See the highlights of this season’s London Fashion Week’s A/W’17 shows, including Temperley London, Daks, Roland Mouret and Pringle of Scotland…
Everywhere from accessories details to fastening on corsets and jackets, black grosgrain ribbons were tied up all over the shows this season. Both Temperley London and Emilia Wickstead styled the hair for their shows with black ribbon bows, making this childhood favourite relevant again for A/W’17. This is an easy way to update your look next season.
Seen at Mulberry, Preen, Erdem, Roksanda, Mary Katranzou and Roland Mouret, purple in every shade from indigo to pale parma violets, will replace this season’s pink. Hill & Friends’s A/W’17 presentation also injected a bright and fun feast for the eyes, with bags in shades of magenta, oxblood and bright green. Clashing colours are encouraged.
This durable winter fabric is never far away for the autumn/winter season. Daks, Mary Katrantzou, Mulberry, Preen and Maison Makarem all showed tweed in different and wearable looks. Team with gingham and bold colours for a more modern take on the look.
Dame Natalie Massenet, The Chairman of the British Fashion Council, spoke at the press opening of London Fashion Week about the state of the fashion industry:
‘It’s an understatement to say we are living in a time of great upheaval. Our industry is developing see-now-buy-now, the merging of men’s and women’s shows, and the pull of some brands to show at couture weeks. We are in the midst of radical change of how we reach an audience. Designers have the gift of the internet and social media and e-commerce. We are also seeing seismic political changes, not just here, but in the US and throughout Europe. Change can be hard sometimes, but in a time of extraordinary innovation, we will thrive. Encouraging creatives to be creative innovators is a must for future success. I encourage designers to be bold in courage and design and also bold in business.’
Christopher Bailey at Burberry certainly made a bold statement with his A/W’17 finale, with each model sporting a cape or shoulder piece of some sort, whether in chainmail, knit or lace. Knitwear, technical fabrics and velvet were strong at Pringle of Scotland, Preen, Burberry and Julien Mcdonald.
Roland Mouret made a return to LFW for his twentieth anniversary as a designer. Hosted at The National Theatre, the show was glamorous and celebrated the best of Mouret’s 20 years’ experience, with great tailoring, detailed embroidery and classic pieces.
Pantone’s Nicoll Blue
Pantone issued a new shade of blue in memory of fashion designer Richard Nicoll, at the start of LFW. Richard died suddenly in October 2016 at the age of 39. His friend Roksanda paid tribute (above) to Nicoll in her A/W’17 show, with her first look in the new pale blue colour.