London Fashion Week
Stepping into the throng of photographers, bloggers, fame makers and cravers who packed themselves into the majesty of Somerset House last weekend, felt a bit like walking into Arthur Miller’s Crucible.
As a debutant to the bi-annual women’s London Fashion Week extravaganza, I went along like a child on their first day of school: apprehension and excitement mixed together to create a melting pot of emotions. Being a women’s event I wasn’t sure what the attendance ratio of men-to-women would be but I was pleasantly surprised that the male numbers were relatively high.
Where LFW differed from the men’s event came in the guise of outfits worn by those who filled the beautiful courtyard; although classic tailoring was still visible, where it had taken centre stage at LC:M it had been pushed to the aisle to make way for the avant-garde, the fashionistas, the cool and the crazy.
Versace style prints were everywhere, T-shirts were bold and baggy – a look that street-savvy kids have adopted from 80’s era New York rappers and West Coast skaters – and hats, be it beanies, broad rims (reminiscent of the Dior campaign from last A/W) or berets (like we saw adorning the YMC models in January) were all in abundance.
Trousers were once again short in the leg, either with a roll-up – a fashion that looks set to continue from last summer – or as is becoming increasingly popular, hemmed short through bespoke tailoring, while formal blazers were given a modern edge by teaming up with heavy print and brightly coloured shirts.
The general palette was bright and bold, the fabrics were cut close to the shape of their wearers and in the main contemporary won the day. The one area in which more formal, sophisticated attire was in attendance was in the footwear department. While slim-fitting, shallow soled trainers (in multiple colourways of course) seem to have become the de rigueur for anyone in the fashion sphere, many men were wearing classic black brogues or monogram velvet slippers…albeit with studs on. Well, it wouldn’t be LFW without them.
Image Credits: Maria Scard