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 her collections. Last season I was blown away by the cracked silver foil effect metallic pieces, this time around I am in love with the sculpted knitted tops and skirts.
Highlights for me had to be the nearly floor-length cosy coats, the huge roll neck sweaters, the ripped jeans at the knee and the voluminous skirts – now if only I was cool enough to wear it all!!!
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 prints featuring florals, polka dots and leopard print.
If like me you are a lover of his statement sequinned knits they are still in the collection but sadly only the Cafe one seem to appear at the presentation. According to the show notes there will also be jumpers featuring slogans including ‘Kiss me quick’, ‘Golly Gosh’, ‘One sandwich short of a picnic’, ‘Bingo’ and ‘Full english’.
Granted it didn’t have the same vibe as last season, but hey this time around we did get chips, but I do like this more grown-up version of Markus Lupfer.
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. I really did love the contrast of the texture and structure of the collection.
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 had to be the cobalt blue shift dress with its feminine, fluid draping to the back – simply gorgeous.