Hi, Threadies! I’m back with another review of fashion week, and this week we will be focusing on London! Overall, I must say, I think London Fashion Week was pretty dismal. I was not very impressed with the designs coming down the runway, and something interesting to think about is how little major fashion labels show in London as opposed to Milan and Paris. New York also doesn’t have as many, but I’m fairly impressed with the work of many of the designers that show there. Here’s a look back at my favorite designers and designs from across the pond.
Victoria Beckham was formerly known as a member of the Spice Girls; now she’s known as a fashion and style icon. Launching a fashion label is a big risk, and one could argue that Beckham pathed the way in 2008 for pop stars now to form their own fashion brands. Victoria Beckham is known for her minimal aesthetic, catering toward the contemporary woman. This runway was as elegant as Beckham herself, with a cute horror addition. I’m obsessed with the skeletal belts, and I think they’re a cool juxtaposition to the very preppy looking designs. The cut-outs, specifically the diamond ones in many of the clothes, are a chic way of showing some skin and a smart way of showing underlying patterns. Although Beckham’s label has been financially struggling recently, this runway showcases why she became such a household name.
Christopher Kane is known for being a creative designer, and Vogue called him “fashion’s Willy Wonka.” For this collection, he used a favorite staple of his: lots of lace. Many of the designs used triangular patterns, shapes, and graphics imposed as “the eye of God.” Kane shared that, “the triangle is the most powerful, strongest shape in nature.” Although these creations stand on their own, including powerful imagery and meaning to a collection makes it that much more enticing. It’s always refreshing to see a designer play with a concept in tangible forms. I’m obsessed with the smart use of lace meshed with the shiny fabrics of the dresses.
I first learned of Burberry through my favorite tech company, Apple. This is because Apple is known for making tech a must-have fashion accessory, and they brought on Angela Ahrendts to sell the Apple Watch. Long story short, Ahrendts was the former CEO of Burberry, and she is largely responsible for the resurgence of the brand, loved by artists like Billie Eilish, Cara Delevingne, and, of course, the Queen of England. Famous for its checkered pattern and trench coats, Burberry is a brand that fully represents and embodies what it means to be British in a post-Brexit world.
Margaret Howell has been working in the fashion industry successfully for decades. Margaret has described her style as, “understated quality, updated modern classics.” This collection is a reflection of her self description; it is very understated and leaves only the most basic essentials. With all these brands competing to be revolutionary and innovative, there’s something comfortable about a woman who understands the basics of design and is brave enough to put just that down the runway. All of these looks have a timeliness to them that I appreciate. As this is the first time I am learning of this designer, I plan to look back and see what has led her to this point.
Temperley London is designed by Alice Temperley, and this collection was inspired by dance. If someone sees the correlation, please shoot me a DM on social media and explain. All that aside, I think this line really shows off a feminine sophistication. The leather jumpsuit is super cute, and I really love the decorative stitching underneath. I think designing in velvet can potentially look really cheap like Forever 21, H&M, and virtually any other fast fashion brand has shown us, but the tailoring here is an example of it done right. I really think she did a great job on this collection, and I am excited to see more from her in the future.
(All images sourced from Vogue Runway)