Florals & Colour
London Fashion Week Fall 2019 Ready to Wear brought us colour above all else – something which has been amiss in fashion for a while now. So much vibrant colour of all different shades. London Fashion Week is known best for its roster of quirky and artistic designers with the likes of Christopher Kane, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and new addition David Quinn. This season we’re looking at a few highlights from LFW. Main trends include the use of colour, experimenting with different shapes and plays on classic styling and a return to the millennium.
The eleven year old girl in me is squealing at this Christopher Kane collection. For those of you who are not familiar we have a lingerie store in Canada called LaSenza (very similar to and recently bought out by Victoria’s Secret). Anyway – when I was in elementary school circa 1999/2000 the brand created a juniors store called La Senza Gril – which did sell lingerie for girls (little training bra & underwear sets, where most girls, myself included bought they’re first bra), but they also had fashion for girls. Everything was very millennium – spaghetti strap tops, sparkles, pastels & clear plastic accessories. This collection from Christopher Kane is very reminiscent of that era and my first real foray into fashion & branding & gaining an identity through personal style. So, this collection is making me feel all of the feelings and I’m enjoying every single second of it.
ALEXACHUNG‘s Fall 2019 RTW collection was full of bright yellows and daisies. Alexa is known for her very wearable collections, nearly everything could be plucked right off the runway & ready to wear, as the collections state. These looks are young, fresh with a hint of ’90’s nostalgia.
Each season we’re seeing more and more ruffles & I am glad to accept them. Designers are continuing to get more creative in the execution of said ruffle. Be it the full dresses, or over exaggerated coming down the runway at Marc Jacobs, or this incredible take at Mary Katrantzou. A ruff beginning quite traditionally at the neck, then falling down the off-sideclosure of the jacket and wrapping around the bottom.
The devil is in the details at Erdem Fall RTW. Not particularly wearable, but the beautiful black veil lined with a satin ribbon is so beautiful & the neckline of the dress, which then lends itself to a gorgeous 1960’s pleat downt he front, so flattering. I was initially drawn into the white dress by the black velvet bows down the front, however this is a look we’ve seen before. What got me was the use of layers in the skirting to create a gorgeous feminine silhouette. The black roses help as well. Finally the skirt on the end – the cut outs to reveal the black lace underneath, outlined with black velvet.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
If you want mixed textures and fabrics Preen by Thornton Bregazzi does it best. Such simple and delightful changes to basic pieces, like a sequined LBD with a lace gathering, or geometric lines on the lace skirts & dresses.
Richard Quinn‘s secret garden came to LFW. For his third season he brought us dazzling florals, layered over his signature liquid leather leggings and cat suits. His innovative and unique shapes and silhouettes are a welcome addition to the runway, Richard Quinn is one of the designers leading the way in exaggeration – over sized bows, next level baby doll dresses & a tulle bouffant. It’s so refreshing to see a young, new designer changing the landscape of the runway rather than regurgitating the styles they’ve grown up on.
My favourite part of Fashion Month, aside from discovering new designers is picking out my favourite pieces and trends among the labels. I look forward to seeing which of these will inevitably trickle down to high street. I like to put together looks in my mind from the pieces on the runway and when lines are released for the season see if I can find the pieces to complete them. From LFW Fall 2019 I’m most looking forward to the return of black sequins (I want a beret!), more cupcake dresses like Christopher Kane & David Quinn and to injecting a bit more colour into my wardrobe. Toronto is notorious for being very practical with our sense of style and wearing primarily muted colours – I’m particularly guilty of wearing too much black. I’m really hoping to see this turn around a bit and make fashion a bit more interesting with more mixing of colours, prints and textures. Which trends from LFW are you most excited to wear come Fall 2019?