Category Archives: London Fashion Week

Animal World

The catwalks have been alive with pieces taking inspiration from the animal world.

Choose a statement dress borrowed from the animal world this fall …

Add a reptile Print

Incorporate some leopard spots

Cover up with a hunter jacket

and add feathered accessories…

Now go wild!!

LLLB

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Emporio Armani Woman A/W

THE SPY

 
Inspiration

In the style of a film noir, beauty is concealed behind a pair of dark
glasses and under a hat tilted over the forehead to suggest a hidden
mystery. This enigma is heightened by the perception of a life without
frontiers, according to a plot that follows an aesthetic journey between
different worlds. A precisely defined vision, treated ironically to give an
effortless and contemporary image. A stylish take on international
espionage, travelling through time and distance, referencing the beat of
great nightclubs and the silence of famous hotels.

Total Black

Total black, with a flash of arctic white: a colour combination that
explores the interplay of light, shape and proportion. In this way each
outfit becomes an end in itself, telling a personal story through the matt
density of the cloth, the sheen of the velvet, the light touch of Mongolian
fur and the restraint of eco fur.

Silhouette

Seductive and practical jumpsuits, with full trousers cut as sharp as a
blade to emphasise the long, fluid silhouette. With raw-edge finishes and
sculpted jackets featuring concealed or covered buttons. Just a single
element of colour – the palest pink of bare legs worn without tights, of a
scooped neckline, and of gloveless hands clutching perfectly designed bags.


LLLB


Michael Van Der Ham

For Autumn/Winter 2011 Michael Van Der Ham redefines his unique aesthetic presenting his second standalone show with the coveted New Gen scheme.

The new season sees his diverse collage technique being refined and honed to a focused exploration of the qualities of singular fabrics. In splicing and placing alternating grains of velvet he presents to us an exciting and innovative interpretation of the traditional fabric.

Typical to his individual working practice Van Der Ham is not influenced by a particular framework of reference from popular culture. Instead he fuses a curiosity of silhouettes from past eras with a precise concern for innovative cutting techniques to create paradoxical garments that are both timelessly elegant and startlingly original.

Complementing the dresses Van Der Ham has become renowned for, AW 2011 sees the introduction of knitwear, taking inspiration from archives of vintage floral prints. The prints have been cleverly reworked into fine Italian jacquard knitted dresses, cardigans and tops with highlights of gold and silver Lurex.

An introduction of outerwear to the collection this season sees Van Der Ham’s collage technique applied to sartorial classics. Dusky pink and black mohair coats and jackets are given the Van der Ham treatment with no two sleeves the same on each piece. This twist on conventional outerwear once again emphasises Van der Ham’s distinct signature and asserts his pioneering vision of fusing classic shapes with intellectual, innovative cutting and placement.

Autumn Winter 11 sees Van Der Ham’s work enter a new chapter with a presentation that delivers a more austere, sophisticated edge yet remains faithful to the playful, intelligent charm he is much admired for.

A truly breathtaking show. LLLB


London Fashion Week

HOLLY FULTON AUTUMN/ WINTER 2011

 

Kiss me Quick, Squeeze me Slow – Holly Fulton pays tribute to the powers of love, romance and the magic of seduction in a mesmerising collection rich with sumptuous texture, hand worked detail and surrealist graphic reveries.

Here are a selection of images from her superb show …

 

The period Coco Chanel spent in Fulton’s native Scotland in the throes of an intense love affair with the Duke of Westminster is inspiration for Fulton’s romantic journey. Bespoke hand woven tweeds in bold yellow, ivory and black threaded with snakeskin and velvet ribbon create easy ‘shrug-on chic’ jackets, and embellished shift dresses with sumptuous devore inserts and Mongolian fur trims.

There is a sultry yet surreal air to eveningwear with a psychedelic ‘hand & gun’ and ‘lips smoking’ print on beautifully cut engineered print palazzo pant and silk columns that are hung from crystal, python, and patent neckpieces. Jewellery as an integral part of clothes, and accessories that are covered in jewels have become a Fulton signature since her debut collection in 2009. Azure, teal, chrome yellow and black tones, smoke grey black and red underline the dramatic yet playful undercurrent of Fulton’s aesthetic.

Holly Fulton has collaborated with Swarovski for the 5th season in the inventive crystal embellishments that include ‘coral’ fringing, facetted domes mirrored pieces and Pollock like splashes that ‘ drip’ down the shoulders and décolleté of stunning, siren evening gowns. The richness of 3-D detail wrought in trompe l’oeil prints, appliqué, devore and kinetic trims create a new chapter of bold, modern luxury.

LLLB


London Fashion Week Presents…

Burberry Prorsum Collection AW11 –

Day 4

The collection

“We are thrilled to be bringing the Burberry show to our widest audience yet in an immersive, interactive and entertaining experience. We have always used digital communication to deepen our connection with the customer and allow people all over the world to experience Burberry no matter where they are. Whether you are at home online, watching in Piccadilly Circus, using a mobile device or in our store in Beijing everyone will be able to feel the energy and attitude of the brand and the excitement of the show.”
Christopher Bailey, Burberry Chief Creative Officer

The Catwalk

The Celebrities

Rachel Bilson wearing Burberry

Kate Bosworth wearing Burberry

Anna Wintour and Samantha Cameron – Where fashion meets politics

Jamie Hince, Alison Mosshart and Alexa Chung

Lily Donaldson wearing Burberry

Ellie Goulding wearing Burberry

And the boys…

Douglas Booth

French/Senegalese Model Sacha M’baye wearing Burberry

Arguably his best collection yet, Christopher Bailey stunned at the Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2011 Womenswear show yesterday. The polished collection, whose line of celebrity followers were out in force, has been named ‘Shrimpton’ after swinging Brit model and fashion icon Jean Shrimpton.

The collection which was paraded down a snow filled catwalk, consisted of sculptures silhouettes, volumised outerwear in English heritage tweeds, oversized crop cape jackets in hand woven high wool twists, flat front cropped trousers and window cut out dresses with engineered stitching. Detail was key and focs was on cables, leather buttons, leather rope martingales, gathered back pleats, luggage stitching and multi tiered cuffs and so much more!

It seems the celebs took to the iconic Burberry trenchcoat too for the show! His timeless pieces seem to be endless, season after season failing to impress, it doesn’t surprise me he returns with another fabulous collection for AW11.

The show ended with the army of wellie-clad models strutting their stylish selves down the runway. Now if that isn’t entertainment…

And the music: Someone Like You: Adele, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, and You Don’t Own Me, Dusty Springfield, It’s A Har dLife, Roger Daltry.

What a show. LLLB