LFW SS18, Saturday 16th September, Day Two Highlights

JW Anderson

For his eponymous SS18 collection, JW Anderson drifted away from the rigid format of his usual shows and turned to a setting that went back to basics. The guests sat on chairs coiled around a stripped-back rustic installation that translated through to the tone of the clothes too. This collection was a stark contrast to JW Anderson’s previous, more abstract shows, instead, this season everything was so much more simple and wearable.

They came in the form of towel-textured dresses, minimalist two-pieces, deep V-necks and peek-a-boo detailing that reflected a state of undress. As well as cropped bardots, bralettes molded around the breasts – a decon-recon look that portrayed the plainest form of the art of construction. Keeping in line with this earthy palette, stripes ran vertically down the body ensuring this was the designer’s most wearable collection yet. And what was held under each models’ arm? Oh, next season’s ‘it’ bag, of course.

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Markus Lupfer

Maybe the city actually takes a snooze whilst the girl never sleeps, ever thought of it like that? Markus Lupfer has. This collection was made for the woman addicted to her social life; too busy to sleep and with enough off-kilter glamour to practically be a part of old-Hollywood. Bold pinks, popping blues and jungle greens, psychedelic 3D florals, rainbows, butterflies and prints of monkeys swinging from tree to tree – it really was a collection to get lost in.

Living every minute in HD, models donned print-heavy blouses tucked into poolside hot pants and black sheer acted as an outer layer over skirts to add a slice of naughtiness. Hems were cropped to the calf to show off ballet-wrapped ankles, and models reclined on print-packed chairs donning huge sunglasses as if they were about to catch a tan – in their hedonistic-fuelled lives perhaps this was the only moment they could rest their eyes. With the world constantly shifting around us, Markus Lupfer’s girls were the only ones who can truly keep up with it all.

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Jasper Conran

This season Jasper Conran looked to the outdoors for inspiration, designing a collection that had a fashionable practically. The focus- primary colours of blue and yellow with injections of bright greens, ripe oranges and frosty pinks as the clothes played with texture and silhouette. There was an undeniable athleisure element as models sauntered the runway in colour clashing sandals. Layering was key as translucent tops were worn under boxy bomber jackets and paired with cropped knee length crepe trousers. Sunny yellow camisoles and slip dressed were kept warm under toggled rain macs in shades of forest green and aquatic blue. Straying from the loose shapes, co-ord sets and fitted dresses in light knits featured diamond patterns and linear stripes that enhanced the figure, altogether achieving the hard balancing game of smart-casual. So what has this collection taught us? Colour blocking is back and should adorn the clothing of stylish Londoners who don’t mind getting caught in the rain.

Sarah Barnes

 

Simone Rocha

Another season, another stand out collection, as Simone Rocha’s SS18 show was like watching eclectically dressed dolls walk the runway. White satin dresses were toughened up with chunky pointed brogues, showing us how to be stylishly feminine yet masculine simultaneously. Deconstructed lace skirts were contradicted by shoulder-padded jackets that belted tight at the waist, all monochromatic but simply made colourful by texture. Simone’s love of sheerness sneaked in as garments featured netted panels exposing delicate skin on the models legs but off set by chunky earrings and hair clips. We cannot fail to mention the display of dark florals that floated down the runway. Whether it be the large scattered black flowers that adored dresses or the micro florals in buttery yellows and raw reds that covered sleeves, it is the newest trend to wear- topped off with a oversized laced collar so that you are truly one of Simone Rocha’s real life dolls.

Sarah Barnes

 

Ports 1961

Ports is well known for its sleek cuts and low key palette that is all wrapped up in a sharp cosmopolitan style. This season experimented with fringing and stripes in a collection that made us want to update our office wear instantly. Ports approached suiting in a serious manner, offering up an emerald green three-piece that showed off tailoring off to its best. Pleated skirts in crisp whites and yellows were styled with colour-coordinated tops and over sized pointed collars that pulled attention to the models necklines. T-shirt dresses were neatly covered in Mondrian style stripes in hues of yellow and blue, while the white office skirt was reborn in sheer fabric with thick checked fringing. Proving that what you wear to the office can be relaxed yet smart and that you cant go wrong with a pair of bold tasselled flats.

Sarah Barnes

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Photographed exclusively for FAULT Magazine by Vic Lentaigne

Off the Rails: London Menswear steps it up a notch (30th Oct – 2nd Nov)

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Team FAULT are excited to be attending yet another showcase event in London’s ever-growing menswear calendar: Off the Rails London. Taking place in the trendy-yet-relaxed setting of the Old Truman Brewery on London’s Brick Lane, the emphasis of this sartorial pop-up bonanza is one of inclusivity and affordability without compromising on quality. In fact, the standard of men’s style on display represents the pinnacle of contemporary London-based design, with trailblazers such as tailors Markus Lupfer and Richard Anderson, shoemakers Oliver Sweeney and Barkers and the immortal Christy’s Hats – among many others (70 in total) – all holding court at this year’s debut.

With additional incentives including special discounts on many current lines, a pop-up ‘old school’ barber shop in the form of Shoreditch’s own Murdock London, personal styling sessions by Topman and booze and grub supplied by the Mr Hyde Bar and Patty and Bun Burger Store respectively, there seems to be few reasons for any self-respecting man about town in London NOT to attend – especially as tickets are available from just £6 each if bought as a pair (or more).

The event runs from today, Thursday 30th October – Sunday 2nd November at:

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane
London, E1 6QL

For event times and more information, visit www.offtherailsldn.com

FASHION MONTH IS FINALLY OVER: Here’s the trends you will need to know

By Sara Darling

Fashion is going raving with a nod to neon.

Pack your glow sticks for SS15, as this summer’s neon trend is not going anywhere! If you missed the boat this summer (or indeed the eighties!) several designers were re-living their youth with flashes on neon suitable for Goa-n beach parties or hot long nights in the city. Fyodor Golan provided highlighter-marker stripes and ostrich feathers, whilst Christopher Raeburn and Ashish worked up multi-coloured frenzy; Lucas Nascimento proved that doubling up is not such a bad thing, with a double dose of orange- having the same mind set is Emilia Wickstead! For accessories, Sophia Webster mashed up clashing prints and rainbow textures, while Markus Lupfer journeyed to California for his super brights ‘surf dudes’ collection. Let’s hope next summer is a hot one! Neon goes so well with a suntan!

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The 70s glamour puss

The 70s have dominated the men’s catwalks for the past two seasons, but now the womenswear designers are claiming the decade with my fave picks showcasing flattering flares, bold prints and glam rock platforms. Check out designers including Tom Ford who’s rock chick collection is perfect for Kate Moss or Mossy wannabes! House of Holland featured 70s loud prints on shirts, dresses and skirts in a mixture of that classic vintage curtain palette of yellow, green, red and orange. Matthew Williamson’s catwalk show at the BFC show space was stacked with 70s references: halter necks, jumpsuits and maxi dresses- perfect to embrace your inner hippy.

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Denim like you’ve never seen it before

Burberry Prorsum is always a popular London show. It sets trends that become instant classics, and SS15 is no different. Creative Director Christopher Bailey wowed us all with his new denim trench coat, alongside cropped denim jackets and denim with feathers- some more practical than others!

Marques’ Almeida took inspiration from the 90s and the drama of songstress PJ Harvey by incorporating black metallic denim in part of the collection, for a grungy feel for summer. Perfect for sitting under a tree and writing poetry! Joseph on the other hand did oversized double denim. In the disused industrial show space, the loose shirts, frayed edges chunky jumpers and leather were layered up to accentuate the moody mood.

Meanwhile in Paris, Kenzo did supersize denim, with wide legged pants, midi length skirts and ¾ sleeve jackets. Perfect as separates as it becomes a little last season pyjama-party as a full look. Even Milan, the capital of sophistication, mixed denim with drummer-boy jackets and silk kimono jackets at Gucci.Post-Burberry-Prorsum-Womenswear-Spring-Summer-2015-Collection-Look-17JOSEPH_ss15

 

Flower Power

With flowers never going out of fashion, somewhere across the globe designers nodded to the 60s, 70s and nineties at the shows this year, but the floral print was definitely given a 21st century makeover.

It is never a surprise when the humble flower is on trend for the spring/summer season. After all what summarises the spring more than a blooming bulb? However, this time the floral trend is a little different, with 3D floral embellishments leading the way for SS15. Erdem featured 3D floral patterns, and House of Holland featured tops and dresses with 3D floral embellishment designs.

Paul & Joe gave us pretty florals AND stripes (two trends in one!) and Sarah Burton at McQueen showed us a collection inspired by traditional kimonos, complete with leather, buckles and graphic floral motifs. One can only hope the very enviable lace up gladiator sandals will go into production too.

On the other end of the spectrum, Viktor and Rolf showed very wearable loose floral separates, and in Milan, Marni went bold with daffodils, daisies, lilies and chrysanthemums playing a big part in the the garden party collection. Achew!! Now where did I put my hayfever tabs?

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With designers out smarting themselves in the field of fabric development, it is great to see how engineering is fused with fashion to make some anti- sports, sportswear designs. Richard Nicoll used mesh and fibres and H by Hakaan Yildrim worked cylindrical shapes and hexagonal motif on skirts and outerwear. Marios Schwab’s collection was an architectural adventure into fitness and travel, and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi led the body con trend in scuba style fabrics and made dresses look sporty and sexy! The Whistles collection was inspired by grown up street wear, as was the new kid on the block, Nasir Mazhar who knows how to make a crop top. Alexander Wang re-interpreted sportswear with bodycon dresses, high-heeled pumps and sporty accessories- which you don’t need to wear at the gym.

Even the humble parka was brought back to life at the New York shows, with a makeover by J. Crew and Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Hugo Boss offered us a safe and completely wearable take on the polo shirt.

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Gingham girls

Stripes and checks make for a Little House on the Prairie trend with New York leading the way. Diane von Furstenberg showcased flirty dresses perfect for the French Riviera, and bound to put a spring in your pedicured step! Oscar de la Renta is as glam as you can expect, and his checks took a large, pastel turn. Shorts suits coupled with loose oversized jackets are perfect for layering and pretty enough to see you through any weather and Lela Rose showed us that checks don’t have to look like your granny’s tablecloth in her version of the spring summer two piece! And if you need any extra assurance, check out Altuzarra- perfect for the sexy girl. The gingham silhouettes unbuttoned just enough to tantalize and a silhouette designed to flatter. Whilst the Italian powerhouse Mui Mui took us on a trip to a John Walters film with 50s inspired pencil skirts and housecoats.

In London, we did it slightly differently and Ryan Lo presented a knitted version in a sugarcoated pastel palette and Lulu Lui gave us vertical stripes – if you have the legs for it! Or spend the next five months getting those legs into check!

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By Sara Darling

 

 

 

LFW SEPTEMBER ’15: DAY (2) SS15

This season, FAULT Magazine is out en-force at London Fashion Week (September ’14) to line up the new season Collections for review. Stay updated with the FAULT team via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and FAULT Online to see the latest and up to date Fashion Trends for Spring ’15, live, as they happen.

Lulu & Co 

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This youthful and adventurous collection brings the best of colour and pattern to the fashion medium. Exuberant and mischievous graphic prints are splurged over casual tees, shorts, dresses, tailored trousers, skirts and cute jackets. The shapes incorporated into the surface decoration include spots, lines, splodges and planetary symbols. The eye of Horus also pops up from time to time. Who doesn’t want the ancient Egyptian sign of royal power on their threads? No one, that’s who.

Models pose, their apparel exudes a sporty but flirty vibe, with items ranging from tight and sassy to baggy and potent. Oranges, purples, blues, greens, reds and yellows dominate the majority of the garments on display. This blend of pattern, tone, colour and print is challenged through the use and combination of the lot, each melts into one another and creates one solid and quirky surface design.  One major summer trend is monochrome and Lulu and Co have not left this out of their latest compilation, one of the most feminine pieces in the lot is an enticing low neck dress with an a-line skirt.

-Deborah Ajia

Markus Lupfer 

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We arrived at Bondi Beach for Markus Lupfer’s spring/summer 15 presentation. Of course not literally Bondi Beach – a studio space near King’s Cross on a cloudy London day in fact – but inside, the sun was shining.

Models danced, chatted and smiled around a VW camper van in shining metallics in vibrant purple and orange fluoro. Amongst the palm trees a beach bar was set up and the all-blonde model cast pouted playfully for cameras through their colourful, mirrored sports shades.

Further sporty touches were added with exposed zips running down tops and dresses and jewel embellished jelly shoes completed the fun-time looks. Wrap around, asymmetrical mini-skirts and loose, half buttoned down shirts were as relaxed as their beachy, free-flowing hair.

Let the good times roll!

-Olivia Pinnock

Sibling

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For SS15 the trio behind Sibling showed us a collection very much true to their quirky yet recognisable sense of style. The oversized boys atop their models sleep hair and a hint of red lipstick accentuated the collection’s playful and innocent side. Known for their knitwear Sibling presented us with some bold coloured graphic prints, flirty frills and the way to unusual evening wear. Of course there were some fantastic knitwear pieces in the midst of the collection but characterised by their delicateness and lightness. The collection was every street style woman’s dream being intricate, bold and yet super wearable. Brogue flats included.

-Charlotte Natter

Hunter

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When you think of the quintessentially British brand Hunter, you immediately think of boots, camping and festivals, key parts of a traditional British summer. This compilation of outfits is an extension of such and takes inspiration from the army, using dusky greens, greys and browns on masculine silhouettes. It’s a truly unisex collection with a mature feel. When bright lilacs are introduced to the collection, this is where it really gets interesting. The macs, waterproofs and shorts become much more engaging in style and colour. Graphic prints of black, silver and blue bring an almost 80’s feel to the otherwise drab styling presented. The final piece caught my eye the most; a psychedelic waterproof poncho dress.

-Deborah Ajia

 

Holly Fulton

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Photographed exclusively for FAULT Magazine by Miles Holder

The queen of ladylike prints didn’t disappoint at London Fashion Week as she opted for Mosaic-like flower shapes in strong black on white, grey and yellow. Far from flat, the collection also featured the strong print shapes in embellished beads for a touch of shine mixed with PVC strips and crop tops.

Mid-length skirts and thick crossover straps were elegant. Folky without being bohemian, the luxe wool and silk fabrics demonstrated great quality pieces that feel great to wear while the Eastern vibe of the shapes incorporated traditional elements with international appeal.

Block heel sandals and round sunglasses tapped into current trends with the styling but the womanly outlines made this a collection to last.

-Olivia Pinnock

 

Antipodium

Photographed exclusively for FAULT Magazine by Jean-Luc Brouard

Photographed exclusively for FAULT Magazine by Jean-Luc Brouard

There’s legitimately something refreshing when a brand showcases it’s new collection that encapsulates the idea of “ready-to-wear” – if your clothes have to be put in to stores in six months because of tweaking, it’s not exactly ready to wear, is it? Trust Antipodium, then, to present something that you could most definitely wear, right out of the presentation should you wish! It was an easy affair, the offerings for the new season; pastel shades of sorbet colours and citrus-y brights dominated, injected with the staple black and whites that every good collection needs. The silhouette, whilst minimal, was definitely for today’s girl – fresh lines, cool styling a quirks (see: shirts tucked in to waistbands and unbuttoned all the way, buckled collars under crisp shirt collars, and so on), and the unmistakably grungy way everything stayed together. Maybe it’s a new approach for Antipodium, and it’s an approach that paid off – from the dishevelled hair down to the sports sandals, everything about this girl said that she was powerful. And you don’t mess with a powerful girl – after all, if she’s a part of the Antipodium gang, she’s definitely going to kick you ass.

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J.W. Anderson

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Photographed exclusively for FAULT Magazine by Miles Holder

J.W. Anderson’s collection for SS15 was certainly a step away from his previous rather dark collections and showed us a much lighter take on fashion. Layering dominated much of the collection in combination with wide-brimmed floppy hats made entirely out of black leather. The collection had a certain nautical feel to it withAnderson using navy, whites, and leathers (in black and tan) as well as showcasing stripes and gold buttons in several of his pieces. The use of leather in soft, tailor tops and waistcoats as well as the perfectly tailored trousers the designer send down the catwalk are a reminder of Andersons beginnings in men’s wear and his signature “Things that can be borrowed from a man to a woman and from a woman to a man.” This was maybe one of Anderson’s most wearable collections, however he continues to push and challenge his creativity and continues his exploration of fashion.

-Charlotte Natter

 

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The Nasir Mazhar show was a real step-up for the designer. The logomania for which he has made his name was treated with more subtlety than before (…it’s relative), woven into drapery, hung in panels and fixed in metallic inserts, whilst the colour scheme was rich with Byzantine jewel tones, flashes of neon and glitch-effect prints.
This cyber-luxe theme took hold across the collection, almost superseding the streetwear influence always so present in Mazhar‘s work. Models were styled with graphic make-up and headgear, with a vibe that hit somewhere between manga-videogame-empress and a techy Princess Leia.
The cut of the clothes took the collection to the next level and the drapery added a visual layer without losing the effortlessness and street influence of the beand. The simple crop tops of previous collections were embellished this season with corset detailing and structure, levelled by Lycra trains and stretch-inserts. By balancing the cheek of East London with nods to a more luxe aesthetic, Mazhar has given us a preview of how far his label can go.

 

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One of the problems with SS15 is that it is unleashed upon the city just as the seasons are changing, and as summer is becoming a distant memory. All signs point towards winter and yet, the collections are often designed with the beach in mind. Henry Holland seemed aware of this balancing act with his House ofHolland collection this season, presenting a vision of summer that overlaid hippie prints and colour schemes with clean, preppy silhouettes and separates. This was a show that spoke of a more appropriate (and relatable) vision ofspring/summer, somewhere between the East Coast-quirk of the Hamptons and a Seventies-based Indian Summer.
The prints were decorative and enchanting, with paisley and Eastern motifs amongst neon geometric prints that had a hint of Bridget Riley. There was a touch of Wes Anderson and his iconic Margot Tenenbaum in the candy-coloured striped polo shirts, Seventies vibe, side partings and kohl-lined eyes. Flashes of metallic added little to the collection but the blending of prints was refreshing and playful.
Holland does wearable well, and his prints are even better. With this collection, he once again knocked it out of the park.

 

 

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Photographed exclusively for FAULT Magazine by Chris Yates

Graduating from his usual spot at Rio Fashion Week, NEWGEN recipient Lucas Nascimento made a sophisticated arrival at London Fashion Week. Saharan minimalism for SS15 came in the form of clean cut silhouettes in bright sunset hues of orange, sky blue, navy and yellow. Soft leather made a regular appearance in loose shift dresses and collarless jackets. Off-centre folds revealed flashes of contrasting colours from the inside of garments and half-leg skirts layered over trousers contributed to the trend for asymmetry in this collection. Sheer palazzo trousers and draped tops made us dream of lounging in the hareem but modern detailing including drawstring toggles and cut-away sleeves made the show ultimately about crisp and contemporary fashion.

-Olivia Pinnock

 

 MARCHESA
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Photographed exclusively for FAULT Magazine by Nigel Pacquette

Led by Georgia May Jagger, Marchesa served up a fairytale of stunning embroidered detail, luxe embellishment and frothy, whimsical seventies-inspired shapes. The house, focused on what they do best – high-end craftsmanship presented in a highly wearable red carpet dress.
With slightly oversized shapes, loose cuts and soft silhouettes, the Marchesa woman this season was a relaxed flower child, heavily embellished, with nature-inspired embroidered print and breathtaking beading that glimmered along the runway.
Looks of note were a short forest green embroidered dress, which although oversized made a uniquely flattering cut. Then a whisper of a delicately sheer, rose petal pink dress, plunging at the neckline yet demure on the bottom half. Expect fashion editors to be fighting over this one.

 

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‘Shine a Light’ – Patrick Jendrusch’s FAULT

Body: LUXXUS BERLIN Jacket: Kilian Kerner

Body: LUXXUS BERLIN
Jacket: Kilian Kerner

Shirt: Markus Lupfer Shorts: Moga E Mago

Shirt: Markus Lupfer
Shorts: Moga E Mago

Bra: Très Bonjour Skirt: Kilian Kerner Ankle boots: Vladimir Karaleev

Bra: Tres Bonjour
Skirt: Kilian Kerner
Ankle boots: Vladimir Karaleev

Dress: DSTM Don't Shoot the Messengers

Dress: DSTM – Don’t Shoot the Messengers

Head piece: DSTM Don't Shoot the Messengers Jumpsuit: Stine Goya

Head piece: DSTM Don’t Shoot the Messengers
Jumpsuit: Stine Goya

Top: Issever Bahri Shorts: Guess Ankle boots: Vladimir Karaleev Necklace: Bjørg

Top: Issever Bahri
Shorts: Guess
Ankle boots: Vladimir Karaleev
Necklace: Bjorg

Zip jacket: Stine Goya Leggings: DSTM Don't Shoot the Messengers

Zip jacket: Stine Goya
Leggings: DSTM Don’t Shoot the Messengers

Coat: Vladimir Karaleev Shoulder piece: Moga E Mago Stockings: Très Bonjour Ankle boots: Vladimir Karaleev

Coat: Vladimir Karaleev
Shoulder piece: Moga E Mago
Stockings: Tres Bonjour
Ankle boots: Vladimir Karaleev

 

Photographer: Patrick Jendrusch (www.patrickjendrusch.de)
Styling: Lisa Filippini
Make-up: Ines Schult
Model: Anna @ Seeds Management

London Fashion Week: Day 2 Highlights

Day 2 started with a safari adventure in the heart of London courtesy of Orla Kiely. The presentation, set in an artists studio comprised of animal prints and preppy accessories. The presentation finale saw all the looks coming together under a troop banner surrounded by the famously intricate prop designs from Kiely.

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Orla Kiely

Next to take over the Courtyard Show Space was Holly Fulton, renowned for use of bold colour and prints she didn’t disappoint. Models walked  down the catwalk past two printed monoliths, complimenting the array of 70’s inspired prints on show.

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Holly Fulton

Julien Macdonald lived up to expectations delivering a glamourous array of evening gowns complete with risky cutouts and sheer panelling. The collection is sure to be worn down many a red carpet next summer.

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Julien Macdonald

David Koma brought his sharp lines and bold silhouettes to the catwalk at Somerset House with a primarily monochrome collection punctuated by stabs of blue and nude tones. A crowd pleasing show and one of my favourites from the day.

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David Koma

Whilst the David Koma show was unfolding the Markus Lupfer presentation was taking place at Goldsmiths Hall. Squeezing his audience in to a teenage girls bedroom, lupfer once again showed that printed layering was a season must-have.

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Markus Lupfer

Next up was the more than eagerly awaited J.W Anderson show. The designer of the moment and most sort after collaborator around brought geometric shapes and angular cutoffs to the catwalk using his now trademark traits of origami-esque folds and copious amounts of leather.

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J.W Anderson

Glitter and sparkle have long been staples of Ashish and this seasons collection didn’t disappoint. Armed with sequinned shopping bags models walked down the catwalk to disco sounds such as 1 Thing by Amerie wearing various layered slogan-sampling designs. Model of the moment Chloe Norgaard was amongst the line up, her glittering green hair fitting the show perfectly.

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Ashish

House of Holland attracted a particularly star studded front row playing host to the likes of Harry Styles, Alexa Chung and Fault Favourite Ellie Goulding amongst others. It must therefore have been somewhat of a relief that his show went down so well, bright colours, bold prints and flattering shapes all came together perfectly to form another of the days best shows.

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House of Holland

My final show of the day was the eagerly awaited Mark Fast who had taken nostalgic inspiration from the not so conventional sunrise. The sunrise seen by ravers and club-goers of the 90’s as it was “reflected on staticky television screens”. Bold hair and makeup complimented the fierce designs, many of which featuring cutouts and sheer detailing.

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Mark Fast

Are you ready for Spring Summer 13? Read this and you will be….

With London Fashion week all but a distant memory, the ever-evolving world of fashion is now looking towards next summer! Especially relevant as the nights are closing in, boots are dug out of storage and comfort food is on the menu. It’s only the access to next seasons’ bikinis and the promise of pina coladas that are going to get us fashionistas through the winter months!

With that in mind, fashion next season is taking on a number of stand-out trends. As usual, there is something for everyone, but if you can pin point key pieces from the catwalks, the high street will be bursting with their own take on the following come next spring.

Futuristic is still making an impact, with Burberry re-working their classic trench in a number of chocolate box shades including purple, pink and lilac- which obviously impressed frow-er Harry Styles- perhaps because his girlfriend Cara Delevingne was walking for the show- and even wrapped up in a trench coat, she oozed summer sex appeal. More suited to the summer (or not with if this year is anything to go by!!) Matthew Williamson used metallics on leather and as embellishments; With foils and high shine pieces also being shown at Christopher Kane, Antonio Beradi, Markus Lupfer and Jonathan Saunders. Highlights being the boxy cuts, and phosphorescent shades, which added an edgy mermaid appeal to Saunders’ collection. Bernard Chandran used a grey, white and black palette, but added a few sequins into his mix as well as white PVC and a streak of rebelliousness. His collection even included a full sequin tracksuit, and you can’t get much more futuristic than that! Which, if you are that way inclined, will be on your next summer hit list … (read mine!!)

Monochrome is going to be big with the power dressers; Simple silhouettes, and basic shapes were prevalent on a number of catwalks, leaving room for accessorizing or keeping it nice and neat. With Sass and Bide returning to London fashion week after a season off, their collection fused masculine and feminine- and could best be described as aggressive power dressing- shell adornment has never looked better on a simple understated dress. Block colours were back at Topshop Unique, Roksanda Ilincic and Hemyca who used a strong collection of black and white basics, with subtlety beaded necklines and belts. Adam Andrascik’s collection was full of separates with contrasting stripes. Shirts and skirts/trousers combos coupled in basic easy to wear shapes added to the subtle sophistication, and asymmetric hemlines with a touch of sheer panelling are a well-received cheeky wink!

Sports luxe is another trend that seems to have wedged a place in the fash packs hearts. Inspired by this year’s Olympics, or just generally the joy of running around in sporty gear in the summer, designers were sending out models faster than tennis ball practice! Christian Blanken has long aligned himself with the sportswear aesthetic, producing collections in a practical fashion for fashion and not sport! Fusing python print, suede and liquid metal, there is something for the girl on the go, all staying true to a fuss free philosophy of mix and match basics. David Koma’s collection was a lot more specific and referenced female tennis stars of the 1920s; Basing the collection on bodycon and dropped waist dresses, the collection was mostly a very wearable and extremely practical full house. With the colour palette of green, tangerine, blue and white- its freshness will be sure to inspire, and if the go faster stripes make you go faster, all the better! Liz Black also offered a complimentary sports inspired silhouette; With her colour choice being pink and black, she used perforated elements, which lent a cosmopolitan edge and breaks the mould of tradition. Zoe Jordan also based her collection on a sports luxe theme with a mash up of girly shades and tomboy shapes; there was a mixture of crop tops, blazers, harem pants and bombers. Completed by baseball caps and sunglasses, this is one for the kool kidz! Talking of cool crowd, Ashish showed a much more reserved collection than usual, but it still had oodles of personality! Sequins mixed with denim mixed with scrunchies and styled by Anna Trevelyan who completed the back to the nineties grunge look with white Reebok classics. And if that isn’t enough to make you want to break out a sweat, there must be something wrong!

If dressing safe is not your thing, another key trend is mismatch. Strong in the belief that clashing works, designers including Holly Fulton, Louise Gray, Meadham Kirchoff, Peter Pilotto and Issa lead us down the path that is not for the faint hearted; Mashing up colours and shapes all in the name of fun, you can find anything from hypercolour, fringing, pom poms and paisley! Henry Holland brought us 90s neon complete with tiny cropped tops; Also appealing was the PPQ inspired psychedelic collection; If you’re a fan of the mini/maxi extremes are you will fall in love with the embellished dresses, jumpsuits and halter necks. Leutton Postle also offered an eclectic mix. Definitely screaming summer, the clash of patterns – blocks, triangles, stripes, mish matched collars, tongue in cheek tassels and to die for shoes, they add a sense of drama to any spring summer wardrobe. The Louise Gray collection screamed FUN! Based on graffiti, there is much to be said about the appeal of a “Hot” “Yeah o Yeah” and other expletives! Definitely a talking point, the leather, appliqué and chiffon was showcased as high energy and with Barbie as a show sponsor, I guess we shouldn’t have expected anything less! Holly Fulton is another designer who steers well away from the ordinary! Transporting us to the City of Angels- LA, the bubblegum colours and riotous prints have already sent a teaser of an unimaginable hot summer, cruising around with oversized sunnies and the roof down on your Chevy Corvette.

Gaining a more grown up reputation, stripes and checks crossed over to SS and cropped up on several catwalks and are a refreshing contrast to a nautical look. Jonathan Saunders played with metallic stripes in cool blue and silver, while Giles experimented with thick black and white horizontal stripes.


Markus Lupfer was a bit more experimental and featured bold chevron patterns meshed with floral motifs and graphic, tribal elements. Acne also sent out monochrome stripes and a selection of black and white stripe separates. With the Queen of Tartan, Vivienne Westwood, also featuring a beige palette with high waist trousers as one of her key pieces.As an easy to wear trend, Clements Ribeiro offered possibly the most transferable collection; With bright striped polo tops, and tartan pencil skirts, this is something to wear straight from the catwalk.

Above all, there is much to look forward to, and with tights also seeming to have made a bit of an impact, SS13 fashion might be ready for the great British summer!

By Sara Darling