London Fashion Week has been setting the tone for fashion for the future. Stephanie Smith picks out key looks and trends from the catwalk.
It’s a miracle – with every new season, London Fashion Week emerges stronger, brighter and more beautiful than ever before, proving itself to be far more than a mere also-ran on the runway, behind New York, Milan and Paris.
“Next season is set to be colourful and adventurous, but ultimately fun, effortless and feminine,” says Bethanie Lunn, who attended many of the shows earlier this week as LFW showcased the trends for next spring/summer 2015.
Bethanie, who is a fashion author and commentator as well as style advisor for Meadowhall Shopping Centre, says: “London Fashion Week SS15 was so inspiring, showing plenty of sparkle, statement prints, metallics, iridescent embellishments and an amalgamation of psychedelic ‘60s and ‘70s glamour.”
This was certainly a glamorous fashion week, with fashion, pop and screen stars lining up to be featured on the front rows. Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss sat together for the Burberry Prorsum show at the Albert Memorial on Monday, to witness Yorkshire lad Christopher Bailey’s “fragility and strength” themed collection, inspired by a 1940s’ insect and wildlife book and featuring beetle-green leather, dragonfly blue and butterfly wing tulle.
Meanwhile Christopher Kane dedicated his show to his Central Saint Martin’s teacher Louise Wilson, who died in May. The collection was inspired by photos taken during his MA, featuring cords, ropes and coils.
Matthew Williamson featured a range of prints and pattern, including feathers, tropical leaves and florals, in bold colours against rich backdrops of emerald green, coral, violet and aqua blue.
Bethanie says: “My favourite shows had to be House of Holland, Matthew Willamson and Julien Macdonald, whose collection is inspired by mermaids with flowing floor-length gowns, sheer fabrics embellished with glittering gemstones, sequins and ornate lace applique. He also unveiled a £4 million diamond-encrusted wedding dress which wowed all.
“I adore the futuristic trend using holographic fabrics, two-tone shiny finishes, metallic and psychedelic ‘60s prints.”
She added that House of Holland and Markus Lupfer showed lots of this futurism while injecting colour and fun, while Marchesa opted for a softer folk princess feel with ruffles and pastels, while Temperley London featured laid-back looks with fresh checks, fringing and flat pumps. Topshop Unique also presented an entertaining show, bringing together sports luxe with preppy touches, tea dresses, two-pieces and bowling bags.
Monochrome gets an update with black and silver combinations, plus off-the-shoulder tops, metallic pleat skirts, bright checks and flowing midi dresses. Roll on next spring.