I was surprised at the fact that not many designers succeeded to impress me at London Fashion Week, especially since I am an avid fan of British style. Amongst the names that showed this year, including Christopher Raeburn, Daks, House of Holland, Richard Nicoll, Mary Katrantzou and Vivienne Westwood and many more, a trifecta emerged as my favourites.
David Koma has produced a collection that fuses contemporary architectural silhouettes and the softness of femininity. Cut-outs, asymmetrical geometry and almost-invisible sheer are details that create the collection, daringly similar to Alexander Wang, but different in the fact that the hard-edged feel is substituted for with a more approachable aesthetic and colour palette that stretches beyond monochromatic.
J.W. Anderson has emerged as a designer who loves to play on the boundaries of wearability, often producing questionable yet loveable collections. Although this collection is quite relaxed, the artistry in most of the pieces bring a sense of tension in terms of its functionality, which is also one of its strengths. Risky organza tops, statement bow belts, origami inspired pieces and ensembles resembling the fluidity of jelly fish reflect exactly what J.W. Anderson stands for.
Thomton Bergazzi for Preen has effectively continued the distinct modernity of the label, yet this collection is distinguishable by its lighter look. The structure and sturdiness of collections past resonate, including layered sheers and multi-faceted dresses, but the appearance of more simplistic pieces is applaudable. The colour palette is undeniably wearable, and does not overpower the minimal detailing.
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