A is head over heels for spring summer '16 at LFW.
London is always a delight, and this season is no exception. While the UK capital nods to the trends sweeping New York, Paris and Milan, it always marches to the beat of it's own drum, designers consistently serving up irreverent, inventive collections full of life, and the spirit of London.
So many of the shows were utterly lovely, but these are the ones that took my breath away.
Victoria Beckham debuted her diffusion line Victoria by Victoria Beckham with a collection of relaxed, loose, playful pieces inspired by a family trip to Marrakesh. Continuing the designer's move toward a more laid-back aesthetic, this line will be sure to delight a whole new raft of admirers.
Key piece: a cape dress - throw over your bikini for summer evening cocktails.
Christopher Kane wowed with a bold, bright, grungy yet optimistic show full of slouchy fit dresses, patchwork pieces and primary colour fringing. The crowning glory of the triumphant show was the multicoloured, patchwork lace, evoking some kind of shattered stained glass window. Beautiful.
Key piece: bold, block colour shift dress, oh, and don't forget your cable tie necklace!
Florals that tread a careful line between bold and delicate, patterns that evoked happy family holidays by the sea, and all in well-cut, satisfyingly simple shapes. Holly Fulton showed a winner of a collection.
Key piece: a cropped blue jacket, emblazoned with pretty little starfish.
J W Anderson is a genius. A master of reinvention, he has yet again looked to the past (albeit a past not so long ago) and produced new, unexpected shapes and combinations. Inspiration without nostalgia, irreverence without cynicism. These are statement pieces, bold, positive, optimistic pieces.
Key piece: a puffball sleeved sweater in a bold pattern - piece of cake to style, no?
Simone Rochas's SS16 is a more mature, self-aware version of her previous collections. Whilst still definitely grunge, definitely gothic, is is more refined, less frilly, somehow weightier, it carries itself with it's head up high. I can only look forward to season after season of this wonderful designer.
Key piece: vintage dress stolen from a matriarch's wardrobe, worn devil-may-care with clompy sandals.
As with New York, the mood is generally sombre, not typically 'summery' here in London, but there is a definite optimism. Looking back on well-spent holidays, we're looking forward to the promise of Summer again.