Welcome to the highlights from Day 3 of London Fashion Week. Shows such as Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Topshop Unique, Preen by Thornton and Jonathan Saunders took place, and they certainly did not disappoint as you would expect from some of the UK’s finest designers and labels!
Lets start off with ISSA. Since making their LFW debut in 2006, they have gone from strength to strength and can certainly boast their talents in making feminine yet edgy dresses for women.
With autumnal tones, similar to Julien Macdonald, ISSA created a collection that is perfect for any evening occasion in the Autumn/Winter season this year. Some of the dresses in ISSA’s collection is filled with such detail, it’s hard to say that they’re anything but gorgeous but still quite simple. Frayed, stringy detailing on the sides of some of the gowns give a twinkle of uniqueness that ISSA will be remembered for.
Second in Day 3’s LFW highlights is iconic designer, Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label. Craziness ensued as Westwood created a collection that is unique in itself but still in the style that Westwood works best in.
Her Red Label, which started back in 1993, is her only show that premiers in London, as her main label remains in Paris – but is nevertheless impressive as always. None of her collection is provocative as femininity might suggest, but the shapes in some of the dresses and co-ords accentuate and compliment any figure on any woman. The designs and colours might be a bit out-there, but in true Westwood style – her Red Label is as impressive as ever, as daring as it may be!
Mary Kantrantzou is adored all over the world for her print-crazy designs, primarily in her dresses. From previous celebrity fans such as Alexa Chung, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Keira Knightley, Kantrantzou has come a long way since her debut in 2008.
However, in comparison to previous seasons that have used patterns that have been everything but understated, Kantrantzou turns her heel on vibrant, outlandish and crazy and walks towards prints that are more muted, more downplayed. Many have questioned this turn but I think it’s quite refreshing; it’s fitting for the season as well as being very complimentary and still as idiosyncratic as ever.
High street favourites, Topshop, brought their brand Topshop unique to London Fashion Week and made quite the impression on critics and fans.
Bringing out a collection that is the epitome of ‘high end country girl’, Topshop Unique’s AW15-16 collection was quite impressive. Brown/orange tones combined with patent blues and dull greys made up their collection at London Fashion Week, but were combined together in a way that allowed us to think that Topshop Unique were inspired by the modern take of 70s style. I personally really like it and think they did a good job of creating a collection that should be taken very seriously.
Finally, a designer that needs an honourable mention is Phoebe English.
Her presentation that took place on Sunday was a great way to show English’s unique ability to create womenswear with great style and form. In her AW15-16 collection, English showed some ghost-like silhouettes in sheer material to create unique shapes in dresses that are unseen in other work. The slight gothic edge to her collection adds to the previous darkness she has created previously, but with her improvement shown in this collection, English a successful career ahead of her.
Day 4 – coming up!