Wednesday, 2 October 2013

London Fashion Week SS14 – runway highlights

Picking out runway highlights from London Fashion Week this season was actually pretty tricky. It has a justified reputation as the most creative fashion week of the big four (although perhaps I’m a little biased!), so editing my favourites down to an appropriate length post was a challenge. This is by no means all of my favourite looks but a selection of the ones that inspired me the most.

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Nobody is going to be shocked that I’ve included a little Vivienne Westwood – how could I not? Every season she finds a new way to seduce me, producing an amazing collection with a hint of political activism and showstopping (completely off-the-wall!) makeup. The bold colours are a great example of how to do spring florals in a non-girly way and those burnt orange flats are gorgeous. Plenty of pieces were actually quite classic in design, fulfilling Westwood’s Red Label ethos that we should ignore throwaway fashions and choose quality over quantity.

Temperley London,

This may well be my favourite piece of the entire week! It is such a beautiful shape and that print is absolutely incredible – purple flowers that graduate into leopard print? Perfection. Inspired by a holiday in Sicily, the collection was awash with trapeze shapes, striking jewel toned fabrics and crystal embellishments. With Ulrik Garde Due (formerly of Georg Jensen, Burberry, and Céline) at the helm and the Duchess of Cambridge as a client, things are looking good for Temperley London.

Burberry Prorsum

Arguably the jewel in the London Fashion Week crown, and most definitely the event's heavyweight, Burberry Prorsum shows are always much anticipated. The SS14 collection did not disappoint; classic pencil skirts were given a modern twist with graphic monochrome spots or stripes, and teamed with blouses or the perfect spring jumper – round neck, a slim fit and artfully pushed up sleeves. An incredibly desirable and accessible collection in every way but the price!

House of Holland

Never one to take fashion too seriously, Henry Holland designs are normally full of humour and youthfulness. I was quite surprised by some of the more grownup styles on offer for SS14, such as this perfectly cut rose-print shirt dress. The collection was largely influenced by Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet, which can be seen in the tattoo style prints and religious iconography. House of Holland is certainly evolving – Henry hasn't lost his cool, but these are pieces that will stand the test of time.


Always a sucker for a kitsch motif, I’m head over heels for this lip-print dress by Giles Deacon. Refusing to head down the obvious floral spring path (this is my kind of guy!) his show shunned the typical summer frivolity in favour of a melancholy vibe. Funnily enough it was this less than melancholy piece that caught my eye, teamed with Adidas superstars. I love heels as much as the next woman but these trainers are classics – Run DMC would be proud!

I'm still playing fashion catch up but will be back soon with my Milan and Paris runway highlights.

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