It's been a whirlwind week of wild colour and pretty prints - here, we present the standout looks from the last two days of London Fashion Week (so you don't have to)
When the first four days of London Fashion Week threw explosive colour, prints and patterns at us, and yesterday saw Burberry get creative with lace and military details, what was left for the final two days of runway shows? The answer, in short, was a lot.
Thanks to their LVMH prize win earlier this year, many eyes are now turned to young design duo Marques'Almeida. Known for deconstructionist approach to denim, the label's S/S '16 collection toyed with a distressed opulence vibe. Think: sheer diaphanous dresses with flesh-baring cutouts, trailing ruffles on dresses and tops, and - not surprisingly - a series of denim redux looks more daring than the previous.
Antonio Berardi always designs for a glamorous woman in mind and this season was no exception. With florals, baroque detailing, floor-sweeping asymmetrical hems and sheer fabric taking hold, there was a lot going on, but there was much to like in some of Berardi's quieter moments.
Erdem's use of florals is, well, expected by now, but this season he brought a Little House on the Prairie-meets-Victoriana vibe to the catwalk. The designer explained it as "prairie madness" and you could see the kind of off-kilter puritan pull to his collection - sweet florals, high necklines and ruffles juxtaposed with daring cutouts, cropped tops and shoulder-baring dresses. While not totally stitched up nor overtly sexy, instead his dresses (in muted shades of grey, berry, powder blue and yellow) flirted between the two extremes.
It's no secret London designers are mad for colour, but if anyone can lay claim to an obsession with rainbow brights, it has to be Christopher Kane. The designer stayed true to his neon signature, this time presenting an array of art-inspired looks. Some pieces appeared paint splattered, while sheer multi-coloured lace, fringing and jagged fabric cutouts featured on patchworked dresses that ranged from elegant to cartoonish.
For the past few seasons Peter Pilotto has ditched the digi-print aesthetic that made him famous and his latest collection continued this trend, presenting a soft and ethereal series of looks. While midi and below-the-knee hemlines reigned supreme, they were kept sexy with deep side splits and sheer lace and chiffon fabrications. The peek-a-boo shoulders trend seen at New York Fashion week also reared its head - we're tipping shoulders to be the next show-off body part (making a nice change from the more unforgiving midriff-baring crop).
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