It’s time to celebrate the most exciting and inspiring London Fashion Week we have ever seen. Prepare yourself for beautiful gowns, the most royal of guests, Burberry goodbyes, home grown talent, and some very special shopping!
CHRISTOPHER BAILEY SAYS GOODBYE TO BURBERRY
Fashion’s A-List said a fond farewell to Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey on Saturday evening; the designer’s last collection was awash with rainbows in support of three LGBT+ charities and the blend of Burberry check. The rainbow flag was seen on every bag, shirt, scarf, hat and puffer on the runway.
Do our eyes deceive us, or is that HRH The Queen sitting on the front row at newcomer Richard Quinn’s AW18 show? This was no impersonator, Her Royal Highness presented the young designer with the first Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. Cue a collective gasp, and the happiest fashion moment ever.
THE 80'S HAVE RETURNED
Portuguese wonder couple, Marta Marques and Paolo Almeida took us back to the 1980’s for an Ab Fab inspired collection that screamed, “Lacroix sweetie.” Think bleached out fabrics, big shoulders, poufy skirts and graffiti-ed leather – it’s time to catch up with Patsy and Edina on Netflix now.
THE POLITICS OF FASHION
Vogue cover girl, fashionista and activist Adwoa Aboah made a rousing key note speech at LFW’s opening ceremony, and quickly followed it by posing for a quick selfie with the British Fashion Council’s Caroline Rush and London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. Talk about friends in high places.
50 SHADES OF STYLE
Christopher Kane produced a stunning collection inspired by the 1972 illustrated book The Joy of Sex. Garments were covered in delicate, saucy illustrations and marabou feather trim. We can’t wait to spice up our wardrobe with some of these beautiful creations.
ERDEM GOES BACK IN TIME
Erdem’s latest muse is the the dazzling American vaudeville child star Adele Astaire who married the son of the Duke of Devonshire. “She was Fred’s elder sister and the much more talented one. Adele was completely independent and then married into this very formal aristocratic family,” Erdem revealed after the show.
MATTY BOVAN'S 1ST STANDALONE SHOW
Designer Matty Bovan sent models out in layer upon layer of ruffled tulle topped off with inflatable headgear courtesy of milliner Stephen Jones. His first standalone collection was the continuation of his obsession with folk dress. We can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for this rising star.
JW ANDERSON COMBINES MEN'S & WOMEN'S COLLECTIONS
Jonathan Anderson abandoned his usual gendered shows to bring his two ranges together for AW18, a fashion week first for the brand. The collection was inspired by Richard Smith’s 1970s kite designs, which were combined with classic 1920s silhouettes and a utilitarian colour palette of khaki and beige.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
This season setting was as important as the collections. Erdem hosted his show at the National Portrait Gallery, Christopher Kane invited guests Tate Britain and Marques’Almeida asked editors along to a concrete tunnel under Waterloo Station. Buckingham Palace, however, topped the lot for most impressive fashion week venue when the Duchess of Cambridge hosted the Commonwealth Talent Showcase on Sunday afternoon.