LONDON FASHION WEEK SS13: Who We Can’t Wait To See!
That time of year is nearly upon us, designers have recently appeared on national missing lists, more pop-up shops are opening on a daily basis than Rihanna tweets and diary’s are in need of a major facelift after been scribbled, torn and added constantly to fit in all the events, shows and presentations that are about to hit the City. Yes fashion lovers, London fashion Week is here!
In just over a week the pavements of London will be getting hit hard with the highest of spiked heels and heaviest of flatforms, running frantically down the streets, trying to make it on time to each show. We cannot wait!
Just for you, we have picked our favourite designers from last season for a little taste of what is to come this time around, although as fashion goes, anything can happen! With the joyous celebrations of everything British this year still in full flow, we have a feeling this is going to be one to remember…
No fashion week is complete without the genius of all fashion kings, Mr Christopher Kane. One of the most popular shows of the week with editors, stylist, journalists, celebrities all cramming in desperately for a seat to the spectacular view. With this, Kane never disappoints. Taking on a dark, morbid, more sinister approach for his AW12, with rich velvet, purple tulle mesh and the ‘vial of blood’ hue that infused the feeling of threatening entities together in pinstripe. This was a brilliant contrast to the Scottish designer’s airy, fresh, very white SS12 collection. We wait with breath that is overly excited, paused intently for more exquisite creations to come.
Now when it comes to collection forecasting, Ashish is pretty much on the money. We know we can expect thousands of sequins, truck loads of colour and vibrant, wonderfully crazy print that will clash with absolute, vigorous certainty. And this is what makes Ashish a personal favourite of FashionBite! From slogan statement tees, graffiti embossed leggings, nose-to-ear chains, rainbow striped creeper boots, knitted grunge layers, smiley face jumpsuits, psychedelic sarongs, part refugee/part Marrakech hippy/part skinhead/totally cool. The theme, ‘anything goes’ here and anything will this season.
No epic London event can commence without including a British institution, a national treasure, a true ‘proud to be British’ moment and with this only one contender can possible ride out: bow to the Burberry. Every year, each season, models get sent down the runway at sensational surroundings of historical buildings in the most stunning ready-to-wear pieces, and somehow, each time it surpasses the last. Christopher Bailey has done for the brand what Galliano did for Dior, giving it a brand new, dynamic 21st century feel but still keeping to its traditional, iconic roots.
‘Town and Field’ was the theme for AW12 with the superb distinction of tweed flat caps, slate grey double breasted coats, mustard nipped waist bows, tartan peplums, striped peasant wool skirts and the most astounding tailoring and fine detail that we have come to expect from such an establishment. We can assume it will definitely be in the bag again this year.
When you think of London, you imagine colour, a bold approach to pattern and print and a unique styling that only us Brits can get away with. We seem to have a natural approach, eccentricity if you must, to putting looks and mixing different influences together and no designer says all this and more, better that Henry Holland. With his young, innovative, bright approach to fashion, no-one can design a flared dogtooth suit more fabulous than him. The fashion ‘It’ crowd love him, Television wants him, the highstreet needs him and the under 25’s adore him, you know you are in for a fun, frivolous and a ‘who’s who’ in the celebrity world at one of Holland’s shows. To own a House of Holland collection would be a true Willy Wonka dream come true.
Our queen of LFW last season was Holly Fulton. The bold aesthetic, demanding graphic print, vivacious use of colour and influences that spiralled from the Art Deco movement, 1960’s eye-catching print and butterflies – there was so much to take in that we nearly exploded in utter awe. From the stunning drop chandelier earrings, bubblegum pink PVC digital print biker jacket, cross body cut-away butterfly dress and neon oversized man’s blazer, to the huge fun fur bags, high neck turquoise dress, that would have looked like grandma’s curtains anywhere else but here and the peacock oriental shift. Hurry up LFW, the anticipation is getting too much to handle!