fall collections, london: burberry prorsum

as one of the most anticipated collections of london fashion week, the FW11 burberry prorsum collection took bold tones & british style signatures to the next level. in a surprise twist, one of our favorite faces, ms. jourdan dunn opened the show to a roaring start in a bold orange coat, toting burberry’s signature plaid print that was incorporated into an orange handbag. the london based design label has rapidly pronounced it’s strengths & appreciation for their british heritage. in casting dunn, who is of british nationality herself, that move alone is a large statement from the label who has been a leader in fashion, not just in london, but internationally. while focusing on mod styles that slightly reference 60’s style, structure was seen in the collections coats while bold tones allowed a modernized feel throughout. beautiful plaids were seen alongside vibrant reds, orange, blue & yellow while sleek lines rules the collection this season. a stunning set of beautiful white fur was seen in the collection as hints of dalmatian print were seen. a wide range of looks was seen & structured tailoring was a headlining element of the collection. the vibrant tones that opened the collection simmered as the close focused on a monochromatic color palette which seemingly referenced a prelude to what we will see for the next season. i love the collection & applaud the work of christopher bailey, immensely. topping off greatness, jourdan also closed. superb, one of the best this fall.

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fall collections, london: antonio berrardi

as my favorite collection, thus far, at london fashion week; the antonio berrardi FW11 womenswear collection is one of undeniable style, sheer sophistication & progressive construction. with an entrance comprised of white designs & dramatized lines, i was super impressed by how innovative the berrardi label decided to go this season. use of metallics & perforated details were seen combined with classically progressive concepts. fur blend coats & monochromatic geometric color blocking concepts allowed the collection to take on greater forms of creativity, outside of the stunning aspect of exaggerated lines. beautifully constructed grey wool coats were seen in the collection, further allowing a modern feel to be represented. from white to black, the collections palette went from gray to an array of bright tones fused with metallic details as intense bouts of navy were combined with use of lace. it was complete sophistication from start to finish & i would consider this the best collection of london fashion week thus far. any designer that can touch on concepts of classical style with refined details like lace & metallics while balancing all elements perfectly is one of specialized skill. greatly demonstrated creativity was seen.

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fall collections, london: vivienne westwood red label

the crazed style vision of vivienne westwood was presented at london fashion week for fall, this time for westwood’s red label. the vivienne westwood collections always display an air of deconstructed glamour, an opposition to the clean lines & refined style we see from many other labels. as an independent creative force, the westwood red label presents feathers pants, beautifully constructed caramel toned pieces & concentrated use of print was seen. metallics were seen alongside animal print, plaid & even more minimally styled pieces that never once strayed from the distinct westwood way. i love the collection more than i have in season’s past & can always appreciate dame vivinenne’s approach to design. i often compare the westwood collections to beer-it’s an acquired  tasted. i love that our perceptions of style are challenged with her work.

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fall collections, london: matthew williamson

a beautifully executed collection was presented by matthew williamson at london fashion week for the FW11 season. a successful merge of varied concepts was seen as fur, pattern & both dark & bold tones were fused together perfectly. i loved the intricate details that were worked into the collection, allowing a complex style to become strongly represented. fur was glamorously introduced while williamson’s design signature was seen in the collections use of prints. the coats of the set were chicly decorated with pattern, an aspect i admire & applaud. with a bit of athletic inspiration, a variety of styles were intertwined this season as bohemian styles were seen with more classic silhouettes. contrast took center stage & added more depth to the collection. strong direction & well developed concepts were presented. great use of color & close attention is paid to design details.

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fall collections, london: richard nicoll

a warm palette with metallic undertones opened the FW11 collection by richard nicoll at london fashion week. coats & elongated design lines soon faded from metallic to matte as the collection progressed into even more modern pieces. a wave of soft neutrals was seen in the collection & soon those neutrals boiled to a set of orange designs that eventually hardened to glossed black pieces that closed the collection. one aspect of design that i look for during show season is cohesion- designers should approach each season with the mindset of story telling. this season, i was a bit lost with the richard nicoll label. intimately numbered in comparison to other larger fashion houses, the elements of creativity & the method of creative translation was not as on-point or clear as i would’ve liked. the fade of tones seemed forced & almost rushed with drastically different tones being meshed together in a small amount of looks. i do admire the innovation demonstrated but would like to see greater forms of development in design.

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fall collections, london: temperely london

with refined glimpses of of feminine details, the temperely london collection focuses on vintage inspired element for their FW11 collection. with rumors of possibly being involved with outfitting kate middleton for the royal wedding, elements of classical concepts are demonstrated through the collection’s strict palette & red accents. kept soft with gowns in black, white & red the collection hosts a range of looks that are based in gold undertones accented to neutral tones. overall, beautifully inspired elements were combined very well. more formal than casual, i admire the the collections strong direction & chic execution.

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