We are excited to announce the Burberry Prorsum womenswear show will be streamed live on to our Facebook page this afternoon! The show is the biggest ticket of London fashion week and will be online from Hyde Park at 4pm UK time. Stay tuned to our twitter for live updates from inside the show and settle down to watch it live on our Facebook fan page.
We couldn’t resist reminiscing a little about the unique space that NewGen (the Bristish Fashion Council and Topshop’s initiative to support new talent) used to host the shows of some of London’s most exciting up and coming designers. Mary Katrantzou, Michael Van Der Ham, Richard Nicoll and Meadham Kirchoff all used the old Eurostar platform at Waterloo station to show their exciting new collections. From the little breakfast bar in the morning to the champagne and canapés in the evening, we loved the space and attention to detail…especially the stewards in utility jumpsuits and the little golf buggy used to carry weary feet up the ramps to the platform/runway. The space was manipulated by each designer to give it a personal feel from Richard Nicoll’s heady perfume spritz to the pink feathered wonderland of Meadham Kirchoff. With natural light streaming in through the enormous glass wall and a view of some of the surrounding industrial buildings complimenting the space perfectly, the venue encapsulated the energy of a new, young London that is ultimately one of the key factors that keeps buyers, journalists and fashionistas coming back to the capital every season.
It was her first solo showing on the London fashion week stage, and Mary Katrantzou delivered, with the precision and poise of a veteran star.
Katrantzou has made herself a name in the use of hyper-real symmetrical prints, fitted around neat little dresses more often than not. It was the same story for the Spring Summer 2011 collection, yet this time around Katrantzou expanded her repertoire into sharp trousers, structured skirts, trim shorts and chic jackets, all emblazed and embellished with prints of interiors and the work of Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton.
The result was spectacular. With table tops and window bays; chair legs and floral arrangments encasing the body and opening our perspective. It was beautiful and controlled, soaked in a colour palette of phenomenal harmony.
Mary had the entire room in her capable hands.
By Scott Stephenson
It is no surprise that London continually picks up serious credibility on the international fashion calendar with each passing season. Don’t get us wrong, London has always been an all-things-fashion hub. From the traditions of Savile Row, to the influence of Vivienne Westwood, it’s history is long and note worthy.
The hottest, sharpest and most widely influential editors, critics and buyers are turning up in droves. Filling the front rows, and paying careful attention. One thing they cannot have missed this Spring Summer 2011 season was the riot of colour.
Cue, Christopher Kane‘s searing neons. Beautifully bold blends from Mary Katrantzou. Acidic zaps at Michael van der Ham. And saturated hues by Meadham Kirchhoff.
London’s future is bright!
By Scott Stephenson
We saw this girl everywhere during London Fashion Week, at one point she was even DJing at one of the after show parties! This trendy lady always had a great mix of casual classics that were bang on trend as well as more dressy items (like the fur touch on these shoes). We think that the gorgeous toussled long hair and tanned skin might have also helped add a little glam to her look!
Tapping into the senses, Richard Nicoll went straight to the one that is perhaps most neglected at a fashion show: smell. Loaded with two bottles of eau du parfum, one in each hand, a man plumed the line of the runway with a deep aromatic scent. Leaving a subtle note for the models that followed to glide through and disperse.
For Spring Summer 2011 Nicoll turned to “minimal glamour, cautious celebration and the emergence from a period of darkness” as the linchpin of an incredibly bewitching collection. The sense of sight was satisfied with lean lines, approachable transparency (top marks!) and a minx-like movement; all of which were framed in the last light of the setting sun outside.
Through a controlled mix of pleated organza frills, lightweight boucle wools, cool cottons and silk chiffon one got an instant sense of a privileged touch, without any over-indulgence, that so often follows fashion at this level.
Jean Young kept the sense of sound occupied with a smooth mix of rolling music, to which each model walked in pace with.
And apart from the h’ordeuvres and champagne on arrival, our sense of taste was satisfied in the thought that this devouringly delicious collection is a just a taste of what’s to come upon getting the experience to actually wear it.
By Scott Stephenson
There was a media circus at Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label show as Pamela Anderson was ushered inside. She joined Cat Deeley and Victoria Hervey front row as Erin O’Connor and Hilary Alexander struggled to find their seats before the show started. With a mind bending sound track the models – including it girl Daisy Lowe – stomped the runway with tribal painted faces in an array of clashing prints that ranged from the african inspired to tartan and sequined 70s disco! Everything, however, had the unmistakable Westwood touch with deconstructed shapes and cuts, quirky clutch bags and multi coloured brogues to match!
Joining the likes of Erdem and Basso & Brooke, Corrie Nielson was voted winner of Fashion Fringe on Saturday night as new co-chair John Galliano came on stage with founder Collin McDowell to announce the winner of the coveted prize that provides funding and support for new designers….Congratulations Ms Nielson!
Peaches Geldoff, Agyness Deyn and Amber Rose were all front row at House of Holland’s show that was full of bright, retro style prints and 70s inspired shapes. We loved the Major Lazer/Carnival style party soundtrack that matched the vibrant collection and the warehouse venue.