From left to right: Burberry, Emilia Wickstead, Victoria Beckham and Roksanda
London Fashion Week is already over, and what a week this was! Besides being the first ever fur-free fashion week in the world, there was also the first collection designed by Riccardo Tisci for Burberry, the first complete collection of Alexa Chung and the commemorative collection of Victoria Beckham. Here are the highlights of some of the amazing shows of this week:
Riccardo Tisci’s debut for Burberry was worth the suspense. The big collection was divided into three themes: Refined, Relaxed and Evening, and was designed to please all generations. Tisci explained it was “like a patchwork or a mix of the British lifestyle”. The much-awaited show began, naturally, with the iconic trench coat, but it came with a wide elastic belt. Burberry’s new logo was printed on silk skirts, shirts and pussy bow dresses. Silk scarves were used as belts or tied in unexpected places. The first part of the collection was mostly in hues of beige. “Relaxed” was for the younger ones, a mix of street style and punk. And the last part, “Evening”, was composed of all black outfits embellished with golden fringes or a tiny hint of silver; simple but chic.
The designer also debuted in London, after ten years of living in New York hence the name of her collection: Arrivals and Departures, which was as diverse as her Instagram followers. She presented beautiful raincoats, tailored trousers and vests. There was a vast array of dresses for all tastes; a black buttoned dress with white rabbits, a sleek yellow satin dress was worn with cute jelly sandals decorates with crystals or a midi dress in earthy colours with black lace, and lace-up boots, in a “Little House on the Prairie” kind of look.
Beckham’s celebratory collection marked the 10th anniversary of her namesake brand. The designer said that her super sleek collection was about “empowering women through fashion. All women are different, and there’s something for everybody”. And to prove her point, she chose the stunning British supermodel of the 90’s, the iconic Stella Tennant, to open her show, confirming that VB is a brand for all ages. We saw lace-trimmed slip dresses layered over slim trousers that ended in a V-shape split showing the silver or white boots, in the best mix of posh and grunge. The colours of the tailored suits and chic dresses were also as diverse as the range of her customers, orange, burgundy, red, light blue, white and black.
The British designer darling of the young royals and party-goers surprised us with several pantsuits with big shoulders typical of the 80’s silhouette. But she also presented the stunning and dreamy evening looks for which she is best known, with ruffles and pleats, beautiful colours combinations and florals she likes so much.
The London-based Serbian designer whose creations have already been displayed at the V&A and at the Design Museum also wants to empower women through fashion, but without losing the romantic femininity. She presented deconstructed trench coats and oversized blazers, wide trousers and robe-dresses in hues of saffron, terra-cotta and tan, and some beautiful gowns with velvet ribbon straps. We loved her flat evening shoes!
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