Day 3 was for me the most exciting day so far; there were some truly outstanding catwalks and a couple where (if I was a thousand times richer) I would seriously consider buying the entire collection!
|Screenshot from the Topshop catwalk at the Tate Britain. This made me laugh as the catwalks are always running late - Vivienne Westwood Red Label was due to start at 17:00 yesterday but didn't get underway until 17:45!|
This collection officially made Alice Temperley my new girl crush. I'm having real difficulty trying to explain the depth of what I feel for these garments, I was completely blown away by them! Those amazing heavy jacquards, the richness of the embroidery, the sheer chiffon and velvet and fur trims combined with a generous helping of metallic shimmer and dazzle - pure perfection! The balance of colour was simply glorious with teals, nudes, tangy yellows and whites interspersed with pale golds, silvers and a rusty bronze. Geometric patterns, some verging on an 'art deco' look, together with rich floral embroidery added opulence to the catwalk. Backless jumpsuits followed masculine trousers with loose sweeping coats, intricately embroidered drawstring money bags balanced on hips and necks were adorned with long, narrow, metallic scarves with fringes. Stunning. Absolutely stunning!
|Temperley London AW15 (photos from Vogue UK)|
Preen was a vision of patchwork plaid, shearling, interesting weaved details, tight fitting narrow cable knits and florals. Beautiful jewelled embellishments complemented soft, wide leg trousers and long, large tunic-cut coats. Splashes of red, yellow and blue added vivacity to a muted palette, ruffled cuffs and high necklines were reminiscent of the Victorian era, and clustered florals with weaved cord added a folksy undertone.
|Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, AW15 (photos from the LFW website)|
Another breathtaking catwalk: Matthew Williamson. Detailed floral embroidery, tassels on belts and shoes and deep, succulent shades of purple, pink, teal and lilac paired with silky metallics created a vision of luxurious hippies. I loved that on some of the garments the 'sketched' floral and animal design was additionally embroidered on top of the print. Luscious fur in teal and a beautiful grey/red in the form of muffs, collars and cuffs, sequin embellishments and zodiac influenced jewellery with long tapered jumpsuits, full length floating skirts with slits and sharp tailored kimono-style coats merged together to create an absolute masterpiece of texture and style.
|Matthew Williamson AW15 (photos from Vogue UK)|
Topshop Unique focused on a palette of grey, cream, nude, lovely rusty shades, teal and baby blue in a range of fabrics including fur, cable knits, leather, latex, velvet and corduroy. Fur trimmed hoods and hems overlaid autumnal plaids and nude leathers, and flared trousers, floral elements and sequin embroidery gave the collection a bit of a 'retro' look. Like at Matthew Williamson, there featured a beautiful grey/red fur blend; perhaps this is a colour combination to keep an eye on?
|Topshop Unique AW15 (photos from Vogue UK)|
Mary Katrantzou's catwalk was an absolute explosion of rococo motifs in hot pink, purple, yellow, teal and baby blue. This is one of my favourite motifs so naturally I was besotted as soon as the first model stepped out onto that baby pink foam catwalk. As in Matthew Williamson's collection, many of these garments featured layers of print and embroidery overlapping each other in velvet, fur, plastic, lace and stitching. I thought this collection had pleased me more than enough, but then the paisley embossed leather stepped out: another much-loved design! Mermaid skirts, velvet shoes, neat coats with toggles and plastic hood linings, foam bodices and innovative plastic, foam and rubber features in the shape of cubes, pyramids and hexagons all contributed to make this an outstanding collection with very strong elements that one can only hope will reach us through high street stores.
|Mary Katrantzou AW15 (photos from Vogue UK)|
Labels: Autumn/Winter, AW15, collections, colour scheme, design, fashion, florals, fur, LFW, London Fashion Week, Mary Katrantzou, Matthew Williamson, paisley, plaid, Preen, retro, rococo, Temperley, Topshop