Real Style - - A Tale Of Four Cities -

Lon­don hasn’t al­ways got­ten as much at­ten­tion as Europe’s other two fash­ion cap­i­tals, but one thing is for sure, long be­fore blog­gers and In­sta­gram­mers were obsessed with street style, it was sim­ply in this city’s DNA. From the mods to the punks and The New Ro­man­tics, Lon­don’s mu­sic and cul­tural scenes have al­ways in­flu­enced pop­u­lar cul­ture at large. It’s no sur­prise then that the pre­vail­ing mood here is that of unique and quirky style with an em­pha­sis on the dark and ro­man­tic. Alexan­der McQueen was a mas­ter of both and his vi­sion car­ries on in the work of Sarah Bur­ton for the house. For fall, Bur­ton took a dreamy ap­proach: Black coats with but­ter­fly and pocket watch ap­pliqués join­ing art­fully de­con­structed tuxe­dos, some with a bondage mo­tif, opened the show, which grad­u­ally soft­ened to del­i­cate knit dresses ruf­fled and bare-shoul­dered, while Art Deco-like gowns sparkled with beaded moons and stars.

At Er­dem, that same sense of dark ro­mance was in ac­tion, though here the tone had a dis­tinctly vin­tage un­der­tone—that of the 1930s and ‘40s. Dresses came softly ruf­fled, and patch worked with lace or flo­rals, some in panne vel­vet. Pantsuits were pe­plummed and em­broi­dered with flow­ers, as were long coats, while se­quined capes and stiff lace pil­grim col­lars added to the somber yet ro­man­tic ef­fect of the Er­dem Mo­ralioğlu col­lec­tion.

Christo­pher Bai­ley’s col­lec­tion for Burberry also cap­tured a uniquely Bri­tish sort of ro­man­ti­cism, one tinged with glam rock in its use of python and metallics as well as a plethora of re­worked mil­i­tary coats and jack­ets. There is a great deal of fan­tasy in high fash­ion, and the English can cer­tainly trans­late those dreams into re­al­ity.

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