19.2.14

LFW: THE ROUND UP



As previously stated, home is where my heart is when it comes to a matter of fashion. Britain boasts an impressive and ever expanding number of fashion houses, specialising in creative and quirky designs. Take the late Alexander McQueen's quote above. With Britain's history so rich and full, British heritage is often called upon by creative directors to evoke the timelessness of Great Britannia whilst combining it with more modern history and current trends too. We may not be as chic and avant-garde as the French, or as decedent as the Italian's or even as effortless as the Americans, but what we do have is creativity.

The british are notoriously known for their eccentricity, and the Autumn Winter 14 collections didn't disappoint. Mixing historical references with quirky British style the collections were abundant with creativity and most of all individuality. Like the previous NYFW Round Up, find below my top 3  'big' designers shows of London Fashion Week Autumn / Winter 2014

JOHN ROCHA
Not to be overshadowed by his up  and coming daughter, Simone, the original Rocha designer John presented a ladylike yet sophisticatedly edgy collection. Mixing laser cut leather in black and white with avant-garde, over exaggerated silhouettes, the whole collection had an air of mystery and dark romance. As I pre-empted, sheer panelling seems to be a reoccurring trend for AW14, and Hong Kong born John Rocha included subtle skin revealing area's amongst his collection. For me, although the collection did fit with the quirky British aesthetic, I feel some of the silhouettes would be at home at Paris Fashion Week, never a bad thing in my fashion book.

MARIO SCHWAB
It appears that Gothic / grunge will appear for another Autumn / Winter later this year in accordance with Mario Schwab's collection. The Greco-Austrian designer, who studied in Berlin and then Central St Martin's, presented a Craft-esque collection combining leather, lingerie and lace. Not  unlike London Collection: Man, fetish seems to be a prominent theme for Autumn / Winter, seen here with the inclusion of chokers and chains. Already a favourite of street stylers, chokers are a definite way to combine fetish with fashion. I can definitely see this collection being used in editorials in StyleNoir, and imitated by many a high street store.

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
Queen of quintessentially British fashion, Dame Vivienne Westwood showed a heritage collection this season, with the majority of looks playing homage to archive pieces from the Pagan Years, especially the collection of 1987. The Harris Tweed heavy collection was surprisingly commercial with several staple pieces and pearl accessories, however the tartan accents echo Westwood's former Punk days. Although I may be biased. this collection was my absolute favourite of the LFW offerings, with tartan, velvet and the combination of sophisticated yet edgy fashion topping my Autumn . Winter wardrobe wishlist.

As previously expressed, London Fashion Week is always my favourite of the four, and this season did not disappoint. The high end designer's perfectly combined our historically rich heritage with the creative flair seen on our vibrant streets. I also attended several shows at Vauxhall Fashion Scout, the home of emerging fashion talent, which I will 'round up' in the coming days, before the penultimate week in Milan and my own travels to Paris!


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