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Pirate aesthetics are cleverly reinterpreted to create a street wear take on the traditional buccaneer. Teaming a straw textured Africana style parka, tapered black trouser with a black wide brim hat. Whilst accessories incorporate contemporary twists to classic pieces from camou patterned soles on a pair of black brogues to a safety-belt strapped clutch.
Lily Kampers beautiful geode-inspired jewellery certainly turned heads at London Fashion Week.
Super clean-cut pieces in attractive gradient glass were particularly evocative, channeling Kryptonite, and consumer electronics. Pieces centred around the minutiae in terms of the manufacturing process. Playing into interiors, akin to Mary Kantrantzou, Kamper’s pieces are wearable, accessible and will definitely excite next summer.
Pringle of Scotland debuted its Spring/Summer 2014 womenswear collection amongst the splendour of mirrored floors and walls of the connaught hotel’s mayfair room. With this season’s collection being a continuation of Massimo Nicosia’s challenge to combine Pringle of Scotland’s almost 200th year old archive whilst continuing to stay at the forefront of modernity.
Sportswear themes and innovative material treatments and techniques emerged as key influences throughout. As Massimo re-appropriates the brand’s iconic argyle diamonds as a thematic thread that repeats throughout pattern and materials and in turn creating an incredibly cohesive and fluent message for their Spring/Summer 2014 offering. With garments being stacked in other-worldly tactile surfaces, through obtuse pairings of contrasting textures. With a game of opposites being explored throughout with couture silk sits being fused with knitted jersey and macramé on a cool bomber jacket and skirt. Whilst Massimo’s fascination with opposite also being displayed through vented panels with exaggerated contrasting colour ways and trims, to inside-out inspired cutout raglan mesh placements attached to neutral lightweight diamond textured knits to splendid sculptural laser cut crochet detailed skirt.
This is clearly a collection that upholds Robert Pringle’s founding principles of quality, style, authenticity and innovation.
An air of elegance vibes throughout this stylish street style look we spotted at London fashion week.
Teaming one of the season’s key material trends gingham, a 50’s style black & white full skirted frock is paired with statement accessories choices in an array of autumnal shades of orange hues. Ranging From a burnt orange feather-esque necklace from Marni, retro back-to-school burnt orange satchel to a pair colour popping suede orange high-heels to finish off the ensemble.
Dynamism, multi-textures and acid colour pops set the scene for Leutton Postle’s collection of re-worked street wear.
Textile manipulation is key, with striking contrasts between the shiny, transparent plastic against dense, thickly worked embroidered appliques.
The collection infuses fun, with an essence of sub-cultural roots, disobeying the finely honed fashion rule book. In homage to Chanel’s signature quilting, Leutton Postle’s backpack humorously add a new spin to a functional garment.
A one to watch for the coming seasons, with potential not only for cool-kids.
Fresh from completing an MA in Millinery from the RCA, Maiko Takeda’s interesting, frenetic headpieces created a well-deserved buzz at Topshop’s sponsored space, Newgen.
Movement, accentuation and clever contouring creates optical trickery, making the viewer really challenge what is before them. This almost sci-fi take on millinery commands attention, and will easily translates easily to haute-couture.
Seventies vibes echo through this colour popping power suited gentlemen we spotted at London Fashion Week. Teaming a vibrant cosmetic raspberry red single-breasted suit with statement accessories from retro round rose tinted sunglasses to ensemble matching vibrant trainers.
Ashish’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection was a continuation of his fascination with globalisation and nomadic and western fashion fusions. Alongside the strong urban street fashion styling made evident through a cool choice of half street cast models.
The collection followed on from Ashish’s previous use of Arabic repeat texts, patterns and layering from past seasons, this time Ashish is literal in his approach incorporating a series of tongue-in-cheek showpieces of Arabian-inspired jewellery including a bejewelled shoulder jewellery and golden crowns.
Coca Cola logos were seen on everything from racer-backed tanks, to red, white, and blue sequinned outfits, which nodded to the popular American soft drink. East met West themes were introduced through Arabic script repeats, and produced through sheer two-pieces to knee length abayas. Whilst the designer’s signature sequinned deconstructed denim came in streetwise bomber jackets, rustic hole ridden jeans and shorts.
After seeing great success last season, Sophia Webster’s kitsch take on shoe design shows no sign of styling down for Spring Summer 2014. Prints, patterns, quirky wordsmithing, little delightful details and out there dreamy shapes tie together the collection, bravely standing out from the black, blocky, modern shoe crowd.
Capturing the zeitgeist completely, Webster manages to nod to the Pret A Porter featured mid-90s hit, ‘Here comes the hotstepper’ by Ini Kamoze – adding instant fun. Sharpness conflicts with jovial design, particularly the none too subtle message ‘<3 <3 Killer <3 <3’ lime green strappy heels. Another exciting, fresh and very London collection, which will no doubt create glee next summer.
As quirky as ever, House of Holland failed to disappoint with a warm, fun and tongue-in-cheek collection. Flirty femininity takes precedence for Holland, with a none to subtle ode to the 1950s. Flirty full skirts, shapely pencil skirts and cheeky lace is adding va-va voom, stylized with tough modernity via tattoos, slick back hair and determined looking models. Reworked prints feature, with ginghams, rose print tattoo and Hawaiian prints all having undergone the House of Holland treatment.
Key looks channel DIY pattern dresses, cinching at the waist and buttoned down the front. Pseudo religious imagery, think the Madonna, the Mexican death festival and ithe iconic Baz Luhrman directed, Romeo and Juliet adds darkness and attitude to a collection that otherwise may err on the side of rockabilly.
For Spring/Summer 2014 Christopher Raeburn follows a Mirage theme in his sustainably intelligent womenswear and accessories range.
The collection utilises the many facets that textiles can offer, creating movement, contrast and delicacy across the board. Heavy scuba-like materials kicked off the show, in homage to Raeburns focus on military materials. However, lightweight sheer silks add lightness and fluidity to the collection, showing a flirty side of femininity. Shapes are sophisticated, boxy, and uncomplicated, with attention to detail and tailoring taking centre stage.
In terms of accessories, standout pieces included a tan cape net backpack, adding stylish ease to such a functional garment and a bold aquatic blue backpack with a cinched in, almost bondage strap adding further structure.
Vintage sci-fi references continue to reign strong this season. We spotted this stylish futuristic 1970’s dude at London Fashion Week, his fusion of unconventional red plastic paneling and vintage sensibilities create a cool wearable approach.
Revelling in the fever of the Olympics, David Koma’s particular penchant is for tennis reinterpreting and reviving its sportswear heyday for his spring/summer 2013 collection. Aiming to reclaim its iconic theatrical and feminine style after sportswear companies have become stagnant and slightly tedious.
Traditional tennis dress silhouettes are updated in loving homage to quintessential tennis dressmaker Teddy Tinling, creating a contemporary twist that is functional, interesting and sexy. From tennis mimicking fitted tank dresses teamed with pleated miniskirts, body-con jersey, double organza box shaped tees, sweaters with organza panelling to formal fitting dresses. Whilst prints and patterns take inspiration from tennis courts, rackets, nets and balls, creating reoccurring futuristic panelled stripes and woven diamonds in blue, jade mint and popping fluro peach.
Autumnal layering is effortlessly styled in this minimalistic bedtime inspired get-up! Shapes are given a discrete quirky twist, from the fitted crew neck dark navy jumper styled over a oversized pale denim blue tee, exposing the contrasting blue hues to the loose fitting ankle grazing trousers. Whilst a smoky blue gloss clutch adds a considered finishing touch.
Black & white has never been more on trend. Formal suiting is given a modernist sport make over in this sleek minimalist two-tone casual suit. While colour is banished from apparel, accessories add a slither of colour pop from the oxblood sunnies to a formal teal leather briefcase clutch.