Too much fashion too fast coming your way during fashion month? While we may agree, consider the collections ample reason to bulk up on instant style advice that you can try at home -today!
Fresh off the London runways that just closed the city’s fashion week comes our seasonal take on notes you shouldnt miss, condensed for you here to hit your closet and go. With all of these ideas coming your way, what have you got to lose?
Just as in New York, many of most alluring collections played with time-tested notions of femininity; lace, sheer fabrications, florals, ornamentation, plays on the bust and ladylike shapes.
What keeps it all exceptional and most certainly refreshing were the new takes we’ve seen come about. And from London, what’s even better is the way each designer here produced grown-up, future-classic propositions that were unmistakably futuristic.
London’s go-to for contemporary femininity beautifully rendered, Erdem injected a jolt of the unexpected with exotic skins adding an off-beat element to his masterful hand at creating a romantic vision of British elegance.
Seeing a pleated skirt with juxtaposing floral and snake patterns (above) suggested a more daring approach to evoking beauty while an array of frothy, floral confections counter balanced that equation with a heady dose of girlie charm.
From Christopher Kane, a designer pioneering the sci-fi minded, elegance infused ladylike looks we’ve seen on runways the world over ever since his very start, you can’t expect bow motifs and heavy ornamentation to not come his way. After all, he can subvert an evening ready look like no other.
Sure, there was an assortment of princess ready sheer bow blouses, and forever-chic little frocks, but Kane’s distinctive twists made for another head turning, stomach churning collection. And a delightful one at that.
Heavy beadwork and embroideries lent nearly sheer fabrics a twist of the bourgeois while gaffers tape, bolts, studs and a Frankenstein print lent many a look a fantastical, jaw-dropping air of cool.
After showing subtle yet never the less potent collections in New York, the duo behind Preen returned to their native London scene with an outing that was rife with their expressive takes on urbane and distinctively artful dressing.
First glance at any Preen number and you can almost always imagine someone just throwing it on and looking instantly cool and collected with little to no effort.
That same winning attitude made this collection another quiet winner with plays on prints and skin that were arresting while a sea of cool blues worked to further add an element of strength.
Signature techno fabrications paired with vintage mined silhouette’s Simone Rocha’s now two-year old eponymous label a significant up & comer on the London scene and one to watch.
Uses of lace, ultra-femme tonal embroideries and sheer panels in prim, naive shapes came full circle when realized in vivid hues and metallic fabrications.
Vintage inspired and ladylike in the most modern sense, it’s hard to imagine that this talented designer is only now just beginning.
Fall finds from Christopher Kane, Erden, Preen and Simone Rocha online now:Published on September 19, 2012