Tuesday, February 18, 2014

London Fashion Week Day 4 - Round Up.

Was yesterday really the penultimate day of London Fashion Week AW14 already?! Where has the time gone?

Today’s show were simply insane. So many big names to report about. First up, Burberry.

Burberry’s show for the AW14 season was held in their new venue at Kensington Gardens show space - an incredibly fitting beautiful location to match their wonderful collection. The catwalk show started with a London backdrop in watercolours, an incredibly feminine colour palette that continued onto the catwalk. Christopher Bailey has always been a strong believer in a cover-up with some of his styles ranging from the trench to biker, or a cape, but this season he opted for sheepskin which collaborated with hand-painted floral patterns. It was a welcome change to many of Burberry’s collections due to it’s relaxed and floating nature. When the models moved, so did the clothes. Everything swished as though it were as light as air and many of the fabrics oozed femininity and delicateness. Could this be a purposeful move to relate the womens and menswear collections closer? If you are unsure on what I mean check out C.Bailey’s menswear collection from January’s London Collection: Men. 

It was Burberry’s front row that also got people talking. It was home to many huge names from musicians such as Harry Styles and Tinie Tempah, to Bradley Cooper (who was sadly there to support equally as beautiful girlfriend, Suki Waterhouse) and Anna Wintour. The catwalk was also lined with the giants; Cara Delevinge, Jourdan Dunn, Edie Campbell, Charlotte Wiggins as well as Ms Waterhouse. It was clear that Bailey appreciated the models and the work that they do due to them walking the finale in Burberry blankets which were personalised with their initials. Without even realising it, Bailey has created the new most-coveted piece of the upcoming season. 

Christopher Bailey also showcased his latest collection today, and it has to be noted that very few designers can come up with innovative and unique ideas, quite like that of Kane. His show was a roll of brand new designs and ideas that meant the brand was kept fresh. Just like the last few seasons throughout all brands, androgynous tailoring was a favourite and featured double breasted jackets, loose fit trousers but all made to look incredibly delicate. Then came something completely unexpected (if you can say that when you are watching Bailey’s work). Techno inspired outwear including parkas, puffer jackets and cagoules combined with corduroys with patch pockets - almost an ode to that of childhood memories climbing trees. And then another change. Enter the glossy black patent miniskirts, pea coats, neon green knitwear, fox fur jackets, wool shift dresses, wool crepe suiting, baby-doll dresses and oh, so many more. Many critics have deemed his latest collection as his best work to date, but it also was the launch of a full range of handbags. The 8 piece collection consisted of multiple animal skins (calf, python and crocodile) - watch this space. They will hit stores soon!

My final favourite collection of the day was that of Jonathan Saunders. Saunders has the rare ability to recreate previously presented ideas but in an entirely different way. For example, the insanely successful silk bomber of last spring was invented to become a quilted version in nude satins. Also visible on the catwalk was black leather bombers. 
Much like that of Christopher Bailey, there was a lot of cross over between his menswear and womenswear. Today’s catwalk saw exaggerated shapes involving sweeping shoulders, extremely huge coats and his oversized knits. He paired these with maxi style pieces - a style that has been incredibly noticeable everywhere this Autumn. 

Lots of love,
Katie xx

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