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03.03.2012-Fashion Week Top Five: London AW12/13

Whereas I found it tricky to get inspired by a lot of the New York shows, choosing my top five London Fashion Week was much easier, although I did have trouble only picking a handful of my favourites to share with you as there were so many presentations which I really adored. Being in London in the lead up to and during fashion week itself is also pretty special as the change in atmosphere is palpable, with everyone eagerly anticipating what will be on display. The return of premium brands to the capital has also seen LFW expand dramatically, as live streaming and instant show reviews serve to make the presentations far more of an event in themselves, as well as making the whole experience more accessible both on a global and domestic scale (hands up if you watched the streaming of the Mulberry show whilst tucked up in bed with a cup of tea?!) Star-studded front rows were in evidence throughout the week, and the image of an army of models festooned with umbrellas walking down the runway in a faux downpour at the Burberry show has to be one of the most iconic of this LFW. These are the shows which proved the most memorable for me:

The Michael van der Ham show featured an array of bold prints, glittering embellishments and vivid colour. Each of the pieces felt really fresh, modern and wearable, with classic hairstyling hinting at the old school glamour which inspired the collection. Beautiful!
The dark mystique of the Giles show really reminded me of McQueen's approach to putting together a collection in the sense that there was an overarching story which was carried through into each piece. High necklines and frock coats evoked a gothic Victorian influence, whilst beautiful burnout prints and sweeping ivory gowns captured an essence of Havisham inspired doomed romance.

Erdem's signature pretty florals took a darker turn for AW12/13, with black lace offset beautifully against vibrant hues of cobalt blue and green. Structure was key here, with ladylike A-line and pencil skirts emphasising waspish waists and more than proving that Erdem's creations are the perfect embodiment of classic feminine dressing.
McQ made a triumphant return to London, and, under the creative vision of Sarah Burton, gave us a show which perfectly captured the aesthetic of the mainline McQueen collection. In a presentation which was every bit as theatrical as those we've come to expect from McQueen, the McQ show featured a stunning array of exquisite tailoring, luxurious details and elegant gowns, which were both magical and accessible in equal measure.

Mary Katrantzou's stunning collection incorporated her iconic digital prints across a spectrum of silhouettes. I loved the progression from some of the more structured pieces from previous shows into the empire line dresses, with the panoply of pleats, frills and ruffles on display combining to create a really wearable collection without compromising on any of Mary's signature touches.

What did you think of London Fashion Week? And which shows were your favourite?

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  1. I'm loving all the florals for winter! Can't wait for the high street to bring out a few 'inspired' pieces!

  2. Great blog post! My favourites are Michael van der Ham and Erdem- i love the pretty floral designs they have :) xx

  3. Nothing quite beats the sheer theatricality of a McQueen show, the whole collection was stunning! xoxo


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