September 18, 2012

Best Of London Fashion Week (II)

New York Fashion Week is over and now it’s time for a new set of designers to dazzle you with their creations for next season, Fashion avec Passion is here to bring you the most spectacular shows from London Fashion Week:

Matthew Williamson

Designer Matthew Williamson chose to draw inspiration for his signature Spring/Summer 2013 collection from his early fashion days, in particular his first prêt-à-porter collection, Electronic Angels, presented in 1997.

Thus, the runway was filled with colour, splashed on looks reminiscent of far-away India, a land of formation for the designer. The prints and intricate embroidery evoked the atmosphere of the Holi festival, which celebrates the arrival of spring, as well as reminding of popular Indian outfits and colourful traditional tapestries.

A highlight of the collection was the footwear, given that the spring season will be Williamson’s first in designing shoes. The sky-high platform sandals are sure to become a hit among fashionistas worldwide come spring.

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Without abandoning her usual punk flair, present in all of her collections, Vivienne Weestwood created for her Red Label collection a series of more demeure and romantic looks than the ones we’re accustomed to.

Evoking the times of austerity from when she was young, Westwood brought the 50s onto the runway with her sharp pantsuits, her below-the-knee skirts and dresses and the cocktail dresses with giant pearls, reflecting the time when consumerism hadn’t yet taken over fashion.

Mary Katrantzou

Fascinated by the fantastical story of old currency and stamps, now on the brink of vanishing altogether, due to the increasing popularity of web mail and of the individual currency of each country, Mary Katrantzou used the two elements as inspiration for her elaborate graphic prints for her Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

Shirt-dresses, A-line silhouettes and straight-cut trousers were all embellished with prints reminiscent of the graphic symbols of paper money and stamps.

The show ended with a set of one-of-a-kind outfits, in which metallic brocade and Swarovski crystals were perfectly matched for a glamorous effect.

Paul Smith

For his signature Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Paul Smith focused on the idea of colour-blocking. Long, breezy dresses with airy silhouettes, sensual pleated skirts with strategic slits on both sides, high-waist pants with a distinctly masculine, yet sexy air, cropped above the ankles, pyjama-shirts – all covered in a cascade of colours in well-defined blocks. Here and there, small blocks of ditsy floral prints offered the looks an extra touch on femininity.

To watch the rest of the shows at London Fashion Week, check out Best Of London Fashion Week (I) and Best Of London Fashion Week (III)!

Photos courtesy of: c-heads.com, style.com