It raises the bar high for other cities and at the same time pushes everyone to innovate. To be impactful and memorable, the collection itself is not enough. It is all about the universe you create around it. So what were the most impactful shows I had the chance to witness?
If fashion is a language, Ashish Gupta's Spring Summer 17 collection at London Fashion Week spoke of multi-cultural defiance in reaction to the post-Brexit toxic anti-immigrant sentiment and violence reverberating throughout Britain and more broadly, much of the western world.
I have put together styling ideas of what to wear to London Fashion Week for you to be able to make an outfit your own. I do hope you are able to take these ideas and make them into your own unique style.
'Fashion tech' and wearables are often described as solutions looking for a problem. The fashion industry is, paradoxically, resistant to change, while science and technology exist to pose and answer questions and catalyse change.
What makes a good design? What makes a great designer? Does it have anything to do with taste? Does it matter? The question I prefer to ask is how does the designer's work make me feel? What does it inspire in me? If the answer is nothing, then subjectively, it's not for me.
London Fashion Week might have ended but we got close and personal with the most stylish fashionistas during the week. They do say the best place to scout new styles and trends are at London Fashion Week.
As I mentioned in my post last season, London Fashion Week is usually something I love and loathe with equal intensity. However, this time round I absolutely loved everything about it, perhaps because I was more organised.
Bags don't necessarily demand a live show or presentation, I guess, and a presenting a film is a chance to carefully control the branding of the erm, brand. Already stocked at Net-a-porter, Harrods, Selfridges amongst others, I bet they'll sell bags of bags!
Black is eternal and you could never get it wrong. It suits better women with dark features than the light ones. Black is elegant, chic and sexy. So wear black in lace to showcase your sexiness, in voile to unleash your elegance, see through prints to let loose of your daring attitude or in long fringe like a modern flapper.
There are many, many other ways that we, the Greater Normal Public (GNP), can adopt and interpret the more wearable trends for Autumn/Winter. And what a delectable choice we have. From the stunning sequins of Preen to the gorgeous gowns of Emilia Wickstead; the drop-dead swoony dresses of Daks to the endless hipsta ensembles of Isa Arfen.
Having worked at the fashion coalface for over 15 years, as a photographer, PR and writer, I now balance on the edge of the bubble, peeping in. I advise retail clients on how to respond to their customers changing needs.
Don't wear any clothes that match EVER at fashion week. Street cool aims for a look akin to that petulant six year old on the tube whose exhausted mother allowed her to wear her Disney 'Frozen' dress over her dungarees because she wouldn't stop screaming.