Fashion Week Finale – Menswear Roundup

Carolyn Massey

While the most popular womenswear shows at London Fashion Week were still championing polished dresses and heels (Erdem, Michael van der Ham, Christopher Kane), the latest crop of menswear is strictly casual, albeit with a twist.  Although tailoring is represented by Savile Row’s finest – E.Tautz, Ozwald Boateng and Hardy Amies among them – it’s the young casualwear guns with the widest appeal.  Today’s menswear designers agreed on contrast-coloured panelled shirts, printed backpacks, tailored trackpants and lots of jewellery and decoration.

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23rd September, 2010  9:33 am | Posted by: | Disneyrollergirl, London Fashion Week, Menswear | No Comments »

LFW – Up Close and Personal

Mary Katrantzou Dresses

Re-seeing the catwalk collections in the tents is always a highlight of London Fashion Week.  Topshop has made it even easier by putting all its New Generation sponsored designers in a swanky outdoor hut overlooking the river.  Here, I got to see the likes of Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou and David Koma in detail.  This new generation of designers consistently raises the bar in design and execution.  They’re so slick and business-minded, it’s easy to forget they’re still relative newcomers.  Holly Fulton in particular (below) has the most immaculately finished samples and considers the overall look of her collections.  Clothing, accessories, jewellery, even her illustrations, all possess Fulton’s graphic handwriting.

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22nd September, 2010  8:00 am | Posted by: | Disneyrollergirl, London Fashion Week | No Comments »

LFW – All About Accessories

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.

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

London Fashion Week’s Classicists

Jasper Conran

London Fashion Week has the best innovative new talent, no question. But alongside the Marios Schwabs and Meadham Kirchhoffs there are also a wealth of designers peddling classic, commercial collections for those whose wardrobe needs are More

19th September, 2010  6:20 pm | Posted by: | Disneyrollergirl, London Fashion Week | No Comments »

LFW – Trend Watch

DAKS

London Fashion Week is going full throttle and OMG, there are even a few trends emerging! Let’s have a mini recap…

The overriding trend threatening to dominate next season is the repackaging of the seventies.  Oh boy, designers do love to reimagine a decade, don’t they? What started in New York with Rodarte, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford has well and truly crossed the pond.  London’s interpretation includes psychedelic hippies with a disco twist at Topshop Unique (picture sheer crystal-sprinkled kaftans and cropped flares if you will), metallic hotpants and chainmail halter dresses at House of Holland (surely being modified for his Debenhams customer as we speak) and acres of fringing pretty much everywhere else.  Even the hair has a wholesome seventies flavour with frizzy crimped clouds and bouncy waves making multiple appearances.

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19th September, 2010  2:31 pm | Posted by: | Disneyrollergirl, London Fashion Week | No Comments »

LFW – Orla Kiely’s Playful Pocket Dresses

Orla Kiely Pocket Dresses

I love a designer who has a strong identity and now that Luella has vacated her position, Orla Kiely has stepped up to the plate to provide for the same playful, nod-to-retro customer. Kiely’s signature style is graphic but feminine print in sometimes poppy, sometimes offbeat colour combinations. For next spring-summer she is championing the kind of boxy cardigans and pocket dresses the Mary Quant girl might wear if she was around today.

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18th September, 2010  8:14 am | Posted by: | Disneyrollergirl, London Fashion Week | No Comments »

LFW – Day 1 Highlights

London Fashion WeekFashion Week has got off to a successful start with Prophetik being my standout show so far.  A label I’ve heard much about but not seen before, designer Jeff Garner’s schtick is thoughtful fashion.   Coming from Nashville, he showed puffy-shouldered pintuck cotton blouses, sweeping champray dresses and Western-flavoured equestrian menswear (complete with natty neckscarves) all in faded, worn-in fabrics.  Sustainability and eco-consciousness is at the heart of the label so fabrics use plant and earth dyes for their gently-dipped effect.  A hillbilly hoedown finale rounded things off rather nicely.

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17th September, 2010  5:31 pm | Posted by: | Disneyrollergirl, London Fashion Week | No Comments »

Disneyrollergirl Arrives at London Fashion Week

Disney Roller Girl arrives at LFW
*Shriek* Eek, it’s fashion week!  Cue early starts, late finishes, parties, the canapes and champagne diet, new discoveries, old favourites, model mania and all the trimmings.  I’m fully armed with camera, laptop, MiFi, Twitter machine and a schedule planned with military precision (which will all go to pot after the first show).  Come and join me won’t you?

17th September, 2010  11:55 am | Posted by: | Disneyrollergirl, London Fashion Week | No Comments »

Style Platform Launched

Style PlatformWelcome to our new blog, Style Platform…

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17th September, 2010  11:41 am | Posted by: | Style Compare | No Comments »