February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
And we’re back! I’ve finally caught up with the shows and now I’m ready to see what London holds. Of course, London only gets a few measly days to show all they have to offer, so it can get a little packed, as it seems to be today. Oh well, I suppose, let’s get to it!
Christopher Bailey has been highly regarded for transforming Burberry into a modern brand, appealing to the young women of today with his own brand of essentials. Last season, however, he was heavily criticized for sticking to that aesthetic a little too hard. As his outlook became a bit outdated, he somewhat stubbornly stuck to motorcycle jackets and minidresses. Well, it was a lesson learned, it appears. He seems to have realized that perhaps the best way to move his Burberry into the future is to look to the past. This season had a very dressy, 60’s air about it, from the matchy-matchy accessories to the curvy, womanly shapes. Bailey was sly, however. He stuck to his signatures, like military jackets and trenches, making slight tweaks to fit the theme of the show. All in all, it was far more invigorated and exciting than last season’s limp effort, and it dealt with its perhaps cliched inspiration in a fresh and unique way. « Read the rest of this entry »
September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
And we’re back! London Fashion Week is off to a great start this time around, and I for one can’t wait to see what’s in store for us today. And on we go…
Christopher Kane is a fan of resurrecting the not-so-distant past, and that’s what he seemed to be on to with his latest collection. There was some flirtation with argyle, a “trend” that’s mostly been reserved to casual-corner shoppers who don’t really make an effort, and graphic prints on dresses looked like Ed Hardy illustrations upon closer review. Of course, Kane doesn’t mean to simply leave these references out in the open; he tries to take something we see as ugly and make it beautiful. As far as the Hardyesque prints are concerned, he was successful. The argyle was a bit dodgy, but he must have known that, because he barely showed it save for a few looks. When he wasn’t beautifying the ugly, he retooled uber-ladylike dresses by showing them in violent hot pinks and bright oranges. The overall effect, or the sum of all parts, was a vibrant and exciting show. Kane’s journey to becoming such an original voice has been quite interesting to watch.
February 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
Apologies, apologies, apologies. It seems I didn’t have the heart to go through with the daily recap format for the London shows, but rest assured that I was feeling guiltier and guiltier every day I failed to meet this standing appointment. So, the Milan shows begin on Thursday, and while I’ve run into some free time I’ve decided to get us up to speed on what we’ve missed in London. Here goes!
Newcomer Hakaan took no time at all in being wholeheartedly embraced by the most discerning of the fashion elite. And it’s not hard to see why with razor sharp tailoring and luxe fur detailing. Definitely one to watch on the London scene, and a good bit of excitement to liven it up. « Read the rest of this entry »
September 22, 2009 § Leave a comment
Hello everyone! First off, let me just apologize for my tardiness over the past few posts. London Fashion Week is really disorganized and it’s kind of time-consuming to make sense of it all. So there’s a good chance I’ve missed out on some shows that are actually worth my time, but I’m doing my best here. Anyway, let’s get to yesterday’s shows.
The things money will do to people. The r-word has infiltrated fashion much like the mucus creature in the Mucinex-DM commercials. Who knows if it’s entirely to blame, but Luella Bartley, she of the ostentatious frills, toned it down quite a bit this season. Not that that’s a disparaging remark; her streamlined effort retains her girly wiles yet fits much more nicely into the income-having woman’s wardrobe. But I fear if Bartley goes any further the apocalypse will surely ensue. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »
February 23, 2009 § Leave a comment
Gooood evening! I have nothing else to say. Let’s get to it.
Has Todd Lynn gone goth? His showing was mainly all-black with a few peeks of white. It was very dark but did not seem to have a sense of where it was going. There were some ideas that are surely nice, but not enough in the end.