It was the show that got everyone talking, Burberry Prorsum. Christopher Bailey took Burberry Prorsum in a new direction with new shapes, colours and looks that he has not created for a while. The collection was very clear and working well together with yet another new direction for the trench coat. The catwalk was held in a tent by Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens with a captivating soundtrack including Adele ‘Someone Like You’. Colours at Burberry Prorsum included orange, teal, red and olive. Details included chunky fastenings and tall collars on trench coats. A black and white look made an appearance which complimented the previous bright colours and meant commercially there was something for everyone. Models wore black platform high heel leather shoes with a continued influence of Spring Summer 2011 trend of wedges.The finale of Burberry Prorsum was spectacular with fake snow raining down on the catwalk. Models walked the finale in transparent macs – these are what are on everybody’s wishlist for Autumn Winter 2011-2012!
Christopher Kane’s Autumn Winter 2011 2012 collection showcased at London Fashion Week was inspired by school nostalgia from pencil cases to lollipops. The collection is to be known at the ‘liquid collection’ which is about wearable and sophisticated clothes. The first looks included greens, browns and turquoise with pencil skirts and cardigans and the inclusive of crochet pieces. The liquid influence appeared in the form of pockets and parts of collars made from strips of plastic and waistbands emphasized with wave shaped strips of plastic. Accessories included plastic clutch bags matching the fluid plastic effects. The final looks were more transparent and delicate with softer tones being used.
Displaying the best of new British fashion talent at London Fashion week was Holly Fulton winner of NEWGEN sponsorship. Holly Fulton quickly became a trending topic on Twitter with people complimenting her first yellow and black tweed look, art deco inspired dresses and her signature geometric prints. Models did struggle to walk in their uber high heels with one model having to take hers off during the catwalk. The use of chunky accessories and jewellery with studded detailing was gorgeous. Holly Fulton prints included baroque swirls, art deco cityscapes on silk trousers and maxi dresses. Trousers and a maxi dress featuring a repeat ‘lip print’ pattern got fashion followers talking. However Holly Fulton’s simple black velvet dress was just as captivating. With Samantha Cameron in the front row, Holly Fulton’s Autumn Winter 2011 2012 catwalk got everyone’s seal of approval.
House Of Holland
With everyone remembering last season’s pompom earrings we couldn’t wait to see what Henry Holland had created this Autumn Winter 2011 2012 season. House Of Holland is always loud and statement making yet it always has a sexy twist and somehow Holland has done it again with Granny Chic! The pompom earrings were replaced with big pearl hoops by Katie Hillier. Holland stated “Our girl is too young to wear a pearl necklace so we beaded them on to her dress and made it sexy”. To add to the pearls were tweeds and bingo ball prints! Every item had Holland’s signature style and humour. Bold, block colours were styled together including fuscia pink mid length skirt with box pleats (a glimpse of a silk slip underneath), orange blazer and purple shirt. Like Christopher Kane, Henry Holland also included crochet pieces into his Autumn Winter 2011 2012 collection but in a different way. Holland styled crochet cami tops with printed crochet tights. Holland continued the socks and shoes trend with high heel court shoes and stripy ankle socks.
The London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2011 2012 collection by Matthew Williamson was inspired by Francisco Infante-Arana who is a premier Russian avant-garde artist. Francisco combines innovative creations and photographs them in natural landscapes. Williamson commented “I’ve tried to take the quite nomadic DNA of our brand and combine it with a technical aspect, really fusing the two extremes.” Williamson chose Philips de Pury building to enable viewers to see the detail that went into all the pieces – Battersea Power Station was last year’s venue choice. Beads and sequins were intricately layered onto one another. The colours within the catwalk show were stunning with pinks, greys and nudes being used. Chunky knit socks were styled with heavy duty wooden wedges. Leather skirts and jackets with padded textures added a feminine attitude to the styling. The slouchy silk trousers are a favorite of ours. The combination of textures including sheer shirts, silk trousers and leather jackets added a feminine touch to soft tailored looks. » Read more: London Fashion Week Report – Top 5 Collections for Autumn Winter 2011-2012