Day 2 of London Fashion Week seemed to be as jam packed and exciting as the first, with some of the big dogs in fashion starting to worm their way to custom locations and the white floors of Freemasons Hall and Somerset House – it’s bound to be a good season.
Emilia Wickstead brought pastel heaven to London Fashion Week as she premiered her AW15-16 collection with creams, pastel blues and contrasting orange tartan prints.
Most of her pieces showed the balance between a general oversized piece which has been since at the waist by a belt in the same tone. This was a general rule within the coats that the models wore on the catwalk as dresses synched naturally, creating a laid-back look in some of her pieces, with a soft, neutral feel that will bring the lightness of Spring into Autumn and Winter.
Next up is Julien Macdonald who brought a seductive air to his collection.
His collection, dotted with black details including arm-length gloves and scarves, was a mixture of warm autumnal tones, such as magenta, burnt orange, green and royal blue. It’s an impressive collection by Macdonald that is on the complete other end of the spectrum from Emilia Wickstead’s feminine chic. Cut-outs and embellishments ruled the roost over his collection, especially in the black gowns and pieces that started the show.
Sticking with darkness, Simone Rocha – a favourite of mine – brought a brocade twist on LFW so far.
Her pieces, which are a colour combination of black, dark grey, brown, red and pink, were another notch in a great career for Rocha. While there was a uniform style in Rocha’s AW15-16 collection, a diversity in colours, similar to Macdonalds’ aforementioned collection, bring a versatility in Rocha’s designing style that is note-worthy. The feminine but also laid-back shapes in her longline jackets and dresses are something that are going to be extremely popular next season, and is a style seen in many others’ work.
Bringing it back to pastels and shimmer, Holly Fulton’s collection has a fun feel to it, and is resemblant of a wardrobe that would be in the ‘Clueless’ film if it were set in the 60s.
Compared to some of the others, Holly Fulton’s collection looks light and airy and almost Summery. We must respect designers like Fulton who manage to pull of an extremely interesting and unique approach to Autumn/Winter fashion, considering what it is normally like. What I love most about Fulton’s collection are the shapes in some of the pieces; the boxiness of the tops to the the slight a-line dresses that work well with the casual approach to rain macs and light jackets, which we’ll be needing a lot of in September!
I have always admired Gareth Pugh’s work. From his previous silver-dusted collections to shows that have been induced with darkness, his Alexander McQueen-like take on fashion is something that is brave, inspirational and simply amazing.
As I’m a huge fan of grunge and gothic subculture in fashion, Pugh’s AW15-16 collection did not disappoint me at all. After many years of showing his work in Paris, Pugh returned to London and brought the house down. His goth vibes that have a sense of patriarchy within them were different to what we have seen from LFW so far, but the feministic approach to his dramatic show overall allowed us to welcome Pugh back to London in the best way we know how: endless rivers of praise.
Stay tuned for Day 3…