LFW AW19- Monochrome and Sports Luxe

Overwhelmed by the sheer number of shows at London Fashion Week, there was danger of them merging into one mass of oversized tailoring and taffeta frills.

So instead of pretending I saw loads of clear trends I am instead going to focus on the shows and elements that I loved.

Here is a taster of the sheer range of differing (and slightly bizarre) shows…

(Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto, Ashish, Roksanda, Preen, Matty Bovan)

It would be rude not to start with Burberry- arguably the best British fashion house. The clear sports inspiration they started off with was automatically a winner in my book. The baggy sports looks were contrasted with lace which stopped the looks being too obvious and “done”. The short skirt hemlines and exposed bare legs again gave the looks a more feminine edge.

On the other end of the scale was Ports 1961 whose clean and simple pieces I found refreshing. The muted and pastel tones as well as the simple use of pattern and texture gave their collection a very sophisticated finish.

A Christopher Kane collection is always going to exude street cool and this collection didn’t disappoint. With chunky white trainers, puffer coats and a mix of metallics, lace and leather it was a collection that will have the Fashpack fighting over it.

Largely monochrome, David Koma created a collection with a sporty vibe mixed with feminine and classy pieces. The aesthetic however unfortunately got confused with the addition of odd butterfly motifs towards the end. But where it was good, it was “nailed it” good.

Always attracted by sportswear elements, this collection by Eudon Choi made me sit up straight. The addition of hoodies with smarter outerwear pieces was fashion that you could take straight from the catwalk to the street. Wearable but damn cool.

Other collections that got my attention included A.W.A.K.E (cracked vinyl, yes please!), Bora Aksu (dazzled by pastels, i’m like a moth to a washed out peachy flame) and Simone Rocha (the fairytale-meets-fashion of my dreams)

Did you have any favourites from London Fashion Week AW19? Let me know!

Next up: Milan Fashion Week.

Written by Jessica Brennan

NYFW AW19- Grunge, Pink and Leather

Personally, I was happy to see catwalks that weren’t covered in autumnal browns and oranges.
Our highstreet in AW18 seemed to be full of nothing else and I’m hoping therefore we are going to have a break in AW19.
Don’t get me wrong it would be impossible for autumnal colours to be devoid completely, and perhaps I ignored these pieces without realising. However there appeared to be more blacks, whites and greys that reared their beautiful monochrome heads this season.

Some of our favourite shows had definitely taken inspiration from grunge. Oversized jumpers and beanies graced the catwalks of Tory Burch, Zadig & Voltaire, Coach 1941 and Michael Kors amongst others.
The humble beanie was given a sequin make-over at Michael Kors and at Zadig & Voltaire it was paired with a gold sequin dress.
To continue with this grunge theme, worker/ biker boots were seen across a number of shows, paired with dresses and skirts as well as trousers. As someone who lives in DM’s, I loved seeing this harder edge to some more feminine fashions.

On the other end of the scale though- I have to say I have a thing with pink. So I was pretty happy to see that Pink featured as a core colour choice across numerous shows. From bright fuschia pink to a pale purple pink the whole spectrum was represented.
Although other colours such as yellow were also very apparent, across monochromatic shows pink was often the token colour.

And finally, in a bid to be my favourite season, the NYFW shows gave me exactly what I wanted. Black Leather- and lots of it!*
This was seen across Erkhaus Latta, Longchamp, Tibi, Zadig & Voltaire, Proenza Schouler, Helmut Lang and no doubt many more that I missed.

My favourite shows? Probable Zadig & Voltaire and Proenza Schouler.
Watch out for our London Fashion Week review next.

*I am talking about leather as a texture, this could have been faux leather.

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