R brings you the best of London Fashion Week
Just in case you didn't have time to watch every single London Fashion Week show I have carefully selected my favourite shows for you to check out. Not all of them are obvious choices, I'm hoping you'll find some new favourite designers and possibly even consider that it's not just the heavy weights that'll affect what you wear in six months time. So sit back, have a read and don't blame me if you end up with a huge shopping list in about ten minutes...
London based, Brazillian born designer Barbara Casasola describes her designs as 'pared-back but sensual' and I couldn't agree more. Her SS15 collection delighted me with its honey hues, bodycon fits and elegant lengths. Bodycon matured under Barbara's masterful eye - what was once provocative is now refinement itself.
Key Piece: Bronze bodycon dress that's made for long summer nights.
Since moving to London from Turkey 15 years ago and graduating from Central Saint Martins Bora Aksu has created a darker, dreamier take on romance. With his feet firmly in all things fantastical Bora used layers, intricate embroidery and a muted colour palette to set the scene for his moody SS15 girl.
Key Piece: Blue lace dress that would delight at a summer garden party.
Seoul born Jackie Lee has always held a special place in my fashion-loving heart. Her trademark style is both minimalist and modernist, two things I adore in a designer's repertoire. For SS15 J. JS Lee did what she did best, embossed striking, sculptural shapes onto understated fabric. Clean, simple and oh-so-effective.
Key Piece: Embossed sweater, perfect for when FaceHunter visits.
Known for her contemporary, quality designs Margaret Howell once again turned her hand to style seperates for her SS15 collection. Instantly wearable and incredibly easy to translate into your day-to-day look her range stood out for its versatility. Menswear silhouettes, masculne tailoring and a careful balance of a relaxed yet crisp aesthetic, this was a collection with staying power.
Key Piece: Midi length pleated skirts and dresses made for real ladies
It seems you can't mention LFW without mentioning Burberry and it's whiz kid Christopher Bailey. Competing only with Topshop for it's tech savy approach to fashion the SS15 collection was instantly covetable as it appeared on screens and feeds around the world. If I had the money I would have ordered every piece off the runway! A decidedly younger feel, the collection really came into its own during the second half as the trenches and longline dresses were cinched with organza belts and colourful sandals and trainers signalled a continuing love of confident flats - the SS15 Burberry woman needs no heels.
Key Pieces: The cropped trench coat for artfully robing over printed pieces
Stay tuned for A's Milan Fashion Week low down.