London Fashion Week is my favorite city of fashion month. The Brits always bring a welcome lot of quirk, fun and color after an ultra-black experience on the catwalks of New York. Plus it is the smallest of the four cities and least overwhelming!
Jonathan Saunders stands out BY FAR as my favorite collection in fashion month thus far. He plays with Asian-cum-hippie motifs and mixes dreamy fabrics in a mostly soft palette. I even love the tomboy edge the color-blocked leather jackets and bombers give the overall look. It’s casual yet pretty and completely wearable.
Serbian designer Roksanda Ilincic is another highlight using some of my favorite colors (yellow, orange and lime!) in a collection inspired by the Brazilian Neo-Concretism art movement of the late 1950′s. Never heard of that? Yah, me neither. Neo-Concretistism was a rebellion against Concretism and the production of art according to mathematical formulas, science and technology and optical effects. It retained a foundation in abstract geometry but sought to inject emotion and sensuality. It is characterized by its use of bold colors, geometric shapes and minimalism – just like Ilincic’s collection
New Delhi born designer Ashish Gupta is normally known for his sequin-embellished labors of love that take 16 dressmakers in his Indian atelier to handcraft and are favored by partying pop stars and it girls. While the garments he can create using such shimmer is pretty astounding, this collection makes its mark because of the jewelry. The series is inspired by the party girl’s morning after – messy hair, disheveled clothes and a trip to the corner store. The accessories are a nod to the diversity of the shopkeepers – Arabic, Indian, Asian and African. These tribal-looking pieces remind me of Laotian adornments and I want every single one of them.
Here are the rest rounding out my favorites from LFW.