Top Trends From London Fashion Week SS17
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Emilia Wickstead strayed away from her signature courtly and conventional tone, loosening up her hold on fabrics and silhouettes. Inspired by love hotels, and architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s artful mid-century interiors, the colours were washed out, and the effects, innocent and billowy. Sharply tailored high waisted pants, voluminous skirts, and sheer separates were romance-filled reminders of tiny crumbling hideouts.
Throwback to last season, when the designer played around with Roman gypsy influences overlaid by cosmic prints. If you thought that was other-worldly, this season was witness to the designer’s ability to take generic influences (like Greek symbols) and truly make it her own. The reigning queen of prints pulled off an optical illusion with prismatic waves, ancient Grecian motifs, and symbols. From playful ruffles, to jackets and skirts that came with olive branches and labyrinths, this collection was all about psychedelia and those long forgotten trippy music posters.
Supplementing her flair for colour blocking with gorgeous languid dresses, Roksanda Ilincic’s was an ode to a lazy summer in desert hues. Whimsical prints appeared over free-flowing, cleverly tailored dresses, and sporty ribbed ends are details you cannot miss. We love the maxi coats in metallic hues and the use of sunshine yellow to break the monotony of terracotta.
What seems to have taken over the current wardrobe obsession are flighty dresses, complete with ruffles and pleats. Giving it a dark romanticised twist, Erdem’s catalogue of these summer must-haves came peppered with black grosgrain ribbons. Those were inspired by his visit to the Fashion Museum in Bath, while the broderie frocks can be referenced from the wardrobe of the Countess Jean Ker, all from the early 16th century. The tailored jackets, stiff ruffles and bishop sleeves alongside a deeper colour palette, make the quintessential summer dress innovative, fierce and relevant.
A clash of prints, textures and fabrics can be quite tricky — sometimes bordering on OTT, like the neon-esque music videos on MTV. But Christopher Kane happens to master an entire repertoire of techniques, all at once. Read: SS16’s clash of embroideries, paint splashes and jarring appliques. This season saw frenzied string dresses sewn on tulle, layered with fur and latex overcoats. Sweaters were paired with chiffon skirts, coupled with his ability to make even those nasty crocs look cool.
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