A Review of London Fashion Week 2012 by Jessica Simm!

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For me, London fashion week is probably the most anticipated across the globe as it gives us the chance to see what our very own British designers have got on offer next season, right on home turf. There were so many amazing collections for autumn/winter 2012 including those from Stella McCartney, House of Holland, Mulberry, Mary Katrantzou, Burberry Prorsum, McQueen and Unique just to name a few. So, for this week’s article I will be discussing my favourite shows of the week and the garments which made them so memorable. 

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First up, Stella McCartney put on an intimate dinner presentation in a deconsecrated church in Mayfair with the likes of Kate Moss, Rihanna, Amber Le Bon, Anna Wintour, Twiggy, Bianca Jagger and Alexa Chung attending; it was most definitely one of LFW’s most exclusive affairs. Female models emerged flash mob style, sporting a variety of oversized tailored garments matching tailored suits both trouser and skirt, peplum dresses and skirts, Joggers, psychedelic patterns and a number of prints inspired by Chinese culture. McCartney’s collection was classic, fun and sexy. I loved not only how she presented it but how much excitement was put into the show, making it a personal favourite for the week.

Kate Moss

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Another memorable performance came from Henry Holland’s renowned House of Holland. Famous for his bright and bold creations, the show was sure to live up to Holland’s reputation. The show consisted of seventies inspired silhouettes, bright, clashing colours and a contrast of leather and shaggy fur. However, the most memorable aspect of Holland’s collection was his large dog tooth on fluorescent print. Attended by Alexa Chung, Millie Mackintosh and Pixie Geldof, the show was amazing and unlike no other from the week and although Holland’s unique creations don’t always cater to everybody’s tastes, I loved them.

Next up was one of my favourite brands of all time – Mulberry. The iconic British heritage brand produced a collection featuring a combination of fur, leather, velvet and lace to name a few, in a warm colour palette perfect to spruce up our autumn wardrobes. The collection was inspired by ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, which was heavily evident in the oversized shaggy fur garments. Michelle Williams along with ‘women of the moment’ Elizabeth Olsen and Lana Del Rey took front row seats to the show; it seems that I’m not the only one with a slight obsession for the American songstress, as we were introduced to a new bag by the designer – the ‘Del Rey’ that is due to hit stores in May.

Another brand known for its British heritage themes, making a much anticipated comeback to LFW for fall 2012 was Belstaff. With a colour palette of black, greys and browns and featuring trench coats, chunky knits and leather, the collection certainly lived up to my expectations. Plus for me, it seems to heavily represent British culture through fashion, I loved it. Belstaff also introduced some sheep, crocodile and snake skin pieces which will be sure to be sell out this fall.

What has been described by many as Unique’s best collection to date hit the catwalk on the Sunday afternoon. With the likes of Poppy Delevigne, Pixie Geldof, Olivia Palermo, Jameela Jamil, Nicola Roberts and Alexa Chung taking front row seats to witness Topshop’s ‘high-end high street’ collection for autumn/winter 2012, I can only imagine the atmosphere in the room was incredible. The collection featured heavy layering, chunky knits, metallic, sheep skin, kilt inspired skirts and a new take on the biker jacket all in a darker colour palette to fit in with the themes of winter. The long trench coats, velvet jumpsuit and chic version of combat boots give the range a uniform/military look but with a feminine edge. An extremely strong collection by Unique, one which will be sure to fly off the rails.

Like many I was extremely excited to see what McQueen had offer for next season. I think it’s safe to say that the trench coat is going to be huge this winter with McQueen also producing a number for fall 2012. Like Unique, McQueen took some Scottish influences with some men’s kilts and a number of tartan garments. McQueen did sharp tailoring, leather and some Victorian style knee-high, lace-up boots. However, the collection wasn’t all so casual with some amazing and elegant tutu skirted cocktail dresses, which will more than likely be making their way onto the red carpets for fashion’s finest sometime in the near future.

Burberry Prorsum, another iconic British heritage brand was for me the best show of the week. Once again the trench coat hit the catwalk along with the military jacket and quite a number of peplum pencil skirts with cropped jackets. A number of different bow detailed waist belts were used to pull the outfits together, which I felt was a great attribute. The black quilted, velvet trench coat was a particular favourite of mine, but the thing which topped the show off for me was the fake snow and umbrellas, Burberry did winter wonderland to perfection.

Finally, to end this week’s article its designer of the moment Mary Katrantzou. Famous for her flamboyant prints, the designer showcased her designs on the final day of women’s wear shows. Featuring the usual clashing prints and strong structured silhouettes, the collection was as amazing as Katrantzou’s previous work, however, this time it had an edge as the Greek born designer took everyday objects as her inspiration as opposed to the usual exoticness and beauty of the world; a pencil, a typewriter and a telephone were just some of the things used. Following the show, Katrantzou discussed her inspirations, explaining that she wanted to use a product placement type theme, taking everyday objects but making them ‘not so everyday’. This was most definitely the most unique collection of the week. 

London put on an incredible show proving to the world that Britain is home to some of the best designers on the planet. I hope you enjoyed this week’s article, catch up on my next ones to see what Milan and Paris have in store for fall 2012!

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