3 designers having a good week so far at London Fashion Week….
Half term over, combined with intense traffic, and ‘Lets dig up a road in central London because an oligarch can,’ means one thing…. LFW must be in full swing.
Let’s go back to go forward. London Fashion Week gave us an eclectic week, Christopher Bailey who has spent the majority of his career at Burberry shielding us from the rain in the form of trench coats switched attack for his last ever runway show. He gave us Rainbow striped gilets and rainbow fake fur coats, it was the most colourful Burberry we have ever seen. Of course people loved it, anything contrary to a brands natural house look is usually noted as ‘refreshing’ . Needless to say the colours that of pride, were symbolic of the firm’s support for all LGBTQ+ charities. Congratulations to Christopher, not just on the show but for significant achievements during his tenure. Notable moments include moving the Burberry show from Milan to London in 2009 and most importantly doing something few in the fashion world have done, resurrect a brand that was fighting against the iconic check pattern becoming a symbolic expression for the council estate.
Whilst Christopher will leave a hole, notable candidates such as Phoebe Philo and Kim Jones are successor names teetering around the congested streets of London.
Next spotlight, Roksanda. Ilincic’s collection also gave us warmth through elaborate scarfing and intense colouring via sophisticated daywear to bold night outfits. Duvet coats and delicate tapering tobacco hued trousers also came in to full effect to show Illincic’s play more into daytime wear. She then gave us fantasy via the use of dramatic volumes on trapeze-line gowns that gracefully danced away from the body. If you are looking for some head turning high chic ready to wear, Roksanda is on point.
Next up HRH, her runway collection this season… No we are joking. However a true sight to see was HRH Queen Elizabeth II nestled between Caroline Rush and Anna Wintour at Richard Quinn’s show. In a rare visit to London Fashion Week, HRH began her visit by exploring the BFC's designer showrooms space meeting junior designers before heading to Richard Quinn's autumn/winter 2018 show. Quinn known for his rich floral patterns and headscarves, managed to receive a few smiles from the Queen as the motorcycle helmet clad models took to the catwalk. There was no sunglasses on the front row from HRH, however keep your eyes peeled for a Quinn headscarf at Balmoral this summer.
Next stop Milan...