Recently our office intern, Laurence travelled to the capital for London Fashion Week. Whilst there, he was lucky enough to get an exclusive ticket to see the Burberry show at Kensington Gardens. Here's the low down with his five fashion week favourite collections!
In a show presided over by Alison Moyet, the catwalk was rich in colour with black and gold tones. Standout items included black backpacks with gold gilt initialing, worn low slung over loose fitting trench coats in dark beige and shiny black. The show also featured backless dresses, pea coats and duffels alongside a firm favourite of tiny tiered, knit dresses in red, pink and yellow.
This collection, largely made with super lightweight fabrics including an ultra-fine viscose gossamer, created a lot of volume with the thinnest fabrics. The 'volume-lite' effect set the feel of the show, coupled with a pieces featuring masculine tailoring and overlock trim details. The standouts of the show however were the accessories of messenger bags worn across the shoulder resting on both hips.
Leopard print in pastel tones was the centre theme of this show, trimmed in black and shot through with gold threads, alongside frilled camisoles, bikinis and pencil skirts. The collection also featured flowing black crochet capes and tiered coats, but the real show stoppers were the crochet maxi dresses with thigh high slits and plunging backs, bringing a new level of detail and elegance to the show.
A collection which was full of amazing oversized bell sleeves on oversized smocks, made from the lightest fabrics including frayed silk, paper thin leather and silk-satin blends.Taken from a ballet theme, these light fabrics made the show all about movement. Rich pastels occasionally punctuated by black and white graphics sat alongside cotton-poplin shirting a t-shirt jerseys with standouts from the show including loose swingy culottes and bandeau jumpsuits.
This show featured panelled dresses mixing animal print and block colour with other strong artistic features, such as brush-mark effects and dip dye. His classic stripes took a background role in pastel tones as a bright palette featuring scarlet, orange and turquoise took centre stage. Satin wrap coats and slip on dresses dominated the catwalk in these bold colours, while dresses with curved hems and soft shapes recurred throughout. The collection also featured the return of the ever present Paul Smith trouser suit with some new twists; wide long trouser legs, a double breasted jacket, worn over bold bright tunics show that it's here to stay.