Tag Archive: LFW Aw14

Feb 24 2014

LFW Show Report: Charlie May AW14

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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!!!

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Feb 20 2014

LFW Show Report: Markus Lupfer AW14

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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.

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Feb 18 2014

LFW Show Report: John Rocha AW14

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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.

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Feb 17 2014

LFW Show Report: Temperely London AW14

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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 folk-inpsired separates and maxi dresses were gorgeous and something that I would love to wear.

I also loved the styling of the collection, with giant scarves, wide belts nipping in the waists, the blue eyeliner and the playful braids.

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Feb 15 2014

LFW Show Report: Eudon Choi AW14 – Hysteria

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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.

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Feb 14 2014

LFW Diary: Day 1 – Dinosaur Jumper, Bora Aksu & A Nokia Skirt

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There is a calm about this London Fashion Week, maybe it is because it is like my tenth or eleventh season, I really have lost count, or maybe it is just with the rain I know there is less pressure on my outfits because lets face it I am going to spend the whole five days soaked.

Today, I most certainly got soaked, it poured all day, so no proper outfit picture, just a crappy one taken on my mobile inside The Apartment, but I just had to share as I love this stripy dinosaur jumper from ASOS. I promise that I will share this beauty in another outfit post soon.

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Day 1 at LFW has always been seen as filled with ‘lesser’ designers or ‘emerging’ talent, and some editors and writers even miss it out completely, I am not sure why as the Friday schedule is always packed, and I love the mix of the romantic nature of Bora Aksu with the demi-couture vibe at Fyodor Golan, to the exquisite tailoring at Eudon Choi, and the outerwear chic you always see at Christopher Raeburn.

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Bora Aksu brings a touch of spring to AW14

Always a highlight for me is Turkish designer Bora Aksu, this season he presented a collection that was filled with his trademark femininity and a nod of nostalgia, with a line inspired by the letters his mother wrote while at boarding school. The uniformed school girl and the 1950s silhouette could be seen throughout the collection, which included Peter Pan collars, pencil skirts, high-necks and patchwork detailing. For the most part this seemed like a collection more suited to warmer climates than London, but it was nice to see girlie pinks and vibrant yellows alongside bold blues, oxblood red and monochrome. I can’t stress how much I loved this collection and I promise I will be sharing more images later in the week when I have edited them.

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Hair trend – Plaits

I know it is only day 1 but I have already spotted plaits on the catwalk, from the Heidi meets milk maid vibe of the ribbon plaits seen at Bora Aksu to the edgy braids at Fyodor Golan, which were hidden under sporty hats, and even Jean-Pierre Braganza sent his models down the runway sporting a braid with a white and blue painted strands. I wonder if this will continue throughout all of LFW.

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Technology Meets Fashion

Technology and fashion always seems to collide during fashion week, whether its Google glasses on the DVF runway or Burberry filming their show with iPhones, it seems everyone wants a piece of the fashion pie. Well this season, Fyodor Golan pushed the boundaries by creating a skirt made out of 80 Nokia Lumia 1520 Smartphones. The design was really cool to see as each mobile was broadcasting its surrounds so it looked like the colours fluttered when the model moved.

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Pink Isn’t Going Anywhere

One of most coveted items this autumn/winter has to be the pink coat and it seems pink it still on the minds of LFW designers, as it is only Day 1 and we’ve already seen it on the catwalk of Bora Aksu in a soft hue, as well as vibrant bold pink colours at Mark Fast and at Fyodor Golan who added a sports luxe vibe with this textured bomber jacket and baseball cap.

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Blue, Blue, and a bit more Blue

As well as pink, blue hues from baby blue to cobalt blue strutted down the catwalk. At Eudon Choi, the blues were bold, and seen on ruffled dresses and boxy knits, while at Christopher Raeburn the blue hue was more of a pastel share and looked more casual paired alongside khaki on chic outerwear. Dark blue was also used at Bora Aksu, for its cord two-pieces, as well as at Mark Fast for his knitted creations, while a sophisticated blue was seen on tailored pieces at J JS Lee.

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I will be back tomorrow with my Day 2 round-up, and fingers crossed a proper outfit post.

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