London, once again, has been painted fashion with key designers AW16 catwalks taking over the capital. London Fashion Week AW16 concluded as being one of the coolest yet, with boundary-pushing pieces, iconic beauty looks and ‘I need that outfit now’ gasps for days. Didn’t blag your way to the prestigious FROW? We’ve got you covered…
Ahh, Burberry. The show everyone waits for with baited breath, and boy, does Christopher Bailey pull it out the bag, each and every time.
Sound tracked, live, by British boy Jake Bugg, magazine cover models paraded down the white wood floor in in-demand outerwear (hello, shearling puffer jacket), boyish cut silhouettes and seasonally tonal touch-me fabrics.
Metallic pattern clash was key; decorative tights paired with cute paisley mini dresses, juxtaposed laddish brogues and boots were put together with exotic animal prints and oversized jackets. We want everything.
Ethereal cuts, fluid silhouettes and faux fur accents saw Amanda Wakely redefine power dressing.
These ‘we mean business’ looks were kept to a parred down palette but in uber luxe fabrics, paired perfectly with nipped in waists, draped to perfection and easy-on-the-eye styling.
Simple pieces at first glance sported intricate detailing once inspected closer which made for a whole new reasoning for desk to drinks dressing.
Rebellious romance was definitely the theme at Preen. Inspired by English poet Edith Sitwell, the wonderfully whimsical looks were walked down the catwalk to the clashing sounds of Nirvana.
Black and pink was the palette, in various tones and materials, with the addition of punky black boots and sequins to insure that much needed edge, while make up was kept simple and dewy to let the clothes do the talking.
Girly grunge is here.
Embroidery is back for another season. Whether it’s used by way of transitioning florals into the colder season seamlessly, or used to douse the models in rebellious material tattooed styles, we couldn’t be happier about it being back.
Bare shoulders were bought into the limelight this season. Material was draped, cut and pulled to reveal delicate shoulders while all other body parts were mainly kept covered. If you dare to bare anything in the autumn, make sure it’s your shoulder.
THE PUFFER JACKET
The classic 90’s style is predicted to be your outwear of choice, if the catwalks are anything to go by. Oversized or extra puffy, textured or bold in colour, this Spice Girl style was layered over delicate dresses and tailored pieces.
HAIR & BEAUTY
The eyes took centre stage when it came to beauty looks across the five day event. But it was bold, graphic eyeliner that was evidently the new season update to the smoky eye.
Seen immaculately done at Topshop Unique, the rock’n’roll influenced eye was paired with berry stained lips and ‘I just got out of bed’, flyaway hair.
The modest ponytail definitely had a moment this season. Forgot the easy school girl style and think twists, pull-throughs and props, a la Sadie Williams.
We can sense these easy, laidback styles will be DIY’ed by everyone – we’re already practising.
Christopher Kane drew in the cool crowd with his crazy cool pieces. But it was the front row that got everyone talking. The painfully fashionable FROW saw the girl gang make a comeback; Alexa, Daisy, Atlanta De Cadanet, Harley V Newton and Olivia Palermo sat united bringing British and American fashion prowess to the forefront.
ONE TO WATCH
New fashion week face, Amie Robertson, aka the design assistant of Marc Jacobs, stormed the catwalk with her debutant show. Intricate embroidery, deconstructed silhouettes in school uniform stripes and accents of jewel colours made for that ‘we want that in our wardrobe!’ feeling.
As if the clothes weren’t enough of a draw, the models that strutted in the styles included Edie Campbell, Molly Blair and Elizabeth Jagger – we predict big things for Amie.
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