With the New York shows offering little excitement, I eagerly awaited my homelands offerings. Fortunately, I was not disappointed! London's 'edgy' vibe was ever-present and the gothic seeds sewn by Marc Jacobs and Thom Browne in New York the previously week flourished this week in London. Although it was not uncommon for the fashion to get more 'gothic' as the weather does in Autumn / Winter, this year the fashion took a far darker turn with the return of Gareth Pugh and the seemingly end to the grunge revival. In it's pace we see inspiration from a century earlier, with Victorian inspired silhouettes.
After an 8 year hiatus from the catwalk, Pugh took London Fashion Week by storm and gave the eagerly awaiting audience an atmospheric fashion show reminiscent of his previous grand scale productions. An all black colour palette with feather and silver chain accents, Pugh's return to the fashion scene was dark and beautiful. Striking red cross makeup contrasted to the all black outfits, and although the looks were dramatic, they were all surprisingly wearable. Or at least it can serve as inspiration for a more wearable version based upon these looks.
The collection was reminiscent of Gile's earlier work, of which Vogue.co.uk described the show as Giles "returning to 'traditional' Giles territory and gave us gothic Victoriana vibes that were just as sinister as they were spectacular". Again, looking to the past for inspiration for the future of fashion seems to be a recurrent trend for Autumn Winter 15, and this is evident in Giles collection. The monochrome palette, combined with the frilled and pussybow collars and pinafore style dresses feels very Victorian. The black lip complimented the monochrome palette, another beauty look I will eagerly recreate come the colder months.
Whilst London based design house Felder Felder too looked into the past for inspiration, unlike the previous designers, the two sisters who founded the brand looked a little more recently. This collection had definite rock'n'roll, 70s vibes with floaty silhouettes and furs. Black lace featured heavily, as did sheer black textures. The beauty look, provided by Zoeva, was described as Rock Glam, with smokey eyes and a nude lip, perhaps a more wearable beauty look in comparison to the two previous designers.
Overall, London as I had expected, filled my with style inspiration and the desire to skip Summer altogether so as to wear these trends as soon as possible. There is a definite air that it's goodbye grunge and greetings to gothic in terms of fashion for fall, and the designers are daring us to be dramatic with our beauty looks in order to match the drastic fashion that accompanies it.
image source - vogue.co.uk