While I sadly wasn’t anywhere near the frow, coveting the latest It-bag and hiding behind my Chanel sunnies, with a Starbucks strawberry frap (light darling) in hand, I’ve been poring over magazines, newspapers, Twitter and other fashion blogs to get my London Fashion Week fix.
The designers, the A lists, the bloggers, the paps, the models, the late-runners, the after-parties, Vogue’s Fashion Night Out, the minute-by-minute tweets and coverage and of course, the clothes, the shoes, the accessories and Vivienne Westwood in a pirate get-up. These are all the things that have made the past week a flurry of anticipation, excitement and no doubt, have created mental wish-lists in every fashionista’s mind.
If I blogged about every single show, we’d be here all day and possibly all week, so I give you my top five favourites…believe me, it was tough to whittle it down. Enjoy!
The Sixties are set to make a repeat appearance next Spring/Summer with tunic dresses, mini skirts and bold psychedelic prints all making their way down the catwalk. Founded in 1992 by Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker, Pretty Personal Question (PPQ) is infamous for its’ smocks and evening cocktail dresses. Still paying hommage to its’ signature lines, the SS13 collection features floaty swing dresses and flowing dip hem gowns (keep this summers’ in your wardrobes) in bursts of lime green and sorbet pinks and oranges. They’ve also given the breton stripe a modern twist à la Brigitte Bardot, with figure-hugging shift dresses and wide-brimmed summer hats. Ooh la la!
Vivienne Westwood Red Label
It wouldn’t be a Vivienne Westwood show without something bizarre, extravagant and OTT and boy, did she not disappoint. Her SS13 collection is somewhat more sophisticated and prim and proper than that of previous with fitted suits, high-waisted pencil skirts and cat-suits. It looked all very Jackie O, with the models wearing white satin gloves and headscarves, while carrying pill box clutches and doctor bags. However, Westwood hasn’t lost her eccentric touch as the models sported thick brows with heavy eye make-up in hues of electric blue and green and pillar-box red lipstick. Some even had their whole faces painted entirely yellow geisha-style. The former punk herself closed the show by walking down the catwalk in short shorts and a white tee bearing ‘Climate Revolution’ across it, with a gold beaded leopard print hat covering her fiery hair and a slap-dash moustache painted across her top lip. Dame Westwood might be crazier than a box of frogs but she’s undeniably the Queen of British Fashion.
Flying the flag for the high street, Topshop Unique has come into its’ own, going from strength to strength at every Fashion Week. Monochrome is one word to describe their SS13 pieces but never fear Topshop fans, black and white doesn’t mean boring. Neutrals were the predominant colours throughout the whole collection but from slouchy over-sized jumpers to boxy padded jackets and metallic shift dresses, it had a definite ready-to-wear feel about it. Topshop took advantage of this and allowed guests and shoppers watching at home to use the ‘watch, click, buy’ method, so they could nab pieces as soon as they went down the catwalk. Nice touch. The collection overall had an almost space-age feel to it with metallic pointed heels and over-sized clutch bags, hinting that this will be one of SS13’s trends. Haute-couture needs to watch its’ back.
The British brand has done well to rid itself of its’ somewhat chavvy image in recent years (Daniella Westbrook anyone?!) with Emma Watson and Rosie Huntington Whiteley as current faces of the brand. It’s now one of the most popular shows at LFW, with A listers fighting to be on the frow. The infamous Burberry trench coat was as prominent as ever in an array of Quality Street style colours from fuchsia pink, deep purples and cerulian blues. Capes in their iconic taupe colour as well as metallics were also another feature along with military style dresses with cinch-waist belts and peplum style skirts. Yes, it’s here to stay for another season. Sophisticated, classic, timeless are all words to describe Burberry but their SS13 has edge and sharpness to it. Burberry have set a precedent- 2009 Military style is back so expect to see it all over the high street next spring.
Last but not least, on the final day of LFW, we had British heritage at its’ best. Paying hommage to its’ roots, Mulberry transformed Claridge’s ballroom into an English countryside complete with garden gnomes. Alexa Chung, Lana Del Rey and Kate Moss were all present (naturally) in the frow, all coveting their latest It-bags. Inspiration for this SS13 collection was again taken from yesteryears, with a distinct Seventies vibe. Pastels and sorbet colours reared their head again with spearmint green boucle jackets and ditzy print florals. If you’re after girly for next season, Mulberry is your go-to girl. Not to mention their lusted-after bags…
So that’s my take on LFW SS13, what were your favourite shows/designers?
Don’t forget there’s also Vodafone London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House from 20- 23 September. Choose between a shop, shop and goodie bag (which are always awesome) shop and catwalk (a designer highlight show with usually a famous presenter) or bag the whole lot. Tickets are still available, I believe and prices start from as little as £15. Go with your friends, pick up your goodie bag, sip a glass of champagne in the beauty lounge, do a bit of celeb spotting and wander through Somerset House’s beautiful rooms filled to the brim with designer and high street gems. There’s discounts on vintage goods and it’s always worth checking out the pop-up tents outside to check out new and little-known designers.
You never know, you might end up with a piece from the next big thing.