From poppies at Erdem, red roses at Prada, and dandelions at Christopher Kane, the runways were in full bloom for spring and summer as floral prints came out to play en masse.
Springtime means only one thing on the sartorial calendar: florals, and lots of them. The s/s 12 runways were awash with decorative and whimsical patterns on lace and organza, ushering in the new season’s buzzwords: gorgeous girlieness. The look was defiantly pretty, with beaded and applique numbers at Moschino Cheap and Chic and Prada. Gorgeous floral stickers lay under organza sheaths at Christopher Kane whilst sunflowers sat on tulle at Rodarte.
I love London Fashion Week because it is so very different from the other fashion weeks. It isn’t very commercial or overly frou-frou. It just seems like the designers in London are more experimental. Maybe they are having more fun? I don’t know what it is, but I do find London fashion to be more fun, daring, and exciting. How do you feel about London fashion? Look at these designers and give me your take on them. Do you know of some other designers? Let me know. Photos from Style.com.
Erdem is one of my favorite international brands. Erdem Moralioglu always seems to design fantastic clothes that I think don’t get enough coverage stateside. The prints and detailing on his dresses have officially blown my mind. I would love to go to one of his shows so I can see the garments up close and personal. They always look so beautiful.
Roksanda Ilincic’s collection reminded me of the 70s; which is on trend because the 70s are back. The flowing fabrics, wide leg pants, and turbans reminded me of the pictures I’ve studied from the disco era. It was a good solid collection. I would like to see more of her clothes in America as well.
Mary Katrantzou’s collection was full of graphic prints and shapes. I wonder why designers in America don’t experiment more with these kinds of prints. Her clothes always remind me of what it must be like in a graphic designers head. Her garments feature a trompe l’oeil efffect. See if you can spot the interiors on the clothes.
Fashion Week is still going strong in London. Milan Fashion Week will start in a few days. Until then, let me tell you about a few shows that I think really caught my eye. The Eley Kishimoto show seemed really interesting. A lot of the clothes were brightly colored and had lots of patterns. It was a very fun looking collection. Clements Ribeiro’s collection looked to be more toned down than the Kishimoto show at first glance. Then you notice the embellished fabrics, paisley prints, marbleized blouses, and decorated boots. I really loved the sweaters that were far from plain. Roksanda Ilincic’s collection was really beautiful. It was full of wool, fur, satin, and draping. I love all of those things, but it takes skill to be able to pull it together. The clothes in this collection reminded me of the movie Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. At first I thought I would not like the Erdem collection, because everyone was raving about it on Twitter, but I was surprised. It was really good. The colors were swirled around into this pattern that reminded me of a butterfly or some tropical fish. There were also long and short dresses. That shows a good bit of variety. Photos are from London Fashion Week.