This weekend some of our favourite British designers have presented their SS16 collections to the world. Although there’s still two whole days of shows to go, we’re dying to talk about some of our fave shows from LFW so far.
First up we have the Holly Fulton show, as a huge fan of lady like chic her SS16 collection ticked all the boxes. The silhouettes were neat; embellishment and embroidery used in just the right amount to make these clothes applicable for more than just an evening outing. This was a wearable collection designed for all women not just those living the celeb lifestyle. Denim was a strong theme throughout the pieces, this was a great addition to Fulton’s collection, further making them easily wearable. I particularly loved the embroidered denim jackets! Fulton still managed to add her own personal touch to the collection in the form of panels of shine on party dresses and splashes of beading and sequins on collars plus spills of frills tumbling around asymmetrical hemlines. All in all it was a fantastic collection from a designer who is going from strength to strength.
Another designer who opted for a wearable collection this season was Mary Katrantzou, who is known for her elaborate designs. Don’t get me wrong it was still in keeping with the Katrantzou style, this time the designer returned to cosmology and the world as her inspiration, a theme that was present two seasons ago. The models took to the runway in light and desirable outfits that were exquisitely detailed and enchanting to the eye. The shimmering little dresses were the ultimate party dress with the perfect amount of sparkle.
A slightly different show that always gets me a little bit excited is the Hunter Original collection. Every year I’m fascinated by their ability to take the hunter wellie and make it into a high fashion collection. Hunters are the ultimate festival accessory so it seemed fitting that the show should be about the muddy festival fields. The collection was the ultimate festival wardrobe, sherbet pastel shades were the chosen hue bringing some zest to bomber and poncho hybrids. These came with trailed lacing, thick strands and oversized rivets. Cagoules were light and dainty, bunched and ruched like ballet dresses, while frill details erupted from sleeves. It was a collection that brought a femininity to the fields and put a whole new spin on utility – and that (no longer) humble festival wardrobe.
So far LFW is turning out to be a great example of our British design talent, let’s just hope the next two days live up to the first three. With the Burberry Porsum show this afternoon we’re pretty sure the best is yet to come!