Friday, 26 February 2016

Style: London Fashion Week AW16

The standout shows from the only fashion week that really matters.

After scrolling through show after show, you can get a bit fashion blind, everything starts to look the same, but some shows stand out no matter what - they're just special. These are those shows.




Mary Katrantzou does something special season after season. Never one to rest on her laurels, she conjures up mesmerising, original surface pattern time and time again. This autumn winter's butterflies, hearts and flowers were kept the right side of quaint in bold primary colours and innovative textures - leather, fur and tulle. Oh, and did I mention those shoes?!


Key piece: Katrantzou is making a strong case for the headscarf à la Thelma and Louise.




You can rely on heritage brand Burberry to produce a parade of polished loveliness, but this collection has real heart. This season the Burberry girl is the quintessential British eccentric - all girly, floral dresses clashed with an oversized shearling jacket/ parka/ trench and punked up with fishnets and fringed boots. 


Key piece: the key here is balance, your pretty dress with clompy boots, a mannish coat with a pretty handbag, you get the idea.




Designer Sarah Burton did Alexander McQueen proud with a show that was classic McQueen gothic romance. It was also stunning, and a very delicate interpretation of the McQueen aesthetic. 


Key piece: the duvet dress really stole the show - surely staying in bed all day whilst retaining fashion credentials is the ultimate fashionista dream?




Topshop's strongest collection yet was more grown-up, and less 'themed' than previous incarnations. There was undoubtedly a strong 80's vibe, but it was subtle and sophisticated, and, rather excitingly, innately flattering. Even the colour palette is more accessible than ever, with greys, black, khakis and nudes ruling the runway.


Key piece: a good pair of tailored trousers will serve you well this autumn winter and beyond.



I almost don't know how to describe the Paul Smith collection this season. It is such a refined combination of clean lines, colour, bold shapes, delicate pattern and texture, I don't know where to begin! From the mannish but pretty suede shoes, to the relaxed styling of the models' hair, it's a delight. Surely something for everyone here.


Key piece: many attest to the importance of a good shoe, and I agree, a good solid foundation to an outfit and you're well on your way to sartorial success.


If the designers are anything to go by, this coming autumn-winter will be an optimistic, colourful affair, full of cosy knits, relaxed tailoring and wearable heels. I'm in! Who's with me?

A x

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