What's Next For Fashion Week?
We’ve just experienced decadent collections from the biggest names in fashion at New York Fashion Week 2016, can London exceed our expectations too?
There were too many highlights to mention at New York but I have done my research and my favourites soon became prominent. Victoria Beckham and Carolina Herrera's use of old-fashioned, luxury fabrics, such as satins, velvets and lace in contemporary and fresh colours such as peppermints, oranges and pinks brought great texture to their collections. Tailoring was also prominent in many shows, Zac Posen especially showing great boyish, yet feminine cuts. Huge names, Versace, Saab and Valentino displayed stunning couture ranges. There were prominent themes of draped and dainty fabrics in carefully selected dark and dusky colours with fussy embellishments that gave their collections a gothic yet romantic impression.
However, it is Thom Browne who, in my opinion, delivered the mother of all shows. Each dress in his collection I wanted to own and each was an individual work of art. For me, this had to be the most inspiring clothing collection of NYFW ‘16. Browne used very simple column shape dresses, expertly cut and sewed an array of fabrics to them, making them look as though they are multiple pieces of clothing such as a skirt, shirt and jacket. The soft pastel tones contrast yet compliment their colour opposites in a very bold way, with black being used as an accent to give the whole collection notes of pop art culture.
New York Fashion week is over but, London is yet to come, so what should we expect to see in the next chapter of the fashion bible and will it compete with its American sister? First things first, McQueen is coming home to LFW, after temporarily residing in Paris for the past few years, so there’s a flurry of excitement about what McQueen will show for his welcome home.
Mulberry are also showing for the first time since 2013, the brand is famous worldwide for providing the rich, famous and the lucky with the classic Bayswater and Alexa handbags. The fashion brand has been rather secretive about what is to come yet, we are all very excited to see the classic British name back on the capital city’s runway. Burberry has given their audience, customers and buyers instant opportunity to purchase runway designs online. They have forgotten the days of pre-ordering couture clothing!
Topshop has upped their game to remain competitive also, as they will be taking photos of the catwalk and uploading them (almost live) onto Instagram. So, for those of you who want a running feed of their latest fashion looks, make sure you’re following them!
You’ll be sure to see the most prominent faces in the industry at the event. Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, and the latest fresh face, Molly Blair age 18 who’s already had her catwalk for Chanel debut.
The most popular lady who’s been spread on glossy magazine pages in the last few years and now film billboards, Miss Cara Delevignem, is not to walk, but is still involved in the production.
Of course, the crowd will be littered with the socialites, other designers and Vogue contributors. Social media sites and news feeds will delightfully clutter our phones and desktops over the next few weeks with the best street looks, couture pieces and all the famous faces in attendance.
Organised by the British Fashion Council, it takes place twice a year and gives top international talent a chance to present their collections to global press, industry buyers, bloggers, photographers and chancers. After six years at the mighty Somerset House, London Fashion Week moved to Brewer Street Car Park in Soho.
Unfortunately, LFW is not a free for all and unless you’re someone, or you're a daughter of, son of or married to a someone. So, for all us simply willing and interested we can not see the shows first hand. However, there is a live stream on London Fashion Week's website so you can still feel part of the crowd.
London Fashion week commences on the 16th September and runs through until the 20th September and if you want to make sure that you don’t miss a snippet of the action, there is a full schedule on their website as well!
How and why is this one of the biggest social and celebrity events of the year? Well, firstly, clothing retail and fashion is a huge contributor to the economy, in fact, it enriches Britain with £26 billion a year! We Brits love to support the day and take an interest in innovative design. Secondly, Britain is among the best fashion masters on the planet and can champion the likes of Paris, New York and Madrid. Its aim is to channel the best of British design, to those who shop, wear and love the clothing market to give us trend setters and follows inspiration for the seasons to come.
New York was worth it, let’s hope that London can give us wacky concepts, wearable pieces and innovation and elocution to the finest degree!