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LFW – All About Accessories

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Christopher Kane Shoes

While fashion shows tend to focus on the clothes, the accessories are equally important and for next season they promise to be stronger than ever.  The extreme shoe trend still has plenty of mileage.  Models have been routinely tumbling off their platforms (yes, platforms are still hanging in there) as witnessed at Charles Anastase where waifs in Natacha Marro‘s neck-breakers toppled like skittles.

Thankfully, Christopher Kane and Michael Van Der Ham offered a more managable chunky heel option – Van Der Ham’s complete with lush velvet ribbon ties and Kane’s in electric fluoro shades (pictured top).  Over at Kinder Aggugini and Holly Fulton it was all about the stiletto (elegant at Aggugini, edgy at Fulton).

Michael van der Ham Bag

Bag-wise, the fringing trend that is fast taking over London Fashion Week has been particularly evident swishing from shoulder bags at Topshop Unique and Matthew Williamson.  Pencil that one in as a monster trend to look out for.  Elsewhere, bags have been boxy and bejewelled.  Swarovski is a key sponsor of new designers and as such, those giant crystals appeared on Michael van der Ham’s evening bags (above) and Holly Fulton’s leopard clutchesLulu Guinness also unveiled a new fluoro pink Swarovski-dazzled lips clutch at her chi-chi pop-up showroom at the Metropolitan hotel.

Nicole Akong Chain Necklace

Jewellery on the catwalk is bigger than ever, with Holly Fulton’s signature deco neckpieces spawning a whole clutch of imitators.  Off the catwalk in the exhibition space (did I mention the exhibition space? It’s vast!) Mawi‘s baubles are impossible to ignore – think spectacular metal cuffs with giant pink and gold stones.  Newcomer Nicole Akong‘s marabou-feathered chain necklaces (above) also caught my eye – every piece is handmade and designed ergonomically so that the pieces sit on the body “like clothing”.  Michelle Lowe-Holder’s oversized pleated neck collars and cuffs echo the sculptural pleating detail seen at all the strongest shows so far.

Piers Atkinson

Finally, I’m feeling a definite headwear moment waiting in the wings.  Beloved hatter Stephen Jones has been busying himself curating the ‘Headonism’ space, a platform to promote new milliners.  Piers Atkinson‘s headpiece featuring two giant cherries has already been causing quite the stir adorning the head of Vogue Nippon’s Anna Dello Russo (AKA fashion royalty).  As if that’s not enough to handle, Stephen Jones has also magicked up a cluster of catwalk hats for the likes of Jasper Conran and Kinder Aggugini.  My favourite?  His Aggugini corrugated cardboard trilbies – in keeping with Aggugini’s ongoing Coco-Chanel-meets-punk aesthetic, they’re a stroke of genius.

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21st September, 2010  9:27 am | Posted by: |Disneyrollergirl, London Fashion Week | No Comments »

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