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Front row style blogger Susie Bubble takes us through a jam-packed Day 2 of London Fashion Week, featuring shows from both very talented emerging and very talented established designers!
Jam packed is an understatement for the weekend that ensued. Whilst the city was leisurely enjoying their weekend, London Fashion Week swung into full speed with a lot of the international press arriving for Saturday’s shows and black cab drivers grumbling about us ‘fashion lot’ demanding ridiculous routes/detours. I end up feeling so apologetic, I tip slightly more than usual.
The day began with a pretty William Morris-esque print at Clements Ribeiro, a print duo that are stalwarts in London and are so assured in their print designing.
The big breakthrough story of the day belonged to J.W. Anderson and it happened to be his 27th birthday too. It’s mind boggling how young this Northern Irish designer is and how many leaps and bounds he’s come in a few seasons. For S/S 12, craft meets machine in this texture-heavy, high-contrast collection where new and old meet in unexpected ways.
This is especially evident in a pair of loafers mixed with air-sole trainers made in collaboration with Aldo.
Craig Lawrence was also someone who came up trumps. Previously his knitwear has always been a bit renegade for some. I may not mind having strands of kyototex yarn trailing the ground and coming away loose but others were looking for something more refined and neatened up and that’s exactly what they got from his collection this time round. Somehow from Martin Parr’s cheeky photos of us ‘Poms’ getting red on a beach, Lawrence derived these beautiful shell, rose-gold shimmery tones that he worked into elongated silhouettes.
You can always count on House of Holland for a cute riff of a theme. This time it was punk and it went pastel bright with checks, latex and enlarged leopard featuring in Hyperglobal colours (remember those tees that were supposed to change colour in reaction to body heat?)
John Rocha is something of a British design legend. He flies under the radar most of the time but he really is an underrated fashion hero. Abbey Lee Kershaw perfectly encapsulates that dark romance that is brimming in Rocha’s raffia laden dresses.
It was then off to Jonathan Saunders for what was a stunner of a show in a beautifully modern office block in Paddington. Saunders is like a weird fine wine and seems to get better with age. Every season, I think it’s his best season yet and then he manages to outdo himself. Delicate Miami shades infiltrate his collection this time with prints that are well-travelled. It’s the colour combinations and the acknowledgement of a looser silhouette that will get us going for the summer.