Summing up the Lessons Learnt at London Fashion Week into a few lines hasn’t been too easy because it was a great event, with a whole lot of fun highlights. It was an event that welcomed new faces, introduced back some old British traditions, applauded the end of an era at and played host to a showcase of spectacular collections from some of the world’s most successful fashion labels.
London fashion week would kick off with the President and Chief Creative Director at Burberry, Christopher Bailey’s farewell show at Burberry. After 17 years with Burberry, it was time for him to move on, and he bowed out with a fun and effortlessly cool collection which consisted of a riot of rainbow infused prints and checks. He dedicated this collection to the LGBT youth.
The new face at London Fashion week would come in form of what Nigerians will call an “August Visitor”. Queen Elizabeth II attended Richard Quinn’s fashion show, which would mark the monarchs first time in her 65 years on the throne to attend anything related to fashion week; visiting London Fashion Week to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard Quinn.
With a consortium of some of the world’s most successful designer labels, here are some of the Lessons Learnt at London Fashion Week
Clad in sex
Wielding creative power full of energy and enthusiasm, many designers indulged in an act of art exuberance; from shoes made out of Donald Trump’s face mask, to an inflatable pool dress. Now, let’s forget taking literally the term “wear your heart on your sleeves” Christopher Kane’s collection encouraged us to wear one of our most private moments on our clothing. His collection gained inspiration from the 70’s illustrated sex manual, The Joy of Sex, and consisted of dresses emblazoned with sexual illustrations. “It’s not to in any way disrespect anything that’s happening, but every season there’s always an element of sexual and human behaviour, and that’s just reality.” Kane said about his collection.
Less is a Bore, Rainbow Me Pretty
Pieces adorned in a riot of rainbow colours were spotted on several runways. Christopher Bailey’s farewell show was closed by Cara Delevingne, clad in bright rainbow faux-fur. Ashish totally switched things up this year, with the designer deciding to go in an opposite direction from last year’s dark and sombre collection. He invited spectators into what he called a “midnight market” and models strutted down the catwalk wearing rainbow coloured glittering garments, sending a more joyful vibe with this collection. This trend was also spotted at runways of Pam Hogg, Osman. Have fun with pieces adorned in a splash of colours because Less is a Bore.
Solidarity in Black
with Fashion season coming in the middle of Award season, designers are keen to provide evening collections appropriate for the times. Celebrities have been standing in solidarity with the #Metoo and #Timesup movement, attending awards shows dressed in all black ensembles. One of the Lessons Learnt at London Fashion Week was that many designers geared towards sixties fashion and like her colleagues, Zeynep Kartal geared towards this theme, creating some beautiful all black ensembles, with one of the standout designs being a stunning slip dress, birthed from a slick incorporation of lace with velvet. All black ensembles were featured in collections of designers such as, Ports 1961, Chalayan and a host of others.
one of the other Lessons Learnt at London Fashion Week is that, matching from head to toe is now cool. Matching designs where featured in the collections of designers like Harlpen, Richard Quinn, with Richard Quinn going an extra step by adding to his ensemble floral Gimp masks, scarfs, to accompany floral dresses and thigh high boots.
Tartans and Plaid
With traditional British fabrics making a comeback, Tartans and Plaids were some of the comeback fabrics spotted on runways. House of Holland had some fun with this fabric, producing a pantsuit, a Miniskirt paired with a puffer coat, all from tartan. Simone Rocha and Emilia Wickstead also indulged in this trend in their collections.