We landed back from New York at 6am UK time, and were seated at our fist show, Fyodor Golan, by 11am. Turns out nothing beats jet lag like a blast of acid pop, futuristic tailoring. From then on it was go go go, and we loved every second of it. Here are our thoughts on the shows we enjoyed the most.
Undeniably one of the biggest draws during the LFW schedule, Topshop Unique is as well known for its Front Row as it is for its clothes, and this seasons line up certainly did not disappoint. Lucky Blue Smith, Olivia Palermo, Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn all turned up to show their support for the British high street giant, and the Topshop team certainly did not disappoint. The collection seemed to be inspired by the the international gaggle of It-Girls that their customers aspire to be. For the Kardashian/Jenner wannabes there were sports-luxe inspired leggings, oversized blazers and swathes of faux fur. For the Suki Waterhouse and Harley Viera-Newton fanclub there were baby doll dresses and sequined pencil skirts embellished with scenes from 'A Midsummer night dream' . Topshop cater to an international audience, and this collection really did have something for everyone, we particularly loved the vlevet chockers on the Stevie Nicks-esque velvet and chiffon looks. Topshop are not the first brand this season to play around with proportions, with cuffs and sleeves of varying lengths making an appearance throughout the collection. We can see a trend forming!
Preen by Thorton Bregazzi:
The larger than life pink trees, stripped of all foliage, that adorned the side of the runway at the Preen show went someway to preparing us for the dark gothic glamour that was the back bone of this collection. This season Preen applied a dark romantic 70's and 80's feel to their classic silhouettes (the slightly coned bust and asymmetrical ruffles) which created a wonderfully British, slightly eccentric collection. The richness of the colour and materials used in a Preen collection is really what always sets them apart from their contemporaries, and the deep velvets and warm florals used this season were no exception. Particularly strong were the florals overlaid with almost sheer black lace, and the shoe jewelry (which we spotted at quite a feel LFW collections).
Vivienne Westwood Red Label
Missing a fashion show that you have been invited to is never fun. Especially when that show is Vivienne Westwood. Even though we had a perfectly valid excuse (the Topshop show started late and we couldn't get there in time) it was still a crushing disappointment to have missed it. However, thanks to the power of the Internet we got to watch the show, which in fact just made us more sad to have not been there. Westwood tends to stick to her sartorial guns when it comes to her Red Label, the shapes she produces are totally iconic and internationally renowned, so why would she change them? However there is always a twist, and this seasons blend of day and evening wear was a total winner. T-shirts under sequined gowns, shirts and trousers under velvet cocktail dresses and shorts poking out from the slit of a red carpet ready silk outfit were classic Westwood, but still totally modern. The ever present Harris tweed and Prince of Wales jackets were there, the only thing missing was a blatant political message, however she might just be saving that for her Paris show later this week.
Being pregnant obviously agrees with Alexander McQueens creative director. Sarah Burton is literally weeks away for giving birth and yet still somehow has managed to pull together one of the best McQueen collections we have seen in years. What i love about McQueen is that Burton has stayed true to the design codes laid down by the late, great, Alexander, but also managing to imbue them with her own wildly romantic style. The exquisite tailoring on which the brand was built was there, but with interesting twists such as oversized sliding labels, and cut away panels on the trousers. The McQueen woman this season was in a dreamlike state (in one look she was quite literally wrapped in a duvet) , and her dreams are filled with butterflies, pocket watches and unicorns. These motifs evoke a feeling of magic, which has always been integral to the McQueen brand and help spin the wildly romantic tale that Burton weaves season after season. A real stand out show.