By far my best season of London Fashion Week, I had attended some amazing shows with such strong brand identities and unique styles. I’ve selected my personal favorites from the five days to review for you on my blog, as always telling you a little bit of the story and inspiration behind the collections, as well as my thoughts on them all! I hope you will enjoy this recap! x
MANUEL FACCHINI: Presented at the luxurious Carlton House, Manuel Facchini‘s AW16 collection exuded fierceness, elegance and a style that represented sculptural fashion whilst maintaining a wearable aesthetic. The line was made up of feminine cocktail dresses with geometric prints and sophisticated cuts, black leather studded jackets and tailored trousers. A blend of gothic, rock-glam and timeless elegance, Manuel Facchini had showcased a beautiful collection this season!
MARKUS LUPFER: Quirky yet effortlessly sophisticated and polished, the Markus Lupfer woman is all about glamour. The AW16 collection was catered for the 24h lifestyle, for the empowered woman who easily transforms her looks from day to night with a shimmer of detail. With hand-finished embroidery, a rich color palette for the fall of navy, forest green, pale purple and dusty pinks, luxury meets ready-to-wear is that simple for Markus Lupfer. Metallic hues, a pop of gold and the glam-rock style from the 70s is back for the coming season. Glittery handbags and eyeshadow? Yes, I can’t wait!
EUDON CHOI: A subtle and elegant collection, Eudon Choi has always been inspired by abstract art when designing – and this season was no exception! A very wearable line up that includes pastel shades as well as more neutral, dark colors: the pieces flowed beautifully together with fluid shapes, graphic prints and pleating that created a relaxed atmosphere.
BELSTAFF: #PolarPioneer was the theme at the Belstaff AW16 presentation, with a focus on luxurious outerwear that was composed of heavy knits, fur coats, leather jackets and gloves. We are brought on a journey to the snowy mountains, glaciers and cold, but fashion was never tucked away. Belstaff‘s collection was all about fashionable comfort and style that provoked adventure and a sense of inspiring freedom for the strong-minded woman!
LEAF XIA: The only show I had attended at Fashion Scout this season (the show location for emerging designers), and it certainly made it as one of my favorites for its dynamism, energy and burst of bold colors. With Leaf Xia, if there is any rule in fashion it’s that there is no rule! Meet playful and sculptural pieces that each speak their own mind. Talk about individuality!
PAUL COSTELLOE: A highly anticipated show of the season, I was very much looking forward to Paul Costelloe! Inspired by the designer’s signature preppy schoolgirl look although combined with the modern-day female warrior, this collection encapsulated ambition, power and fearlessless! Oversized military coats meets babydoll dresses and shiny leather pieces for a dramatic edge that brings tailoring, quality and innovative techniques together in a collection that is unforgettably empowering!
ASPINAL OF LONDON: My first time attending the Aspinal of London presentation; it was so beautifully executed at the stunning location that is The Ballroom in Claridges. A brand that has built a strong reputation on its ability to blend fashion with functionality so well, Aspinal showcased a selection of classic vintage bags combined with true elegance and a distinctly British style. With new additions to the collection, such as the Pearl Bowling Bag (below) and the Editor’s Bag, as well as new color palettes and rich textures for the iconic heritage styles, this coming season has a more modern take on vintage sophisticated, with a feminine side that has a bag for every woman!
KRISTIAN AADNEVIK: The show took place at the Royal Horseguards, a beautiful interior that fit in so well with Kristian Aadnevik‘s ‘Winter Garden‘ theme. Inspired by wild nature and a cold winter landscape of naked trees awaiting blooming flowers in the spring, the collection tells us a vivid story of a mystical garden tale. The designer used soft colors to show the life of spring, and dark soulful tones to portray a raw and wild beauty. Long gowns and cocktail dresses with fabrics made up of prints, embellishments and lace beautifully show the craftsmanship of couture that is a signature look for Kirstian Aadnevik.
I hope you enjoyed this recap, which collection is your favorite from London Fashion Week? Vote HERE: http://toughchoice.social/poll_page.php?id=pbMNObb5UJX4 and let me know your thoughts!
All photos taken by me.