By Regina Motalib
While we kick off our heels and take a break until the next fashion week season is upon us - we look back at the disco, dramatics and designs of London Fashion Week...
With edgy collections, stunning venues, pumping soundtracks and a kaleidoscope of colours, the runways bedazzled guests and London proved once again why it is a leading city for style. Both established brands and emerging talent ensured London did not disappoint.
Alice Temperley London was inspired by 'pirates, mermaids and a hint of Hendrix.' The show featured tattoo inspired appliqué, boyish bow necked shirts and capes layered over delicate dresses as well as the nautical tattoo theme presented in exaggerated print dresses.
Fun and playfulness was also a feature of the Anya Hindmarch show - inspired by 80's arcade games, her set was both retro and futuristic based on 8-bit graphics and Rubik's Cubes. Models lit up the runway wearing coats and accessories featuring the coloured squares to video games sounds and techno music. Giant pixels on coats, boots featuring pixellated characters and emojis were on show and models carried backpacks and fluffy totes bearing Pac-Man and Space Invader motifs.
Mary Katrantzou provided the drama with her rodeo theme showered with romance. Her show was inspired by 'duality, lovers and love lost' and made references to Romeo and Juliet and Natural Born Killers. Her collection featured beading, embroidery and American hellfire and eagle motifs. Models wore stars, hearts and fireworks and rocked the runway in shirt dresses, boxy jackets, multicoloured furs and patch jackets.
Ashish delivered a 70's disco for his AW16 show with models strutting their stuff wearing glitter, sequins and all things sparkly! Whether it was his trench coat, twin set or evening dresses - sequins and bright colours ruled. The fun and diversity on display coupled with the bright giant Afros made his show one of the most memorable of the season.
The greatest treat for show goers was Alexander McQueen's homecoming after 15 years in Paris at the magnificent Lawrence Hall. Much of this down to the fact that creative director, Sarah Burton is heavily pregnant with her third child. The dreamy collection consisted of charms, and symbols - moths, butterflies and owls - with detailing such as embroidery and appliqué. Models with tousled hair floated along the catwalk wearing chiffon dresses, hand painted leather corsets and bias cut ruffles. The set was nocturnal with dark drapery perfectly fitting Sarah Burton's description of the A/W 2016 Alexander McQueen woman as 'almost sleepwalking, in a state where 'reality and dreams become blurred.
Christopher Bailey proved once again why a ticket to the Burberry shows are like gold dust. Burberry's custom built show space erected in Kensington Gardens was a very fitting backdrop for the British heritage brand with its prorsum horse logo and iconic trench coat.Both the men and womenswear shows featured live performances by upcoming British singers and as is the norm - the show was attended by an array of Burberry clad celebrities such as Brooklyn Beckham, Mark Ronson, Alexa Chung, The Weekend and Ellie Goulding. Also in attendance was photographer, Mario Testino mingling with the super models galore including Naomi Campbell, Suki Waterhouse and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
The menswear collection featured the zip-up tracksuit top, double breasted military coats and khaki coloured puffa, bomber and parka jackets. The setting for the womenswear show had a rather intimate lounge feel with guests sitting on velvet covered benches as models snaked around them wearing brocade and sequin mini dresses, over sized Mohair coats worn over glam dresses and military look cashmere coats. The trademark trench coat made an appearance in patent black and coloured python.
The brand is also set to make some revolutionary changes by merging its Prorsum, London and Brit divisions under one Burberry banner and also deciding to sell straight from the catwalk. Another big change is in future, menswear and womenswear will be shown together and be a mixed collection without the seasons. For all the Burberry loving fashionistas who couldn't get their hands on a golden ticket - worry not as this amazing spectacle was only Part 1! The second part of the AW16 show will take place in September.
As lovers of fashion week - whether it is Milan, New York, Paris, London or Berlin we think it is never too early to start planning your wardrobe for the next fashion week season...