Unique’s Military Chic – Topshop Unique tapped into the fall season’s trend of military inspired pieces for its latest collection presented during London Fashion Week. Models hit the runway in army green, dark plum, ash grey and black. Silhouettes were lax yet modern with a rock and roll vibe that took hemlines to the upper thigh. Layering was a must for autumn with long coats placed on top of lightweight dresses and slouchy trousers. A vast change from last season’s Egyptian themed show, Unique appears to be growing up beginning with fall 2012.
Farhi’s London Woman – For fall 2012, Nicole Farhi chose to make clothes for the modern woman with a moody outing of tailored jackets, form-fitting skirts and elegant dresses. A far cry from last season’s pastel hues–autumn was all about sleek, streamlined silhouettes in shades of dark emerald, black, ivory and bronze. The heavy outerwear was paired with thin belts around the waist, charcoal stockings and leather gloves. Farhi embellished the strong shapes with glittering sequins and paillettes, bringing a glamorous edge to the structured shapes.
Through the Forest – Mulberry was inspired by fantasy and whimsy for its fall 2012 collection presented during London Fashion Week. Opening with an array of fur coats reminiscent of monsters from “Where the Wild Things Are”, autumn focused on a mix of textiles, colors and prints. Creative director Emma Hill also created silk dresses in vibrant, kaleidoscopic patterns worn underneath the season’s voluminous coats. Among the accessories on the runway was a new bag inspired by American songstress Lana Del Rey, simply titled the Del Ray. For the finale, in lieu of colorful prints–Hill sent out all black ensembles in fluid shapes.
House of Holland’s Electric Fall – For fall 2012, House of Holland’s Henry Holland sent out an array of colorful patterns in primary colors. Whether an enlarged houndstooth print or zig zag stripes, the upbeat collection oozed youth with playful ruffles, flared pants and metallic accents. The flirty silhouettes were matched with patterned stockings or socks and chunky, platform heels. For beauty, models walked down the runway with bright red lips and messy ponytails reflecting the carefree spirit of autumn.
Aquascutum’s Streamlined Fall – Aquascutum creative director Joanna Sykes showcased a selection of androgynous coats and streamlined silhouettes for the label’s fall 2012 collection. Marking her fourth season at the helm of the British brand, Sykes focused on a muted palette of ash grey, black, navy and taupe for the autumn. Besides tailored outerwear, the new season also offered slouchy trousers, elbow-length leather gloves and asymmetrical hemlines for a youthful twist.
Katrantzou’s Blooming Garden – Greek designer Mary Katrantzou brought an expert display of pattern and color for her spring 2012 collection presented during London Fashion Week. Spring was a story of nature and industry, with inspiration by sculptor John Chamberlain who is noted for working with crush steel and other found objects. Katrantzou’s designs were indeed structural yet feminine for the new season with some of nature’s most glorious colors on display. Beauty for the show featured brightly colored lips and a messy up do.
Giles’ Swan Lake Spring – Giles Deacon presented a cheeky yet elegant outing for his namesake label’s spring 2012 collection. The British designer appeared to be inspired by Swan Lake with bird-like headpieces, intricate cutouts, feathers, swan patterns and silvery metallics hinting at a moonlit night. Ranging from flashy day-wear to voluminous gowns, the Giles woman plays with proportion and texture for the spring season.
Burberry Bold – No doubt, one of the most anticipated shows of London Fashion Week, the Burberry Prorsum spring 2012 collection was unveiled underneath the helm of creative chief officer Christopher Bailey with bold color and shape. The ensembles came in a myriad of hues ranging from deep mauve to asparagus green. With structured parkas, pleated dresses and the traditional trench, the Burberry girl once again reinvented herself for the new season with eclectic prints and flirty silhouettes.
Kane’s 60s Spring – Christopher Kane caught on to this season’s trend of sixties revival for his spring 2012 show presented during London Fashion Week. A collection inspired by childhood and youth, models walked down the runway in iridescent fabrics featuring floral patterns and structured shapes. Highlights included crystal embellished tops, chic cut-outs and sheer coats with grungy prints.
Williamson’s Eastern Spring – Matthew Williamson showed a masterful display of color and pattern for his spring 2012 collection. Featuring bohemian inspired prints with a hint of eastern flair, the Williamson girl moves from daytime elegance to nighttime glamour with feather embellished dresses, form-fitting pants and fringed tassels doubling as belts.