Day four was probably the least eventful of my fashion week days. As apparently I still need to have a sustainable income living in London, I had to take a break from the shows and work. So for this post I am going to write on some of the big shows that happened on Monday, including Burberry and Sophia Webster, and the trends that are already clearly emerging.
Burberry is always the most ionic show of London Fashion Week, but this year eyes were especially on the show with Burberry's recent announcement to shake up the classic fashion show structure. Early this month Burberry claimed that instead of people having to wait six long months before buying what they saw on the runway, it would be available in stores right away. And they have already followed through on this promise, being in the flag ship store in London until the 27th, in Paris from the 1st to the 8th of March, and online right now. I know I'll be heading to Regent Street this weekend to see the clothes in person.
The central theme of the Burberry show this season was patchwork, but not your granny's quilt patchwork. Rather bags, dresses, and coats were made up from patches of shiny, snake like, skins. Something you can only get with a top luxury brand, such as Burberry, is that this patch work is hand sewn and therefore no two bags are exactly the same. Each piece is also named after a British street, town, or village. I know that if I managed to get my hands on one I would feel a special attachment to my little Notting Hill clutch.
When the word Burberry is said the first thing that pops in to even non-fashion addicts head is a coat. Maybe its a tan trench coat, or a tailored military jacket. Whatever the colour of the coat is it is clear that Burberry has mastered the art of outerwear. This A/W season Burberry created four different styles of coats; the military, the check, the field, the fringe, and of course the trench coat.
The last standout feature of the show though you can not yet buy online, and these were the metallic and mosaic dresses. Short and colourful, they brought an essence of spring into a tradition winter look. Paired with the heavy coats the complimented each other, having a youthful and powerful energy. These floral patterns also demonstrate just how Burberry is making their collections ready to be in stores right away, with spring shopping just starting as the sun is peaking out.
Sophia Webster, Christopher Kane, and Peter Pilotto
Day Four of Fashion Week was epic, hosting some of the most prestigious and talked about shows. I decided to talk about these three names because they have literally been blowing up the internet. From clothing to set design, they are being re-gramed like crazy. Also they show an even and representative display of London Fashion.
The bag-lady hit the runway! The models of Kane's show appeared to be caught in the most fashionable rain storm of all time, very suiting for London at the moment. As everyone on Brewer street has noticed that even when it is sunny, it is still raining. Kane said when describing the show that, "How that dead and thrown-away beauty often looks better than when it was supposedly alive... I have always been obsessed by recluses". And the show was just that; a dishevelled kind of beauty. With bright flowers mixed in with ripped black dresses and wet looking hair with jewelled gowns.
The show also had a flow that only a masterful designer can create. Not shying away from using a collection of different fabrics, from grey furs to chiffon and lace . Every piece stood out while also being part of one clear image.
Shiny, shiny shiny. Metallics are a huge trend coming up this season and from the tinfoil runway to the silk pant legs Peter Pilotto was all about the silvers and blues. This shimmeryness was not done in the, "going out on a friday night to a rave" kind of way, rather it was done with complete sophistication. The kind of glitz a girl who has her life together wears. The silky skirts were paired with structured high neck shirts with geometrical patterns to even out the over all look.
As the show progressed these patterns evolved in to beautiful embroidery with earthy vibes. Making the garments appear both modern and organic. This collection was incredibly wearable without loosing its free-spirit and artistic essence, which London truly appreciates in designers
Thats all for now on Day Four of Fashion Week. I will be doing a round up of every show from everyday after fashion week is all over, so stay on the look out for that. Only one more day left! Follow the last of my journey on my Instagram: @sophbutterfield, Twitter: @real_walks, and Snapchat; @shopieb