London Fashion Week SS’15: Fashion Round Up

Thursday 18 September 2014 by

London Fashion Week is, without a doubt, my favourite of all the Fashion Weeks. Set aside your sleek NYFW, your opulent MFW and your downright indulgent PFW, LFW is as sharp and chic as the best of British. Welcome to the House of Blog London Fashion Week Round Up!

Top Three Trends for SS’15

Julien Macdonald, RTW, LFW, Fashion, SS'15, Wedding dress

Opulence

Only Julien Macdonald could get away with a £4 million wedding dress made with diamonds, fresh water pearls and lace. The whole collection (inspired by mermaids and- ahem- Kim Kardashian) was a lesson in opulence. Across the Week, designers showed that recession wasn’t going to get them down; rich accessories and fabrics were everywhere.

House of Holland, RTW, SS'15, Fashion, LFW

Florals

It’s the spring/summer collections- of course there will be florals! Forget dainty daisy prints, time to get brash and bold with your petals. Make like House of Holland and make sure your florals are in primary colours and sixties-inspired sizing. Not a floral person? Block colours and fringing are also LFW SS’15 favourites.

Sophia Webster, LFW, RTW, Shoes, Fashion

Statement accessories

It began with the Anya Hindmarch bags inspired by vintage brands and crisp packets for the AW’14 collections. Now Sophia Webster is turning to the jungle for inspiration and the rave for her colour palette for her out-there new SS’15 collection. Watermelon stilettoes? Flamingo T-bars? Join the queue – your feet are never going to make such an impression.

Top Five Shows at LFW SS’15

Bora Aksu, Fashion, RTW, London Fashion Week, SS'15, LFW

Bora Aksu

I have a similar love affair with Bora Aksu that I do with New York’s Christian Siriano (ever since the woollen ants of a few years ago). This season, he’s kept a clean palette of white, peach, dove grey and hues of blue. But it is always the designs, rather than the colours, that I fall in love with. With his inspiration drawn from the background characters of the dark Grimm fairytales (think Cinderella’s step sisters), you can see a gothic influence with the use of doily-like lace and cut outs, harsh corners softened by delicate silhouettes. A particular favourite was the black dress with blue detail reminiscent of autumn leaves. Aksu is the master of marrying the ethereal with the fierceness of modern dress.

See more of Bora Aksu SS’15 here

Holly Fulton, Fashion, SS'15, RTW, London Fashion Week, LFW

Holly Fulton

If the trend is bold print, Holly Fulton nailed it. Julien Macdonald might have stolen the show on day two of LFW with his knockout wedding dress, but Holly Fulton knew how to appeal to the masses (a nod to fellow day-two-ers Emilia Wickstead and Lucas Nascimento for bringing sportswear a whole fresh new attitude). With inspiration from all things quintessentially British (think Morris dancers), she has brought her own brand of confidence to statement prints. Lemon yellow and mint green smattered this print-heavy collection with dots of colour.

See more of Holly Fulton SS’15 here

Matthew Williamson, Fashion, London Fashion Week, RTW, SS'15, LFW

Matthew Williamson

Day three, for me, was by far the most exciting day, filled with the likes of Mulberry, Sophia Webster, Marios Schwab, Topshop Unique, David Koma, Jonathan Saunders and Temperley London. But, if I have to be brutal and pick just one, it was Matthew Williamson’s seventies-floral-tropical-feathered bonanza that won it for me. Bright, brilliant colours and bold slashes of print, his trademark maxi gowns and tasteful pencil skirts, this inspiration was inspired by David Bailey photographs, and you could see the passion and confidence of a typical David Bailey blend with Matthew Williamson’s enthusiasm to create a winning collection.

See more of Matthew Williamson SS’15 here

Erdem, London Fashion Week, Fashion, LFW, RTW, SS'15

Erdem

If any day was my favourite day, it had to be Monday; there wasn’t a single show I wouldn’t have wanted to see, and so really it’s impossible for me to choose a favourite. Instead, I have chosen the one designer that does spring/summer like no other: Erdem. Under gothic forest and vines, once again Erdem shows how to really do florals. Imagine rich embroidery, partnered with masculine flats, with Victorian collars and the hint of period conservatories and leafwork. Divine.

See more of Erdem SS’15 here

Emilio de la Morena, Fashion, London Fashion Week, LFW, RTW, SS'15

Emilio de le Morena

The last day of LFW dawned, and with that, there was only one show that I would have wanted to finish with and that was Emilio de la Morena. Bright rainbow bursts of colour, shimmering metallics and densely clustered animal print in electric shades. There is something refreshing about the masculine tailoring of the wide-leg trousers with bold bustiers, bias-cut spaghetti-strap dresses and draped off-the-shoulders peasant tops. Forget florals and ethereal fabrics in soft shades, go bold or go home.

See more Emilio de la Morena SS’15 here

Top Beauty Tip for SS’15

Basharatyan V, Fashion, RTW, SS'15, London Fashion Week, LFW

Poker-straight hair isn’t going anywhere soon (try a dead-straight ponytail this season), but all of a sudden there seemed to be extra bounce. Whether that be delicately waved ends, as seen as Mulberry, or full-of-life bobs at Basharatyan V. Bigger does really seem to be better, so get some volume for SS’15!

Best FROW at LFW

Topshop Unique, FROW, LFW, RTW< SS'15, Fashion, London Fashion Week

By sheer virtue of being a smorgasbord of celebrities, Topshop Unique pulled in the winning FROW. Forget Cara Delevingne and Jordan Dunn on the catwalk, Anna Wintour took a selfie with other FROW-ers, including Hailee Steinfeld!

For more LFW SS’15 fun, check out the Pinterest board.

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