LFW recap: an explosion of colour and print from Britain’s brightest
It's day four of London fashion week already (yes, really), so we get you up to speed on what you've missed
One of the things we love most about London Fashion Week is the sense of creativity and vibrancy that seems to spring from its top designers. Perhaps the grey skies and gloomy weather inspires a stronger sense of imagination, because there's always a riot of colour, print and anything-goes attitude that comes careening off the runway at London Fashion Week.
Topshop Unique didn't just attract a smattering of Britain's favourite It-girls (Alexa Chung, Cressida Bonas and Suki Waterhouse), but provided an entire collection made of cool-girl staples perfectly poised for layering, such as furry coats, button-downs, rolled-up sleeved blazer and chunky boyfriend-style cricket vests. Also evident were floaty dresses with delicate flower prints - a trend extended and blown up to maximum effect at Mary Katrantzou. The designer's folk-ish florals may have had a gypsy vibe, but there was also an element of the celestial about some of the out-of-this-world fabrications and 3D ruffles.
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While peaches and mustard tones opened the Emilia Wickstead show, the designer closed with bold '50s-style florals in perfectly clashing tones of orange and blue. Further afield, House of Holland took its influences from the Johnny Depp drug vehicle Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, presenting a typically eclectic show packed with patchworked floral and animal prints, safari suits and bright primary colours. Oh yeah, and bucket hats, of course - a direct nod to the acid trippy stylings of Fear and Loathing's central character Raoul Duke.
Jonathan Saunders also got heavily into print, in a grown-up collection of sleek bias cut slip and kimono-style dresses and easy-wear separates. With virtually no black in sight, it was a joyous rainbow-coloured collection of panelled prints and textures. Lastly, J.W. Anderson went all out in a collection of quirky pieces with balloon sleeves, skimpy bralets, lots of ruffled detail and swirling prints.
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