Sunday, 27 February 2011


*Images from the London Fashion Week website.

Last week saw London Fashion week kick off at Somerset House. Summer hasn’t even begun yet and already designers want to cover us up! But what beautiful cover ups they have created. The Christopher Kane runway showcased crochet printed leather, minimalist tailoring and colourful textured shapes. You can never guess what Kane will produce season after season and this show was no exception. A mix between the strange and exciting, as your grandma’s knitting box wouldn’t be your first stop for fashion inspiration, but the coloured crochet blanket is set centre stage, printing it on black leather T-shirts, jackets, pencil skirts, dresses and cardigans, you may begin to see your gran in a whole new light!
At the Jonathan Saunders show tropical prints were a winner, on beautifully feminine, tailored forties inspired pencil skirts and dresses. Saunders has created some simple sheaths, some with splits and dresses with shirt upper half’s with block
and prints tricking the eye into thinking they’re two separates, setting these retro yet refined garments all apart with a mixture of dark autumnal tones.
Burberry Prorsum was the hottest ticket in town, drawing in front row celebs such as Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung and Rachel Bilson. The show was so hot infact that organizers set up screens in London’s Piccadilly Circus so the show could be streamed live. Fur, coats and capes in earthy tones were a must with the design house packing punches with pops of
colour seen in cropped cape jackets. Leather was the key fabric of choice two seasons ago but for autumn/winter 2011 Burberry is hailing hair, on sleeves, scarf’s, cuffs and hems. Leather appears as piping on their classic mac’s and wool long sleeved shift dresses are to be a vital item in any girls wardrobe next season, giving us no excuse to be cold this winter!

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