London Fashion Week, February 2016
The Alexander McQueen Homecoming
Sarah Burton brought McQueen back to London for the first time in twenty years – and the show did not disappoint.
The dreamy AW16 collection was Burton’s most romantic yet and featured glossy coats emblazoned with motifs, cut out lace and ruffle cocktail dresses, and exquisitely tailored tuxedo suits.
The show finished with a number of incredible red-carpet gowns that we’re hoping will make their way to the Oscar carpet this weekend.
Mary Katrantzou AW16
For autumn/winter 2016, Mary's signature prints were back, this time taking on ponies, stars, glittering hearts, butterflies and flames.
This collection was made up of playful adornments, pencil skirts, shirt collars, maxi-length skirts and some seriously pretty dresses.
Vivienne Westwood AW16
It was the politics and fashion mash-up we’ve come to know and love at Westwood’s London Fashion Week presentation.
The collection boasted slouchy suits, signature tartan prints and oversized jackets that nodded to an androgynous theme. Layering was a central part of the styling, always a go-to trick for perfect autumn/winter dressing.
The evening gowns were as dramatic as you’d expect from this quirky designer, including one stand-out piece which boasted metallic detailing and a full sweeping skirt.
Mulberry At London Fashion Week 2016
The British fashion house gave its iconic handbags a makeover for this collection, with new designer Johnny Coca making his mark.
Pleats and floaty cuts stole the show, adding a romantic and mysterious feel to the runway. Metallic chains were also a recurring theme.
Slip dresses, sparkling embellishments and sheer fabrics also featured, but the designer's new collection of bags really stole the show.
Giles Deacon Closes His Ready-To-Wear Line
What with the departure of Jonathan Saunders from his eponymous label, Raf Simons from Dior and Albert Elbaz from Lanvin, it's hardly surprising that the rest of the fashion industry is recognising a need to change the way they operate - and that's exactly what Giles Deacon has done. Yep, the Brit fashion favourite has announced the temporary closure of his ready-to-wear line so that he can focus on couture.
Speaking to WWD, he explained: "We want to focus on what we do well, and maximise the success of the red carpet and private client work we've been doing over the past four years. We want to be the go-to business for super special daywear and eveningwear, to focus on what we are known for, and what our customers want from us.
"With couture, it means I get to show fall in July, with delivery in September. My clients will be getting their pieces in season."
Add to that the fact that his couture collection will retail between £3,000 and £5,000 for a bespoke dress and £50,000 to £70,000 for red-carpet creations and it's not hard to see how this could well be a good move for the designer.
Watch this space.
London Fashion Week 2016 So Far:
Ever wished you could sit FROW-side to see the new collections from your very favourite designers at London Fashion Week? Well, you're in luck; a host of some of fashion's brightest names are set to debut their new offerings for you, the public.
As soon as LFW has finished, Emilia Wickstead, Temperley London, Holly Fulton and Mary Katrantzou will then show their AW16 collections again at London Fashion Weekend, which is a consumer event. According to reports, each designer will show their clothes on the runway from two to four times per day.
This year, London Fashion Weekend will take place from 25-28th February, at the Saatchi Gallery in London. You can buy tickets here.
London Fashion Week never fails to attract the A-list, and this year is no exception. This time, however, you could be hanging out with your favourite supermodels. Sort of.
The legendary Madame Tussauds has created a brand new, behind-the-scenes experience of LFW, featuring two of the most famous faces in the world. Yup, Cara and Kendall will be there, albeit in wax form. Each supermodel attended extensive sittings with Madame Tussauds' sculptors in order to create lifelike new wax figures, which will be ready and waiting for you to take selfies with.
There will also be a runway, on which you can practice your best model strut, in front of Anna Wintour herself. Not only that, there will be an array of other exciting surprises, not to mention the opportunity to take home some fashion-packed goodie bags.
Opening on Monday, 8th February, tickets start at £23.80 when you book your tickets here: www.madametussauds.com/london.
You better get in quick; it's not every day you get the chance to go backstage at LFW. And with CaKe, no less.
Previously At London Fashion Week, 2015:
Everything You Need To Know:
Christopher Raeburn’s Spring Fling
Floaty fabrics, kimono wraps and a soft palette of yellow, blue, green and white is what made up Christopher Raeburn’s SS16 collection. Relaxed slip and shirt dresses made many an appearance as well as multiple military-inspired olive green and cornflower blue ensembles, but it was the obi-belt that really came out on top. Seen within almost all of Raeburn’s looks, the accessory came as part of an elegant waist pouch resembling the infamous festival bum bag. All in all, pairing this with numerous boyfriend fit frocks and jacket-and-short suits, the collection could easily pass for that of a tomboy.
Ashish's Skater Girls
If there’s one designer we can rely on to see London Fashion Week out with a bang, it’s Ashish Gupta. Yesterday, his catwalk clique strutted down the runway dripping in the designer's signature sequins for the SS16 show, with some of the models using skateboards to make their runway appearance. Add to that metallic slip dresses, embellished capes and decorated flares and what came of the show was a colourful (and chaotic) combination of ‘90s teen queens, skater grunge and sports luxe. Meanwhile, frayed denim and heart-shaped holes on candy pink shirtdresses and flares came as a welcome alternative to the otherwise sequin-consumed collection. The result? Nonconformist, in-your-face, irreverent fun. We loved it.
Billie JD Porter Reveals Her Ultimate Fashion Week Look
Come fashion week, Billie JD Porter is always one to prove she's worth her style salt, so when we heard that she was in town we just had to arrange a catch-up. Sporting a whole lot of vintage, a retro style Lulu Guinness tote, Kat Maconie shoes and some oversized Vera Wang specs, she looked every inch the fashionista. As for her time at London Fashion Week, it sounds like Billie is starting to look at the whole fashion thing in a new light. She said: "I'm trying to be less of a mess this season, I'm definitely going less hard." To find out what else she had to say, click here for the full video.
Get Rosie Fortescue’s London Fashion Week Look
If there’s one fashionista that gets it right every time, it’s Rosie Fortescue. And this season, in between a mountain of shows, parties, presentations and outfit changes, we were lucky enough to catch up with Miss Fortescue herself for an exclusive insight into just one of her many outfit changes. The best part? Her look includes some of our favourite high-street hot shots. Watch the full video here to see which pieces you can get your hands on.
Angela Scanlon's Fashion Week Diary
Fashion week pro, Angela Scanlon has been keeping us posted on all of her London Fashion Week happenings, from celeb parties to her outfits of the day!
After @orlakeily presentation! Popped this seasons LFW cherry x
Popped into my pal Dawn's new pop up on Newburgh Street for sweets, chats and an impromptu dress up sesh!! Obsessed with this dress, the 'Kirsten' from her label BOB by DOP.
William Banks of William Vintage is like an encyclopedia, except he dresses better and the information is mostly about fashion through the ages. He is deliciously passionate and impossibly stylish so an evening in Claridges was just too tempting...
Reenacting my favourite movie (Mannequin, duh!) with some of my favourite people at William Vintage dinner.
Ashish rounded off the week with an explosion of glittered up skater girls who took to the runway on boards. It was a celebration of individuality. The perfect medicine for a soggy, grumpy, slightly hungover bunch!
Angela’s London Fashion Week style diary was shot on a HTC One M9 and the HTC RE.
Mother Of Pearl’s New Ethos
Despite only joining the London Fashion Week roster last year, Mother of Pearl has built itself up an impressive clientele including Cara Delevingne, Elle Fanning, Florence Welch and Emma Watson, and it’s not hard to see why. Fusing the brand’s signature sports-luxe ID with modern femininity, its spring/summer 2016 collection is perhaps more wearable than it’s predecessors. Floral shirt dresses, frilly turtlenecks and hues of pink act as a new, girly addition to the brand’s usual ethos, while its traditional sportswear aesthetic remains apparent in cuff-hems and waistbands resembling jogging bottoms and straw boater hats mirroring those on the cricket pitch.
Holly Fulton Fun
Scottish designer Holly Fulton reigns supreme when it comes to witty, pop-art inspired twists, and her spring/summer 2016 collection did not deviate. Oversized ruffles in bold neon hues and psychedelic prints on retro bodysuits, skater dresses and flared trews came in line with Holly's usual adventurous approach to fashion, with towering strappy platforms, mini clutch totes and 60s style specs completing each look. On the whole, the complete Holly Fulton show made for the playful, fun experience we expected.
A Lesson In Geometry With Jean-Pierre Braganza
Jean-Pierre Braganza took geometrics from big to BIG with his show yesterday. Indeed, the London-based designer proved his style credentials with bold, digitalised geometric prints adorning almost all of his looks. Asymmetric cuts and plunging deep V necklines were not far behind, while a consistent palette of striking reds, blues, yellows and monochromes boded for a more powerful look. As for fabrics, leather came as a welcome addition to the cotton dominating much of the collection. Designs aside, Elle Eyre and TOWIE stars Lucy Mecklenburgh and Sam Faiers were amongst those lucky enough to call first dibs on their favourite pieces.
A Step Back In Time With PPQ
Held at Central London’s unique venue The Studio, PPQ’s SS16 show saw models hit the runway in a combination of designs toeing the line between retro and modern. The collection came solely of a palette of white, blue and black, but it was the bold patterns, exaggerated ruffling and dramatic gemstone jewellery by new brand Rocks & Co. that took it from what would have been simple sophistication to something a little more periodic. Meanwhile, sheer fabrics, cut-outs and thigh-high leg-splits instilled a sense of sexy into the looks - something we’re sure guests Rosie Fortescue, Millie Macintosh and Talliah Storm will be keen to get a hold of come next season.
Jasper Conran Goes Green
If there's one word that springs to mind from the Jasper Conran SS16 show, it's nature. A palette of greens and browns pioneered the theme, taken further by various tree-like prints, kaleidoscopic dye effects adorning billowing chiffons and effervescent sequining referencing the underwater world. The venue, of course, was also suitably fixed up for the event with a more than appropriate green runway complete with reflections mirroring those found in puddles or the ocean. This isn't the first we've seen of nature in the shows so far, with Philip Lim at New York Fashion Week leading the pack, which has left us pretty certain it's going to be big next season.
Daks’ Italian Transformation
Since Italian Creative Director Filippo Scuffi took over at the helm of Daks, the British brand has undergone one hell of a makeover and yesterday saw yet another step forward on the path of haute gamme Italian tailoring. What would once have been a combination of wool, camels and checks, came as chic monochromatic patterns, drop-waist taffeta frocks and the unlikely appearance of various bold silver metallics. Whether it’s traditional British identity has dissolved or not, an impressive turnout including near enough the entire Made in Chelsea cast suggests the brand is still going strong.
A Colourful Addition From Bora Aksu
While Instagram teasers had portrayed sombre illustrated characters, what played out on the Bora Aksu catwalk was a flawless homage to colour and light, drawing upon influences from Aksu's Turkish heritage. Feminine silhouettes, intricate lace finishes and ethereal textures stood at the helm of the show, complimented by a sun-drenched palette of orchard lemons, tangerines and pomegranates. The result? A positively optimistic addition to the Fashion Week schedule.
Felder Felder’s Wear-Forever Collection
Vivid colours, quirky romantic summer prints and risqué shapes set the tone at Felder Felder’s SS16 show. Interestingly, however, the London based design duo and identical twins Daniela and Annette Felder shunned London Fashion Week’s suitably edgy Brewer Street Car Park location in favour of long-term and considerably more classic Fashion Week venue Freemasons Hall. Either way, a mixture of girly bodycons, metallic co-ords and demure maxi dresses made for one of the most all-encompassing collections we’ve seen yet. And, a rapturous applause from FROW-ers including Millie Macintosh and Laura Whitmore suggests we aren’t the only ones who think so.
You Can Get Your Hands On The Official LFW Tote Bag
The official London Fashion Week tote bag is given out to all fashion week attendees, meaning that you will be carrying the same tote as all those fabulous FROWers if you are lucky enough to snap one up. This season, Sunglass Hut have teamed up with LFW designer Gareth Pugh to create one seriously iconic and patriotic bag which you will get for free if you spend over £100 on a shiny new pair of sunnies. Sounds like a pretty good deal to us!
Abbey Clancy To Present London Fashion Week Show On BBC iPlayer
Ever wondered what it’s really like to mingle on the FROW? Well now, as part of an exclusive trio of programmes, you can have unprecedented access to all the ins and outs of LFW. Hosted by supermodel Abbey Clancy, singer Lianne La Havas and fashion vlogger Grace Victory, the BBC iPlayer shows will see each presenter meeting designers and getting up close and personal with their creations. They’ll become available on September 27at 9pm. Let the countdown begin!
Christopher Raeburn And Clarks Announce Collaboration
British designer Christopher Raeburn has collaborated with footwear aficionado Clarks to curate a show-stopping collection which will be revealed at London Fashion Week. Consisting of 11 styles for both men and women, the range is inspired by anthropologist Tom Harrison in Borneo, drawing upon Christopher’s utilitarian aesthetic. Come September 22nd, fashionistas and FROW-ers can expect to see a selection of classic sandals featuring bold ankle straps and unique woven detail sauntering down the SS16 runway.
Raeburn said: “We have been able to successfully evolve a design aesthetic that captures the essence of both brands, as well as bringing to life the seasonal narrative.” We just can’t wait for it to land in stores!
Athenaeum Hotel And Apartments To Hold Fashion Dog Walk
To mark the start of LFW, Mayfair’s Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments and pet accessory brand Hiro + Wolf have announced that they will host a dog walk to launch the brand’s new fashion collection for canines. From pearl leads to ruffle collars and quilted coats, we’re itching to see what the whole collection will bring come show time. Either way, with a combo like pets and style, we’re sure it’ll make for one hell of an event.
Julien Macdonald To Debut Menswear
As if we weren’t already excited enough to witness Julien Macdonald’s next Fashion Week spectacle, the designer has just announced that he will present menswear for the very first time at London Fashion Week. In total, a series of 12 to 14 menswear looks will hit the runway alongside Julien’s womenswear pieces, including sweats, t-shirts and separates. If his existing collections are anything to go by, we’ll bet our bottom dollar this isn’t one any male fashionista will want to miss.
Fashion Scout Announces Ones To Watch
Fashion Scout has announced the four lucky designers who will show at Freemasons Hall during London Fashion Week this September.
Yep, Anita Hirlekar, JS Shin, Leaf Xia and Typical Freaks will all be debuting their collections – and with the likes of David Koma, Felder Felder, Helen Lawrence and Eudon Choi having showed with the event before, we’re expecting big things.
Fashion Scout’s founder and director Martyn Roberts added: “The combination of our four designers chosen from countries as diverse as China and Iceland promises to be our most exciting season ever.”
GHD Has Launched A Seriously Cool Pop-Up
To mark London Fashion Week’s move to trendy Brewer Street car park, iconic hair brand GHD will be providing an exclusive S&M style hair service in the heart of Soho.
From Friday 18th to Tuesday 22nd September, the brand’s best stylists will be offering visitors the opportunity to have their locks whipped into shape according to two menus: Sleek or Movement (S&M). And, inspired by SS16’s hottest hair trends and carefully curated by GHD UK brand ambassador Zoe Irwin, we’re expecting only good things.
Not got the time for a hair appointment? The GHD S&M studio will also be providing a select few guests with Wi-Fi, charging devices and refreshments to recuperate between shows. So practically gold dust, then..
Tickets including a styling experience and exclusive S&M cocktail will be available from YPlan for £15. See you there!
You Just Got Invited To Sit On The FROW
Carnaby Street – which is just minutes away from the new LFW location of Brewer Street – will be live streaming the coolest shows and playing exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. From Sibling to Peter Pilotto and Marques Almeida, you will be able to check out what's coming down that catwalk as it happens. The giant screen will be on Carnaby Street all week, where you can also enjoy exclusive offers on both restaurants and clothes shops as well as live music and in-store events. We'll see you there!
Mary Katrantzou Has Designed The London Fashion Week Tote (And We Want It Now)
British designer Mary Katrantzou will not only be showing at LFW, she has designed the official LFW tote bag featuring her signature prints. You will be able to snap it up during London Fashion Weekend (you can buy tickets for this below).
MM6 Maison Margiela Will Show at London Fashion Week:
The British Fashion Council has just released the official line-up for September’s spring/summer 2016 shows, and there’s one new name on the roster that we can’t wait to see.
MM6 Maison Margiela, the diffusion label of Maison Margiela overseen by John Galliano, will show a presentation on Sunday 20thSeptember. That’s right, after skipping the autumn/winter 2015 season since Galliano took hold of the creative reins, MM6 usually shows in New York, so this marks a first for the label.
As for the impending presentation, further details are yet to be released, but if the drama of Galliano’s first couture collections for the brand are anything to go by, we’re expecting big things.
London Fashion Week Dates:
London Fashion Week runs from 18th-23rd September and we've got all you need to know about this season's shows – on and off the catwalk...
Somerset House has been home to London Fashion week since 2009, and those legendary cobbles have felt the shudder of 12 seasons of mayhem. However with the new season, comes a brand new venue.
This time, the new collections will make their debut at a new location- Brewer Street car park in Soho. But this isn't your average car park. It has previously played host to catwalks for Henry Holland, Richard Nicoll and Antonio Berardi. That's some impressive fashion credentials.
The Show Schedule:
There are some notable new and exciting additions to the show schedule, too. Versus, Versace’s sister brand, will now occupy a slot on the London schedule, with the brand's creative director, Anthony Vaccarello, showcasing his SS16 collection on the runway for the first time. Emma Hill, the former creative director of Mulberry, will also debut her accessories line, Hill & Friends at London Fashion Week, while other newcomers to the schedule include Toga, John Smedley (which will show its first womenswear offering) and Amanda Wakeley (who is returning to the London catwalk having staged a presentation last season).
London Fashion Week Tickets:
While you may not be able to nab tickets for the actual shows, make sure you keep an eye on our Instagram and Twitter for live updates of everything happening – you'll feel like you're there! And don't forget that it is possible to buy tickets for London Fashion Weekend. With exclusive shopping offers, catwalk shows and all the VIP buzz you're after, make sure to snap up a ticket before they all sell out. They are on sale now from just £20:
The NEWGEN Winners:
The BFC's initiative to support emerging designers, sponsored by Topshop, has been promoting London's best talent since 1993. Previous winners include Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda Ilincic and Nicholas Kirkwood, making for one impressive list of alumni.
This year's winners include 1205, Ryan Lo and 'It' girl fave, Ashley Williams, who will all receive catwalk sponsorship, while Claire Barrow, Danielle Romeril, Faustine Steinmetz and Molly Goddard will all receive support to enable them to stage a presentation of their SS16 collections. We can't wait to see what they've got up their collective sleeve.
Like Newgen, Headonism is an initiative set up to support emerging designers, but focused on milliners. Curated by hat-maker extraordinaire Stephen Jones OBE, this year's winners have just been announced. Joining last year's recipients Emma Yeo and Keely Hunter at the 2015 showcase are Sophie Beale and Harvy Santos.
Santos creates "feminine, modern, intricately hand worked pieces that can be worn with ease".
With previous Headonism designers including the directional Piers Atkinson, we know we'll be in for some seriously statement headwear from these guys come London Fashion Week. Watch this space.