I always think that when a brands collection can be predicted it’s not even worth talking about. While New York Fashion Week stunned with lots of brands visibly coming out of their shells and finally waking up in the city that DID indeed sleep, in London designers played it safe and stuck very closely to their signatures.
London is always thought of as the innovative fashion capital, but to everyones surprise this season it mostly disappointed.
However they were still some designers that stood out from the crowd.
JW Anderson stunned once again with his collection throwing together a clean-out-the-fridge soup of mixed references from King Henry VIII (should women have a problem with this?), the Tudor Court and some mental health references (see the buckle belt jackets) and some kind of modern hippie thanks to tie die dipped dresses. Favourite of all times is the linen maxi handkerchief dress!
House of Holland has always had a special relationship with Gingham, but this year it decided to tie Gingham down with gingham belts as chokers and gingham layering. Gingham Galore. A great array of mesh dresses with embroidered flowers made their way down the runway adding an edgy and romantic touch to the collection.
If the European Renaissance had gotten to Cuba, Peter Pilotto would have been in the middle of it. Tropical themes, like palms, embroidered on metallic lace dresses and layered over gold baroque skirts, that just want to be shot in front of be shot in front of a pink classic car on the streets of Havana
This seasons Roksanda had the most heavenly colour shades and combination. Very sophisticated and reworked athleisure, some sort of tennis pro going to a gala dinner wearing silk dresses. Hard for me to choose which one is my favourite - does it even matter? I’ll wear all of it together!!!
Also, a refreshing break from from this seasons gingham haze.
Worth mentioning: Crocs at Christopher Kane. Now I’m the first to admire unconventional footwear or designs, but we had finally almost made it to the point were adults were banned from wearing crocs out on the streets - why oh why would we bring that back?! Is this the end of creativity? Do we just go back over and over again, pulling out old pieces and barely reworking them infinitely?