Friday, October 25, 2013

London Fashion Week — Spring/Summer 2014

Yeah, I know. You have heard me harp on and on about Paris and New York, but one thing you haven’t heard me talk enough about is London. Actually, London is one of my favorite cities in the world, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t daydream about moving there at least once per day.

From a trip I took to London back in 2011. I talk a little about it in this blog post.

Obviously, one of the reasons I love London (and the British) is because of the fashion. The British fashion scene has a rich, statement-filled history. From bespoke tailoring to punk rock, British fashionistas have it all, and it’s apparent in this year’s spring/summer fashion week.

Here are some of my favorite shows:

Vivienne Westwood — The Queen of Anarchy (oxymoron intended)

Vivienne Westwood was the original punk-rock designer. Her collections are filled with plaid, shredded fabric, and graphic prints. This whimsical collection is no exception.

Burberry Prorsum — The Crown Jewel of British Tailoring

British designers are known for their amazing tailoring, and—in my opinion—no other fashion capital can compete with a well-made suit from Savile Row.

Burberry Prorsum was founded in 1856 and has since taken over the world. Its pretty-yet-bold spring/summer 2014 collection was all about soft, classical tailoring and eye-catching lace.

House of Holland — The Ministry of Wacky Looks (but for all the right reasons)

The British fashion scene embraces the weird and wacky, and I love it!

Henry Holland, House of Holland’s creator, is a relatively new designer and has already built a reputation for himself. His spring/summer 2014 was filled with his signature, 80’s style t-shirts, bright color, and structured tailoring for which he is known.

Roksanda Ilincic — Little Britart

This season, London Fashion Week was all about new designers, and Roksanda Ilincic worked her way from the outskirts of the fashion scene and into the limelight. Her Brazilian, mid-century collection, inspired by Hélio Oiticica, was one of my favorites.

Hmm… Do I smell a “How to Dress Like a Londoner” blog coming up?

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