Perhaps you were lucky enough to attend this season’s London Fashion Week, but for most of us, we were at home admiring the collections from the comfort of our couches. However, all is not lost; here are our favourite London Spring 2017 collections.
The Serbian-British designer is usually known for her penchant for bright colours and bouncing silhouettes in her collections, but Roksanda took it down a notch this season. Ilincic stated that she was “thinking about nature, pebbles on a beach, sun, cornflowers… the easiness of late summer.” The colour palette, despite not necessarily being her typical tones, were anything but boring as the collection paraded rich purples, inky blues and warm terracotta shades. There was a cosiness and warmth that came through each piece and though she strayed away from her regular style, it was refreshing to see her interpretation of summer evenings through flowing sundresses, silk trousers, and pinstriped tracksuits.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Justin Thorton and Thea Bregazzi took a page from a history book and found the inspiration for this season’s collection in white witches and paganism. Paganism is the religion that worships the earth, and Thornton and Bregazzi created their pieces in an ode to nature and its beauty. “We’re from the Isle of Man, and witchcraft is a normal thing, there are a lot of practising witches,” said Thornton. “People go to witchdoctors for ailments. It’s very weird but it’s quite cute.” The fabrics flowed elegantly, however they were not overtly feminine; floral and soft prints were offset by dark, loose gowns, giving the collection dimension.
I was feeling very nostalgic“ stated Henry Holland, backstage at his Spring RTW show
In need of a trip down memory lane? You’re not the only one. “I was feeling very nostalgic,” stated Henry Holland, backstage at his Spring RTW show. When Holland first came on the fashion scene, he was heavily equipped with his iconic graphic t-shirts, and it was about time he brought them back to the London catwalk. In celebration of the brand’s 10-year anniversary, the finale of the show consisted of models strutting down the runway wearing bright Fashion Groupie t-shirts, some of which read “Suck On My Toe Phoebe Philo”, “Let’s Breed Bella Hadid,” and “I’m Yours for a Tenner Kendall Jenner.” Before these tees, the show featured lots of gingham, frills, neck scarves, plaid and mesh. It was almost chaotic, however, as is usually the case for Henry Holland, it seemed to blend together so cohesively.
The theme at this season’s Katrantzou show almost seemed as though it were ancient Grecians on an acid trip. Typically, when you think about Ancient Greece, toga-inspired dresses and gladiator shoes come to mind, but not in this case. Inspired by silhouettes worn by Minoan women in 3000BC, Katrantzou designed bright, psychedelic, and almost hypnotic pieces with patterns so intricate we almost didn’t clock the ancient Grecian patterns and classical imagery that hid in-between. Will you wear these looks to a business meeting? Probably not. However, Katrantzou’s collection is almost blindingly unique and so anti-cliché that it refuses to go unnoticed. Her iconic exploitation of trompe l’oeil is at play here, and the collection is made all the richer for it.
“Fashion is a playground,” Kate Phelan, Topshop’s creative director declared backstage. And she definitely isn’t wrong; fashion is an ideal platform for experimentation and expression. In her latest collection, Phelan wanted to transport us back into the 80s where PVC and strong shoulder pads reigned supreme. The models stormed the runway in eye-popping zebra prints, blindingly bright pinks and yellows and powerful silhouettes that would make any early Madonna fan proud. High-waisted cigarette trousers were paired with high-neck ruffled blouses, and sexy black sheer and satin gowns tied the collection together beautifully. Hair and makeup didn’t disappoint either; deep side partings in wavy-crimped hair and bold makeup complemented Phelan’s 80s tune. The collection was daring, striking and oozed sex appeal, and fortunately is available to us immediately, now that Topshop Unique has followed the trend of see-now, buy-now fashion. Shop Topshop Unique’s new collection here.
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Article by Natasha Ivanovic