London Fashion Week: Fall 2014’s top 5 trends
We’ve just wrapped another stellar round of London Fashion Week and it has just solidified that the British designers have made a huge impact globally with their prestigious labels, creativity and innovative approach to fashion. Here are some of the top trends developing from the Fall 2014 collections:
Luxe is one word that comes to mind for Fall 2014 at London Fashion Week. This season, there has been an overwhelming use of lush fabrics, unexpected technique and a new level of intricacy in almost every collection. Decorative art was the theme at Burberry Prorsum, where Christopher Bailey took his well known aesthetic to the next level by hand painting pieces and personalizing accessories for each model on the runway (their initials were on each of the finale ponchos). Both John Rocha and Simone Rocha used sculpture and laser cuts in their pieces.
Mary Katrantzou showed mindblowing Greek-inspired dresses that looked as though been delicately assembled together by string. Jonathan Saunders and Roksanda Ilincic also had 3D dresses made up of laser cutouts almost resembling layered leaves, while Erdem‘s collection had numerous dresses that look like they were constructed from a reinterpreted lace-like fabric. Christopher Kane finished his show with a grouping of ethereal mega-folded organza dresses that caused a gasp in the room when the first one came out. To boot, many designers opted to use multiple techniques in one garment creating unbelievable visual impact.
This is another trend we have really seen over the last few seasons and it’s not going anywhere. In fact, it just keeps getting bigger and bolder. Nearly every major collection this week had some form of bling to it. At Mary Katrantzou, pieces were so intricately and cleverly embellished that they looked like big colourful embroidered badges. Christopher Kane, Roksanda Ilincic and Peter Pilotto also seem to have committed themselves to this growing trend in their Fall 2014 collections. All three of these influencers cleverly used some form of appliqués (beading, embroideries or sequins) to add a textural element to an already interesting silhouette.
Whether cropped or full length, nearly every collection had a version of a men’s style slouchy pant. Often paired with a loafer or flat there is something sexy about this silhouette (although I can bet that nearly every man would argue otherwise). Pringle of Scotland, Topshop and Paul Smith all had their own versions but I have to say the cropped ones were amongst my favourites.
Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto and Burberry all showed bold and colourful pieces in their collections, breathing new life into familiar shapes. Christopher Kane also followed suit, using neon yellow and pastel pink throughout, while Tom Ford used red as an accent colour to a mostly black collection.
The pointy shoe
Ladies, pull those pointy pumps back out because Fall 2014 looks like a pump-plenty season. Notice how shoes are often modified every season—just enough to make you feel like you need to buy new ones? Well I have to say the classic, regular, traditional, pointy, basic stiletto looks like it has made a strong comeback. Pringle of Scotland, Jonathan Saunders and Marios Schwab all featured their own take on a basic pointy pump. And for those who favour things more down to earth, we spotted pointy flats on the Fall 2014 runways as well, which were often the product of a collaboration with British designer Nicholas Kirkwood.