February 21, 2014

Musings on London Fashion Week A/W’14

Given that there are numerous London gals in the TOH team, all of our eyes were on the catwalks last week, to see who showed the most potential for the upcoming AW14 season. TOH was lucky enough to attend some of the shows including one of the teams favourite brands Felder Felder! Not only were eyes on the models but also on the socialites that sat on the FROW, making an impression in their ever-perfect outfits – Suki Waterhouse, Poppy Delevingne, Daisy Lowe, Harry Styles and Kate Moss.

Highlights of the week also included Cara Delevingne’s Mulberry collection launch (boy are we obsessed!) Cara’s selfie on the runway and Kendall Jenner’s debut – its all about Cara!

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TOH’s favourite shows:

Burberry

A delicate sort of anarchism (if you can imagine such a thing) was the bottom line of Bailey’s latest collection for Burberry with the brand’s classic trench coats reinterpreted with floral doodles. The same treatment was given to shearling aviator coats and to leather lace-up sandals. Of course, if this is a rebellion it is one of beauty with delicate linen, printed fly-away silk and blouson- sleeve tea-dresses in autumnal floral prints among this collection’s high points.

Mary Katrantzou

She’s the queen of digital prints but this season Mary Katrantzou threw a curveball by featuring — wait for it — no prints at all. But even without the prints that made her a star, the collection was a triumph. Redirecting her focus towards tactile 3D forms, the Greek designer incorporated heavy chainmail, airy knife pleats and metallic brocade.

JW Anderson

He’s the designer that doesn’t do dresses. At least he was. For next winter, Anderson has dabbled in the art. In keeping with his dedication to originality, Northern Irish Anderson reimagines the common frock with androgynous drapery and subversive silhouettes. The clog-like shoes enhance the anti-feminine feel.

This was an industrial, occasionally sinister showcase in which corduroy made a return to the catwalk.

House of Holland

A House of Holland catwalk show is never without a sense of humour. Henry Holland didn’t disappoint this season. Citing “debauched debutants” as his muse, Holland went on a kitsch charm offensive with ballroom tile prints, tabloid slogans and glittering champagne flutes adorning cropped jumpers and full prom skirts. His message for next winter: if it isn’t sequinned, ruffled or covered in pom-poms, don’t bother.

TOH’s favourite street style looks:

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