Colorful fur jackets were very popular this winter but this trend went step further and next year we will be seeing a lot of colorful patchwork and vivid prints on fur. Miuccia Prada even made some printed fur coats for the summer, but we have seen more of this at fall/winter shows. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, well known for his artistic prints on clothes, used them on fur this time, while Altuzarra, Aquilano Rimondi and Daks have shown us interesting patterns printed on fur.
Patchwork is definitely a huge trend for fall/winter 2014 and we have seen some beautiful coats made from colorful patches at Phillip Lim, Roksanda Ilincic and Topshop Unique. Prada’s latest collection includes some leather coats with fur trimmings in vivid colors, while Vercase and Dolce&Gabbana designed some amazing fur coats in bright red which look incredibly warm.
When it comes to street style at London Fashion Week it is never just about trends but also about that quirky British style, UK designers and never-ending rain. It is not at all surprising that there are so many eccentric designs at London Fashion Week catwalks when you see what the fashion crowds are wearing. They will actually buy all of it.
From Poppy Delevingne in Erdem dress to Alexa Chung rocking the heart printed Burberry bag, see modXchange’s favorite street style looks from London Fashion Week:
London Fashion Week always surprises us with funny and quirky designs and crazy accessories. It didn’t disappoint us this year since we saw very eccentric accessories from furry royal guard hats by Daks and ruffled headpieces by John Rocha to Burberry personalized blankets.
Christopher Bailey’s accessories were an absolute hit. He showed us a brand new way to wear a printed scarf and painted bags, boots and belts with flower motifs. He also designed some amazing kilim inspired totes and shocked us with a range of colorful blankets with woven initials of models.
Towards the end of week we saw Anya Hindmarch show with kooky bags inspired by British products such as Ariel washing powder, Swan matches, Custard Cream biscuits and even bags of crisps. It was her witty answer to logomania trend which is going to be very popular this year, but there are some cute logotype-free handbags too.
When it comes to shoes, there were plenty of imaginative designs from Emilio de la Morena’s open toe velvet shoes to Sophia Webster colorful heels.
Christopher Bailey’s fall/winter collection for Burberry is a continuation of his pre-fall for women and fall/winter menswear range that we have seen in January. There are a lot of beautiful winter florals printed on scarves and dresses, but also painted on sheepskin. They are paired with colorful carpet totes, painted leather boots and hand bags.
Warm winter scarves are worn in a brand new way: casually thrown around the neck and pinched at the waist with painted belts. There were layers of fabrics with clashing prints and patterns floating around the body and it all looked very relaxed and chic. We have also seen a number of matching menswear outfits, and a series of personalized blankets with initials of models at the end of the show.
With Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Edie Campbell, Matilda Lowther, Malaika Firth, Charlotte Wiggins and Sam Rollinson walking down the catwalk, it was a truly spectacular show and the front row was packed with celebrities from Anna Wintour to Harry Styles and Bradley Cooper who was there to support his girlfriend Suki Waterhouse.
Mulberry canceled showing of their fall/winter collection, but only to stage a presentation of Cara Delvingne’s collection of bags at Claridges during London Fashion Week. Collaboration started immediately after Delevingne casually mentioned that she would like to design a bag for the brand while posing for their spring/summer 2014 campaign. The Mulberry team started working with her immediately.
The key concept behind The Mulberry Cara Delevingne Collection was creating bags that can be worn in all occasions. The result is a collection of three models of handbags bags in three different sizes which have straps and can be worn as backpacks or carried on the shoulder. This clever patent was never used before and it allows you to have one single bag that can be worn in three different ways to match both day and evening outfits.
After the presentation at Claridges Delvingne said that she was happy to design her Mulberry bags rather than just putting her name on somebody else’s creation. She confessed that the first bag she ever had was Mulberry Edie. “Before that it was always fabric bags from India. I loved that bag and wore it to death”, she said.
After Rodarte show in New York last week, we have seen Star Wars prints in London too. It seems to be a global trend this season, but it is also the first film Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi saw in the cinema and hence prints of Darth Vader’s masks on dresses and tops.
The collection is all about 1970-s and androgynous look, but there are also some beautiful loose-fitted romantic dresses. It is also influenced by Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, another film that premiered in 1977. Bright colors, sci-fi prints, colored fur, lace and metallic colors were all blended together and the result is a very appealing.
Even without fun, eye-catching prints and collage appliqués, Holly Fulton’s collection would still be very appealing. It is the choice of fabrics as well as colors and of course her tailoring that makes it so special. Her day coats, pleated skirts and silk dresses in sky blue, soft pink, beige, ocher, silver and black are perfectly structured and elegant.
However, kooky prints and hand-stitched appliqués are so alluring that they overshadowed everything else. She printed her own manicured hands and boots from this very collection on coats and dresses and it looked cool and funny at the same time. She also used gingko leaves and exclamation marks as motifs for her Art Deco print designs, but gigantic images of hands squeezing old mobile phones, key rings and small handbags were absolutely stunning. “My hands are very important to me, I work with them”, Fulton explained her obsession and admitted that she once had a dream to become a hand model.