London Fashion week has drawn to a close and left behind some exciting collections to come for s/s 2011 – we round up our top shows from the week….
BURBERRY PRORSUM Exuded biker chic with biker jackets studded and spiked but utterly gorgeous. Tough exteriors opened up to reveal a softer interior with bright leopard print, lime, fuchsia and turquoise regimented satin mini dresses that were softly ruched around the body but zipped from neck to knee tethered with shiny patent straps and leather giving them a tough biker look. The classic Burberry trench transformed into a cropped biker jacket in python and studded leather and mini trenches were cinched with coloured patent belts in lime and turquoise. Shoes were patent, pointed and shiny and for some impossible to stay upright in as Nina Porter demonstrated by taking a tumble as she closed the show!
ERDEM took us to a georgeous garden party with a modern-day glamourous twist. Beautiful dresses in classic Erdem all-over floral prints or white appliqué on white chiffon with white lace nipped at the waist with an a-line or tiered lace hemline, scooped or slashed at the neck-line. The floral theme carried through to silk blouses worn with tailored short-shorts or fitted trousers.
CHRISTOPHER KANE brought neon back to the fore with leather skirt suits in demure shapes stamped with floral prints. Cashmere twin sets of pringle diamonds worn with neon skirts in orange and lime and sheer lace dresses that combined demure and sexy with perfect balance. A kimono dragon print appeared on dresses and pleated skirts with a neon stripe on each inner pleat, the same print also appeared on peach lace – exceptional and esquisite detailing that makes Kane one of the top designers of his generation.
JONATHAN SAUNDERS Did Sporty glamour meets Fifties-inspired shapes that celebrated curves. Skater skirts that skimmed the thigh in grey-orange, grey green digitised prints or cream with candy stripes, V-neck dresses with box pleated skirts and buttoned up collars, blazers in bright turquoise or grey and sexy chiffon cocktail dresses in black and nude with occasional geometric panels of glittering embellishment. A black column dress with white bustier overlaid with white mesh followed by a mini a-line version gave a sexy fifties look to the show.
MARK FAST Canadian knitwear genius Mark Fast showed a collection full of gothic sex appeal, peppered with tropical colours, feathers and playful tassel skirts – not for the shrinking violet!
TOPSHOP UNIQUE – It was retro, magical & very McQueen. Pink lame jumpsuits, body-con tunics sprinkled with glitter and sequins with ankle length skirts sometimes slit up the side, cobweb-effect jackets paired with rise-and-fall skirts, tuxedo trouser suits sexily slashed to reveal some leg and scissored white tunics with gold embroidery – a definite twist of McQueen, bias-cut chiffons cut into fairy-esque cloaks, stencilled suede tunics and fringing on western jackets. Shoes and Boots were adorned with straps and buckles with high Perspex wedge soles.