The HOTTEST trends from London Fashion Week
The top 10 take aways from London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014.
The best designers in the world come from London,’ former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld told Metro during the London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014.
Since 2009, when the British Fashion Council used the 25th anniversary of the fashion week to launch a campaign to revitalize the event, the London Fashion Week has reaffirmed its place among the Big Four — along with New York Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week.
And with the drool worthy couture at SS14 it is easy to see why.
Image: The Burberry Prorsum show at London Fashion Week SS14, September 16, 2013, kept the British fashion flag flying high.
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You can't go wrong with the best of Britain
Always a highlight, Burberry hit the right notes with Harry Styles and Sienna Miller in the front row in KensingtonGardens.
Mulberry (right) was no different. Crowds thronged Claridge’s for creative director Emma Hill’s final Mulberry collection.
Topshop Unique’s (left) Emma Farrow cool dressed-down creations also left the audience longing for summer’s warmth.
Photographs: Samir Hussein/ Getty Images and (right) Suzanne Plunkett/ Reuters
A clear trend
One of the biggest take aways of London Fashion Week SS14 is that transparency is here to stay.
From Scottish designer Christopher Kane (left) and British-Turkish designer Erdem Moralio?lu (center, a Kate Middleton favourite) to Burberry (right), the biggest names worked with sheer fabrics.
Photographs: Olivia Harris/ Reuters and (centre) Stuart C. Wilson, (right) Ian Gavan/ Getty Images
Keep it simple
Richard Nicoll’s (left) went with fuss-free lines, and Antonio Berardi (center)and Roksanda Ilincic (right) pared it down too. ‘Avant-bland’ as J W Anderson, the man who is setting the ramp on fire, calls it is the ticket to the next season.
Photographs: Ian Gavan, (centre) Ben A. Pruchnie and (right) Tim P. Whitby/ Getty Images
Pastels, the colours of spring
From New York Fashion Week to London Fashion Week, pastels are dominating the catwalk. And considering the pastel confections designed by Christopher Kane and Burberry (pictured) that is no surprise.
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Floral motifs will be big come spring. They cropped up on John Rocha’s (left) dark designs, in Jonathan Saunders’s(center) runway dresses, on Eudon Choi’s (right) biker coats and on Christopher Kane’s statement sweatshirts.
Photographs: Stuart C. Wilson (left) and Samir Hussein/ Getty Images
Bling it on
Go metallic, go bling. London Fashion Week was all about the flash. Tom Ford (left) led the trend with sequins and crystals, Christopher Kane (center) and Henry Holland (right) of the House of Holland added some must-have metallic flourishes.
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett, (centre) Olivia Harris/ Reuters and (right) Tim P. Whitby/ Getty Images
Leather or bonded neoprene, like in David Koma (left) Japanese samurai inspired collection, gave the ramp a tough touch.
Leatheralso came up in the collection of J W Anderson (right), billed by The Guardianas the ‘buzziest young designer on the schedule.’
Photographs: Stuart C. Wilson and (right) Tim P. Whitby/ Getty Images
The new jeans and tops
Forget the jeans. The London Fashion Week was full of examples of snazzy skirts and dressed down tops. Leading the pack were Antonio Berardi (left) and at Christopher Kane (right).
Photographs: Ben A. Pruchnie/ Getty Images and Olivia Harris/ Reuters
Flats are in
Flatforms, loafers, sandals, slides, brogues — it was refreshing to see some fabulous flats on the ramp. With names like Roksanda Ilincic (left), J W Anderson (centre), Jonathan Saunders(right), Erdem Moralio?lu bringing them to the ramp they will remain so.
Photographs: Tim P. Whitby and (right) Samir Hussein/ Getty Images