- FASHION & BEAUTY -
London Fashion Week gets bigger and better each year and from February 20th -24th at London’s Somerset House, we were treated to a multitude of stunning designs that took the runway’s by storm. Join our Editor-in-Chief, Orlagh McLaughlin, for an in-depth review of the best from London Fashion Week’s A/W 2015 collections.
It’s not just the fashion powerhouses that display their wears at LFW, lesser known designers from Great Britain also get the chance to showcase their designs on the catwalk at London Fashion Week, something I think is highly important to help new creative talents shine in this competitive, multibillion pound industry. I love seeing the continued support from fashion show organisers, retail businesses, publications and other media outlets. The energy builds, all heads turn, spotting and analysing each look as it appears on the runway. It’s almost a game as buyers and celebrities compete to have first dibs on the best collections. This is what makes it so fun.
As I watched emerging new fashion designers send their models, dressed in their finest new designs, down the catwalk the looks got better and better. What brightened up the runways for the fall season has truly taken my breath away.
The designs had a lot of pattern and a lot of colour with increased embellishments that seemed heavier and bigger. Cropped tops and high-waist flairs take us back to the 60’s.
Jonathan Saunders’ Fall 2015 collection brought us a series of retro printed, above the knee dresses in a mixture of vivid colours, teamed with oversized round sunglasses for those sunny winter days.
Oversized coats, including a beautiful, floor length, bronze design by Temperley London, along with shiny silver blazers and flared crop trousers added serious glamour for the perfect winter evening look. Bigger fashion brands, like Burberry Prorsum, showcased silhouettes with floral denim wrap over’s, open breasted dresses and wool knits to warm us up and keep us stylish during the colder months.
Chain-mail, zigzag detailed shifts with daisy appliqués by Scottish Designer Christopher Kane were bold and disco-esque, while twotoned velvet and lace dresses fitted with colourful seat buckles, which I took as sexual innuendo, really stood out.
House of Holland played with different silhouettes, their necklines high as ever, as they presented in a selection of happy pink and orange colours in silk, satin and cotton all tailored into long, swinging trench coats, skirts and tops. These were accessorised with big black belts, thin neck scarves and black painted boots for a chic and feminine look.
Lace, sheer and leather were also out in force throughout the collections. Erdem Autumn’s suggestive pencil dress in purple leather, with cut out floral detailing and a plunged, frill, v–neck blew me away.
All the designers delivered way beyond my expectations and I’m sure the majority of fashion obsessives enjoyed the designs from both new and established brands. I just can’t wait to begin shopping for my winter wardrobe.