Here’s a round up of my favourite shows from London Fashion Week spring/summer 2017:
Mark Fast AW17
Day 1 started with a bang, as Mark Fast made his return to LFW. Freemasons Hall was packed to the rafters, with the fash pack eager to see what Fast has in store. The collection his signature cobweb body-con knits in delicious jewel shades as well as exquisite, voluminous feather pieces in pastel shades. Layers and beading and fringing added to the playful nature of this super fun collection. Welcome back, Mr Fast.
Julien Macdonald AW17
Julien Macdonald’s show always makes my list of the best shows at LFW and for good reason. While his collections aren’t wildly different from season to season, Macdonald’s collection of red carpet ready dresses always stuns. This season, the style set descended on Goldsmiths’ Hall, a beautiful venue complete with huge candle-lit chandeliers. It was the perfect, ornate setting to serve as a backdrop to Macdonald’s statement gowns, with sequins, embroidery and cut outs abound. I loved the diverse casting, which included Leomie Anderson and Winnie Harlow, as much as I loved the beautiful collection.
J.W. Anderson AW17
Jonathan Anderson took us through a journey when he showed his AW17 collection. Starting with pared back, almost minimal pieces in a neutral colour palette, the collection evolve with each look building up layers and playing with proportion and silhouette, almost as if they had been disconstructed and put back together. Anderson’s star has never shone so bright.
Roksanda paid a moving tribute to the late Richard Nicoll, peppering her red and blood orange collection with flashes of the Pantone shade Nicoll Blue. The collection itself was a beautiful celebration of femininity, as always, with long, languid silhouettes slinking down the runway, with waists cinched with obi belts. Coveting the entire collection.
Last season, I broke tradition and focused an entire post on Ashish’s SS17 collection, owing to it’s political nature and how much it resonated with my own roots. This season is no different. While SS17 was inspired by Brexit and Creative Director Gupta’s Indian roots, the AW17 collection is inspired by America and one very controversial president. Gupta’s signature sequin pieces has slogans such as “Pussy grabs back” and “Love sees no colour” emblazoned across the front, making for a politically charged, though provoking collection. Hats off to Gupta for being one of the only British designers using his platform to speak out on the current political climate.