There is what you could call a fashion hangover in our office right now. There’s a golden bird headpiece on a desk, too many shoes to count on shelves and a few exhausted but happy girls sat at their desks. London Fashion Week is finally over. Between keeping tabs of all the collections and explaining to out of town friends how fashion week Sunday isn’t the best time to see Isabella Blow at Somerset House, we’ve kept ourselves nice and busy. Now is the quiet time for reflection. We saw a number of amazing things over those four days and narrowing it down to five favourites is proving difficult. Unexpected was our wish and it was granted. There was a huge variety of colour, material and shapes, much of which was outstanding. We lusted after the beautiful blues of Richard Nicoll, flared trousers and veils of Meadham Kirchhoff caught our eye. Belstaff’s silhouettes are certain to influence our outfits. From the unofficial shows, Pam Hogg’s Pussy Riot tribute sparked emotions and Christian Cowan-Sanluis made us gleam with joy. But, it was the magic of the likes of KTZ and Fyodor Golan that totally sent us over the edge. Without any excessive mumbling - our highlights! Fyodor Golan
's glittering show erased any suspicions or doubts we may have had. The tech inspired collection overflowed with colours usually reserved for spring/summer season but the English weather is months upon months of bad skiing weather as it is; depressing. Misery will not restrict Golan however, his clothes become the antithesis. 3D prints, Nokia tablets and metallic coated wool all made appearances, pink sparkly garments made our hearts beat faster but for us the walking dragonfly was the undoubtedly the star of the show.
To balance it with something slightly more, um, balanced, how about Simone Rocha
?! We rated it a lot! The ultra sheer fabrics, circle skirts and snake skin were all a good mix. The touch of gold made it seem rather royal which was in turn quite romantic. It's the collection fit for a modern day queen. Seduction and power shine through the metallics while tartan suits and peeking nips channel the inner rebel chick having fun.
Speaking of powerful women (the ones Tyra Banks would no doubt call fierce), Belstaff
also caters for the kind. The coats and jackets in their various shapes and cuts come with a special kinda 2-for-1 deal made of wind protection and no BS attitude. The oversized mittens add a touch of silliness to the otherwise forceful collection but it's the spirit of punk and the feel of recklessness not limited to a biker babe that takes home the prize.
Not quite sure how we feel about the tulle dresses but it's the sparkles that get us. Even though the amount of sequins here is almost non-existent compared to previous seasons, there is still enough shimmer and shine to make a girl dizzy. The sporty platforms with LED lights and tinsel like strips on tracksuits are enough to send the laziest fashionista for a morning jog but more than shiny stuff and glommed up sportswear, we love the shapes and structure Ashish is introducing to its collection.
The show we quite possibly anticipated the most was KTZ
. It was a clash of the Moroccan goddess and east London club warrior and the results were spectacular. There was a lot of gold. There was gold on black, gold on white, around necks and covering whole bodies. The Moroccan influenced mirror details and embroidery were fresh and sheer organza juxtaposed well with the sporty references. Stacked wedges with the kinda clips you'd see on snowboarding shoes and puffer jackets are just ace. Throw this all together with their traditional strong silhouettes and we like.