LFW SS15: Everything you need to know from all the major shows (PART II)
FashionBite’s Amy Everett brings you all the highlights from the Spring/Summer ’15 shows…(Check out LFW PART I for a full run-down..)
For a full image break-down of all the shows visit Vogue.co.uk.
PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI
With a very quirky mix of references, Preen showcased buzzing colour and print in African tribal patterns with florals, beading and lace, tempered with English cricket jumpers. The collection started off with loose silhouettes and moved on to structured jackets with neon zips and bandage dresses.
Sophia Webster hosted an early morning acid rave, complete with jungle music, stilettos, boots and sandals in electric camp prints, floral motifs, daring bondage boots and Aztec geometric prints. Model’s faces were chalked up in a white Mayan feel, not dissimilar to past Vivienne Westwood looks.
The designer stepped even further away from the digital prints that made her name, with grown up column dresses inspired by early geologic time Pangea. Models walked along black lava-like flooring wearing sheer tulle stripes with cleverly chosen flashes of flesh. Pewter and khaki lace dresses with camisole tops or knife pleats featured on what is arguably Katrantzou’s most accomplished collection to date.
Pure Seventies styling (another trend) in reds, hot pinks and neon paradise shades played out at the Matthew Williamson show. Huge bouncy hair and seventies shades, Studio 54 maxi gowns and pencil skirts with strong, boxy jackets (another emerging trend).
HOUSE OF HOLLAND
Henry Holland’s inspiration this season was ‘a groupie on a mission – she knows what she wants and how to get it, with Purple Haze on the stereo and a riot of colour on the models. Shiny snake print miniskirts, shimmering tunics and wide trousers featured in a collection that was made to be Instagrammed. This girl can and will never blend in, with holographics, splashes of neon and #nofilter (the cocktail should be called #nofilter).
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD RED
A politically charged show with models vehemently sporting YES badges in favour of Scottish Independence. Dramatic black liquid liner across and around the eyes, lips messily sewn up, foreheads strewn in messages and gold, pink and green freckles were splattered across cheeks. Typically rebellious, the collection featured thick stripes in red and dove grey plus plenty of large polka dots. Reminiscent of Bowie’s 70s Freddie Buretti suit, textured leggings, floral wiggle dresses, painterly blue and white print, cotton summer dresses and tops with tiering, were showcased alongside signature sculpted-bust gowns in chintzy vintage flower prints.
Margaret Howell featured masculine-inspired blazers in wishy washy beige hues over black trousers, black v-necks and white plimsolls. This is wearable, real clothing that doesn’t betray the public with fantastical pieces they’d never done to dinner or brunch, but items they’ll actually buy and wear for years. Cream cashmere sweaters were styled over pleated white skirts, alongside feminine sleeveless grey dress with a black belt.
Teen rebellion hung in the air at Ashley Williams, against a soundtrack of The Smiths and other punk songs. Asian-inspired with scribblings all over the pieces – one cartoon showed a girl being kicked in the behind with a stiletto – literally a ‘kick ass’ collection with tons of attitude. Cheeky, fun and tongue-in-cheek, glitter bras over scrunched tops were shown with neon eye colour and dirty hair.
Retro styling inspired by the British Isles and the faded glamour of the seaside was on display at Topshop Unique, with old school ballroom gowns, athletic stripes, optic white skirts and blocks of colour.
Normally rather structural, this collection was fresh and fluid with softer lines, flowing hems and draping, asymmetrical shapes. Reminiscent of Grecian column dresses, with lots of white and cream.