London Fashion Week is setting the agenda for spring 2016. Stephanie Smith picks out key looks.
Jackets over prom dresses, high-waist jeans, scrunched perms and sparkly earrings, leather mini skirts, bomber jackets, cricket jumpers, hitched up sleeves and polka dots (as beloved by Lady Diana Spencer) – make no mistake, it was Eighties revisited on catwalk at this week’s London Fashion Week, and it’s coming to a High Street near you for next spring/summer.
All this and more was out on show at Topshop, which also will be treating us to hot pink leopard print come next spring.
The UK fash pack were out in force, natch. Samantha Cameron took a front row seat at Roksanda, while Burberry was awash with the stylishly great and good, including Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Paloma Faith.
On to the fashion proper. At Jonathan Saunders the look was grown-up and elegant with Indian mirror embroidery and silk tea dresses, split to thigh.
Issa, one of Kate Middleton’s favourite labels, came up with bold prints, neon and fabric origami in a dazzlingly bright colour palette, plus lots of equally dazzling cutwork and crochet white luxe looks.
Burberry is always one to watch and showcased a storming collection with silky black and silky white drapy column skirts teamed with caramel or black coloured lace tank tops, plus mesh and applique dresses in a delicate rose pink.
Reporting from LFW, our correspondent Sharon Brigden attended the Sibling show. “You can always rely on Sibling for fun and this collection didn’t disappoint,” she said. “Inspired by Hollywood starlets, think glitter, frills, stilettos and socks, bikinis, and a lot of sparkle.
“Stand-out pieces included cute summer dresses in different prints including a tile-inspired pattern which was also used for a bomber jacket, corset top and bikini.” Hair was by Syd Hayes for BaByliss PRO, who described the look as “all about the Winge” – a wig fringe cut short and choppy, the rest of the hair in soft waves and finished with a vinyl headband.
The Sibling show was dedicated to Joe Bates, fellow founder of the label with Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery. He sadly passed away in August.
Meanwhile, at Emilia Wickstead, there was a playful look, inspired by women of the 1950s but with an edge nodding to a more modern no nonsense approach to life. “Emilia Wickstead spent her formative years in Milan and New York, working at Giorgio Armani, Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez and American Vogue,” says Sharon. “Originally making her name as a made-to-measure atelier, you can see this attention to tailoring. This is a collection for the grown-up woman who likes to have fun – gorgeously tailored dresses.”
Preen was particularly strong, says Sharon. “They described their inspiration as ‘modern architecture and Michael Clarke’s ballet’, demonstrated in the use of fabric, a mix of sweet patterns and tougher black – a collection to stand the test of time.”