Topshop’s Worldly Bohemian – For its spring 2014 collection, Topshop Unique embraces bohemian style with an outing of worldly prints, relaxed silhouettes and romantic embellishments. A color palette of rich jewel tones such as emerald, sapphire blue and amber evokes the summer season. Besides what one would expect from a bohemian collection like maxi-length dresses and pretty prints, the Unique woman also lets out her artistic side with oversized, menswear inspired shirts and lightweight knits layered on top of wide-legged prints. Topshop Unique tapped one of Britain’s biggest exports, Cara Delevingne, to close the show in a white dress adorned with colored mirror pieces.
Fast’s Raver Girls – Mark Fast displayed the edgy side of knitwear for his spring 2014 collection shown at London Fashion Week’s second day. Citing inspiration like nineties club kids and Nine Inch Nails, the runway focused on sensual shapes and a rock ‘n’ roll attitude with models sporting teased black wigs. Midriff baring sweaters, fringe embellished skirts and peekaboo cutouts in grey, yellow and green hues added a sporty touch to the raver-inspired knits.
Koma’s Woman Warrior – Inspired by the Japanese samurai, David Koma presented a structured outing for his eponymous label’s spring 2014 collection. The new season focused on strict lines and geometric shapes with color-blocking elements in black, white and electric blue. The Georgian designer’s signature body conscious dresses were out in full force; leather and bonded neoprene curved into A-line skirts and asymmetrical folds with a slightly sporty attitude. Tying into his samurai inspiration, the Koma’s woman uniform for spring combines warrior-like strength and graceful elegance.
Holland’s Ladylike Tough – For his spring 2014 collection, House of Holland designer Henry Holland found his inspiration in Mexico City and street style. The result was an outing of relaxed and ladylike silhouettes paired with tough urban elements such as trucker hats, tattoo inspired prints and boxy tees. Metallic brocades and lace detailing brought a romantic touch to Holland’s contemporary woman. Gingham patterns showed up with shirts, pants or skirts in bold blue and red hues. Topping off the cool look are retro-inspired cat eye sunglasses and strappy heels in metallic colors.
Daks’ Versatile Spring – Daks creative director Filippo Scuff focused on lightweight, daytime looks for the English brand’s spring 2014 collection. The check print is an iconic staple of the label and was used throughout the new season in ladylike separates including strapless tops, tartan pants, dramatic capes and maxi-length dresses. Other than the check prints, Scuffi found real success with a section of black gowns cut in clean, minimal silhouettes and nipped at the waist with leather belts.
Jacobs Goes Dark for Spring – Marc Jacobs’ spring 2014 collection opened with a surprising showcase of wool jackets and sweatshirts in autumnal tones. Some of the silhouettes call to mind Jacobs’ fall 2011 collection with their sculpted shoulders, but instead of polka dots; military accents, leaf shapes or Victorian inspired patterns adorned the bulky designs. Playing with summer wear motifs, Jacobs also sent out Hawaiian print tops and Bermuda shorts with sandals. Models walked the runway with matching sheared blonde wigs adding an androgynous element to the designs. However, there was nothing boyish about the evening wear which dripped with sequins, tassels and fringe for a slightly gothic element to an already dark and sumptuous showing.
CK’s Dressed Up Spring – Calvin Klein designer Francsico Costa is celebrating ten successful years as the brand’s creative director. In a way, the label’s spring 2014 collection is a kind of celebration in itself with a showing of fringe-adorned dresses, frayed edges and multi-colored printed snake-skin. The silhouette for spring moves away from the body, appearing voluminous and at times boxy. The focus on color and texture is a change from Klein’s normally minimal aesthetic, yet still exudes that clean elegance that the Calvin Klein woman is known for.
Cara Delevingne at Burberry Prorsum F/W 2013 Show at London Fashion Week
This is the final show schedule for London Fashion Week S/S 2014 which run from Friday, September 13th to Tuesday, September 17th.
Friday September 13th
09.30 Bora Aksu BFC Courtyard Show Space
10.00 Fyodor Golan WC1
11.00 Felder Felder The Studio, Somerset House
11.00 – 13.00 Ostwald Helgason See invitation
12.00 J. JS Lee BFC Courtyard Show Space
13.00 Pearce Fionda See invitation
14.00 DAKS BFC Courtyard Show Space
15.00 Christopher Raeburn BFC Courtyard Show Space
16.00 Eudon Choi SW1
17.00 Jean-Pierre Braganza BFC Courtyard Show Space
18.00 Jasper Conran SW3
19.00 Todd Lynn WC2
20.00 PPQ BFC Courtyard Show Space
Lauren’s Mod Spring – Ralph Lauren was in a mod mood for his spring 2014 collection shown on the final day of New York Fashion Week. Sixties inspired minis paired with knee-high socks gave a retro spin to Lauren’s Americana aesthetic. Much of the collection played on graphic black and white with a mix of bold stripes, floral prints which appeared on trench coats and ties, and suiting. But then vibrant sapphire blues, canary yellows and scarlet reds were introduced by the way of daytime dresses and ruffle-adorned gowns. Closing the show was a red dress paired with an attached cape, showing the more glamorous side of the sixties.
Sui’s Romantic Bohemian – Bohemian style is a staple of Anna Sui, and her spring 2014 collection was no exception with an outing of ultra-feminine looks citing inspiration from English Pre-Raphaelite artwork. The Sui woman could be going to a music festival or the beach depending on her mood. Dresses and tops in easy silhouettes paired with gladiator sandals evoke a casual glamour for the spring season. Metallic fabrics and gleaming accents accompany Sui’s signature print work with lace and fringe embellishments. Model Karen Elson closed the show looking like a painting herself with her flaming red hair covered by a gold crown. / All jewelry provided by Erickson Beamon