week. His collection was dedicated to Michael Jackson, Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, and opened by an outrageously dressed Lady Gaga. Models wore oversized fascinators, egg-shaped helmets and Minnie Mouse ears amongst other daring headpieces. Heavily embellished crystal jewelry also featured, the result of a successful collaboration between Treacy and Swarovski.

Entitled “Return to Elegance,” classic sophistication was the main theme at Temperley. Full skirts, nipped-in waists and swing coats gave a distinctly 1950s impression, while models adopted a young Sophia Loren look with short dark hair and thick eyebrows. Silks and sheer fabrics featured heavily, best exemplified by maxi skirts lined with light china blue and red stripes.

Matthew Williamson’s collection was a celebration of color, inspired by the Indian Holi Festival. Aquatic blues and lime greens dominated the collection, which featured tiny dresses, capris and ombre-patterned blazers. Most of the bottoms and mini dresses featured an exotic print inspired by Tibetan temples. One full-length dress featured a v-neck and flowing silk in layered shades of purple and blue.

Once again, London has proved its fashion prowess with stunning collections from these world-class designers. Jolly good show!

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