London Fashion Week

Saturday 5 March 2016 by

London Fashion Week: the two times a year that the capital becomes the sartorial epicentre of it all. It’s one of my favourite times of the year – and this time I’ve picked out my top five shows for you…

Bora Aksu, London Fashion Week, AW16

Bora Aksu

I have quite a lot of love for Bora Aksu. For the latest AW’16 collection, he channels the opulence of the Grand Duchess Olga of Russia with the juxtaposition of base fabrics – marrying together the intricacies of folk romanticism. Gold, fuchsia and aubergine play against textured black in tailoring to emphasise the feminine.

Emilia Wickstead, London Fashion Week, AW16

Emilia Wickstead

Inspired by Erwin Blumenfeld’s ‘Fantasies’ series, Emilia Wickstead’s latest collection is a love letter to the Sixties, with a sophisticated Chelsea-set 21st Century twist. Rich fabrics in raspberry and mustard make bold statements whilst the silhouettes are brazen and indulgent. It remains an elegant, romantic take on style.

London Fashion Week, AW16, Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Sunday of LFW was impossibly fantastic – with a strong outing at Mulberry from new creative director Johnny Coca (orange and lime green and coats to die for) and a marrying of Victoriana and floral romanticism at Temperley London (think frills and big splashy flowers). But of course it has to be Alexander McQueen who tops the day. Sarah Burton brought the show back to Britain and made it memorable enough to still be talked about a week later. This year’s McQueen girl is said to be a night-time girl who blurs the lines between dream and reality. The collection itself was full of the familiar McQueen tailoring, glittering with whimsy – butterflies and stars and organza. It certainly felt dream-like.

London Fashion Week, AW16, Burberry

Burberry

Monday saw Erdem reach new heights, but it was Burberry that took the crown for me. It had little of the Seventies flair around the high collars and brocade, the lamé and yellow python. Of course, it’s the coats that we came for – for the traditionalist there’s cashmere and shearling, military and aviator, or for the bolder wearer, there’s khaki fox fur and a green python trench coat.

London Fashion Week, AW16, Amanda Wakeley

Amanda Wakeley

There’s nothing quite like an Amanda Wakeley show to prove how clean lines and hard-edged functionality can marry with luxe fabrics and soft hues to make a timeless collection. Baby blue coats with fox fur sleeves were followed by leather jogging bottoms and bomber jackets with go-faster stripes. The designer calls it her “contemporary warrior” combination – classic lines for the no-nonsense.

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