After the fabulousness of NYFW it was time to toss off the oversized sunglasses and don our geek chic specs to welcome back London Fashion Week. Britain may not be the most favoured country in the world right now (the Eurovision song contest is my barometer and it ain’t good) but you can never detract from the sheer energy and inventiveness of our designers. The UK inspires people to be different, to be proud of high street and high fashion, to stand out and shake things up.
Right I’m off my soap box, lets take a look at some of my faves;
Liquid Fusion – I love Christopher Kane, there I have said it, and as of yet I have no restraining order, so all must be good. Where does one head after a collection known as Princess Margaret on Acid, as the S/S 2011 show was described? Well for winter Kane has been inspired by a relic of 90s footwear. Kane appears to have collected and melted down all the jelly shoes which disappeared cira 1997 and turned them into works of art. The show had a pared down minimalism to it, with clean silhouettes used to further highlight the shimmer and fluidity of his more inventive materials.
Country Gal – Mulberry maintained the 70s theme but brought it home to roost amongst the English countryside. Imagine gadding about the fields of England skirts trailing in the mud with abandon. Silken shirts and almond tones, you will probably have to invest in a cigarette holder and understand how to drink port without the WKD in order to truly inhabit this look.
The Darkness – Thank you Giles Deacon for bringing the gothic edge. Referencing the nineteenth century with it’s buttoned up sexuality, the catwalk moved with repression, the debauched lurking just underneath. Black leather, glittering corsets, peacock feathers and porcupine quills, Giles brought back an uptight beauty with this collection.
So where next fashion globe trotters? Milan, I shall model myself on the wonder that is Anna Dello Russo and aim to get my photo taken by one of those street snapper types.