Each season Charlie May keeps on growing, she is still relatively new to this fashion business but I love how she really does play on her minimal and androgynous aesthetic each season. Autumn/winter 2014 really does feel like a continuation of her SS14 sporty and minimal vibe, last season there were a lot of metallics, this season it has a stronger vibe with a black, white and navy colour palette. I love that the key to Charlie’s collection is simplicity, the simplicity in the silhouettes, the colour palette, the selection of pieces, there is always a really cohesive vibe from
You can always leave it to Markus Lupfer to bring a touch of fun to fashion week, last season it was a teenage girl’s bedroom, and for autumn/winter 2014 it is all about the local “caff”. Inspired by the quintessential charm of England – from a builders café in Manchester to riding the Big Dipper in Blackpool and buying rock on Brighton Pier – this is a collection that mixes the tongue-in-cheek with more grown-up ready-to-wear pieces. SS14 was fun and girlie, AW14 is moodier with a contemporary nod to Mod fashions with uniform-like silhouettes, pinafore-inspired dresses, boxy jackets and striking
There is always something so beautiful about a John Rocha show, I think it is because he is one of the few designers that really makes technical fashion look romantic. For autumn/winter 2014, Rocha was inspired by the dusk dark light of Icelandic skies and produced a collection filled with his signature organic shapes with tattered lace and tiered organza dresses in a dark palette of black, blood-red, midnight greens, and grey. The volumes of ruffles was lovely to see, the collection also included delicate touches including embroidered floral appliques, and silhouettes crafted in velvet for a luxurious winter touch.
Alice Temperely showcased a more wearable collection for autumn/winter 2014 with layered daywear separates, tailoring and suiting taking centre stage, unlike previous collections filled with ballgowns and red carpet creations. For AW14 it is all about the Temperley London woman by day, with sexier shorter lengths to the dresses featuring ornate patterns reminiscent of tile work seen in Spanish cathedrals, and a lot of gorgeous outerwear options from quilted cropped jackets to textured Jacquard and A-line swing coats. Even though I love the eveningwear options, which were still present with a highlight being a floor-length crystal-embellished nude evening dress, the romantic
Screaming fans, Beatlemania style and Sixties Britpop was the starting point for Eudon Choi for autumn/winter 2014, which took inspiration from Mod styling of rock bands including The Kinks and The Rolling Stones. As always Eudon is known for his great tailored pieces and outerwear, I loved every style that came down the runway from the shaggy coats to the oversized blazers with furry wraps around the shoulders to the voluminous peacoats. The vibrant cobalt blue seen in the coats, the trousers, dresses and the knits was nice to see among the sea of white, black and grey. I think the highlight for me