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London Fashion Week!

Hi everybody!

I took a bit of a leave of absence a little over a month ago because I was going to be moving and traveling, but now that I'm settled into my new home in London, I'll be able to be an active poster, posting every Saturday! For my first post in London, I thought it'd be appropriate for me to cover London Fashion Week (especially since I missed out on all the fun of New York Fashion Week).

Below I've put together a bunch of looks from the various shows to give you a taste of London Fashion Week. My favorites have been bolded, and I will comment on them at the bottom of the post.

Amanda Wakeley, Amanda Wakeley, Aminaka Wilmont
Basso and Brooke, Basso and Brooke, Burberry Prorsum

Christopher Kane, Erdem, Erdem
Fashion East, Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden, Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden

Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden, Felder Felder, Felder Felder
Giles, Giles, Holly Fulton

House of Holland, House of Holland, Issa London
Issa London, Jasper Conran, Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou, Matthew Williamson, Matthew Williamson
Matthew Williamson, Matthew Williamson, Matthew Williamson

Paul Costelloe, Paul Costelloe, Paul Costelloe
PPQ, Paul Smith, Paul Smith

Roksanda Ilincic, Roksanda Ilincic, Roksanda Ilincic
Todd Lynn, Twenty8Twelve, Twenty8Twelve

Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Vivienne Westwood Red Label
Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Basso and Brooke - I am a sucker for patterned fabric on the runway, and I think that the designer used the pattern to great effect here. I also really like the interest in the neckline and the contrasted stiff looking bodice with the full skirt.
Burberry Prorsum - I LOVE this take on the classic Burberry trench coat. I think that it stays true to the basic Burberry look, but makes it a bit more exciting with the black trim and the vivid blue belt.
Giles - This look (and the next look) are just really fun for me. They're glorious poofy princess dresses. Actually their silhouettes look like they're echoing a ballerina's tutu. Also, I love this color of grey and the textured fabric.
Holly Fulton - I can't really explain why I love this look so much, but I'm really drawn to it. I like the simple blouse paired with that full and bold patterned skirt, I think. And I think it's styled really well. I love the necklace.
House of Holland - I LOVE this dress. A lot of runway fashioned is fantasy, but this dress, I could see myself wearing. Purple is my favorite color, and I just think the fabric is fantastic. I like that the design of the dress itself is fairly simple. A complicated design would just be overwhelmed by the intense pattern.
Mary Katrantzou - I shrank the images so they would fit on the blog, so I'm not sure if you can tell, but the fabric on these dresses actually depict interior spaces. It's very clever and interesting to look at.
Matthew Williamson (1) - In case you couldn't tell by all the Matthew Williamson looks I included, I loved this collection. I picked this design to talk about because I love the straps/bodice. If you look closely you'll see that the ropey cords that function as the straps are then woven together to form the top part of the bodice. I LOVE IT. I think it's a fantastic neckline.
Matthew Williamson (2) - I chose this look because I really like the colors. I think they looks really sharp and bold together. Also, I'm a fan of the feathery quality to the skirt.
Paul Smith (1) - This look reads VERY 1960s to me (if the colors and fabric were a bit different I could see Betty wearing this on Mad Men), and I love it. I'm such an old lady sometimes.
Paul Smith (2) - Ok, I actually think this is in my top 3 looks for the entirety of London Fashion Week. And I can't even explain it. Maybe it's that shade of purple that calls to me. Or maybe it's the adorable bit of polka dots peeking out at near the hem. I don't know. I just know that I love this look.
Todd Lynn - The thing that I like about this look is that it looks so simple. Just a grey, one shouldered dress. But then you look at the draping, and it all seems so very intentional and precise and almost architectural.
Twenty8Twelve - This is my #1 favorite look from all of Fashion Week. I love it all. I love the square neckline and the structured bodice. I love the full skirt, and most of all I love that bit of bright pink at the bottom.
Vivienne Westwood - As you can tell, I liked a lot of looks from Vivienne Westwood's collection, but I wanted to point out this one in particular. The last three looks all appear to be made from brocade fabric, which is a heavy kind of fabric, and in this dress, the fabric looks like it has been molded or sculpted. I just really think it's a great effect.

If you're interested in looking at more from a specific designer or just browsing the collections, visit http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/. To get to the galleries, just pick a designer and then find their galleries.

Image source: catwalking.com


Jen said...

Wow, so much to love! This week has been so busy so I haven't been able to keep up with London Fashion Week. I'm glad you posted this!

I love the floral prints and flowy fabrics. I really love the Giles dresses (big skirts!). I also adore Vivienne Westwood Red Label's style. So many pretty things!

Great post and welcome back! :)

Casee Marie said...

Welcome back, Karen! We missed you! xo

I haven't had much time to check out the London FW shots either, so this is greatly appreciated. I did see Christopher Kane, which I loved, but it's so hard to get a good understanding of the fabric in photos. It's some sort of vinyl covering leather or something? I think that's what I read. Loved House of Holland, Mary Katrantzou, Paul Smith (can totally see that first one on Bettes), Twenty8Twelve, and definitely Vivienne Westwood. Gorgeous post!

Closet Fashionista said...

I love all these looks! So great :D :D

Anonymous said...

Lovely post! I have to say I'm really loving the dresses from Erdem, Giles and Vivienne Westwood Red Label. My favorite has to be VW's black dress. I had completely forgotten about London Fashion week, so your post was great! :)

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Missy M said...

oh i agree with all your favs!

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minnja said...

Loooove it :))))


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Kristin said...

Vivienne Westwood usually always speaks to me!

Nubia said...

These all have something special I love how you get into detail with all of them. Vivienne is always one of my favs

Ans said...

Happened to be there, was truly wonderful!!!

Lena said...

Vivienne Westwood Red Label is the ideal ...... the beautiful dresses:)

are also a nice gray dress from Roksanda Ilincic and Todd Lynn

Matthew Williamson-very ethnic, natural, light and feminine:)

Giles-beautifully feminine like a fairy tale:)

I also like the dress Erdem and Fashion East:)


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