Despite the wind and rain London looked particularly enchanting last week. Not only has it been London Fashion Week but also the BAFTAs and the Brit awards, meaning that there were a host of distinguished faces and stylish power dressing in town. My favorite actor Christian Bale was in town, who usually prefers to keep away from the limelight off the big screen. Fashion Week saw some of the most well known and respected British heritage brands take to the runway.
Vivienne Westwood’s models were wearing the signature tartan, coupled with short and wide top hats, cultivating in the past some of the more outlandish designs, this time the clothes projected privilege and adventure – an English Anna Karenina if you will – and a sprinkling of heritage alongside the urban punk of Westwood Red. Glamorous heavy fur coats, ladylike pencil suits and headscarves.. mixed within these pieces there were some wearable outfits, with court shoes and pearls that have had me eyeing those from Mesenso.com ever since.
At the end of the show, Dame Vivienne graced the catwalk and took a bow – arm in arm with her granddaughter Cora Corre.
Going in a completely different direction were the London label Preen who summed up their current look as ‘Hot sci-fi geek.’ Having taken inspiration from 1970s pop culture, Storm Troopers could be found about the Preen dressing rooms and Darth Vader was printed across some of the models' chests. It's worth noting that Star Wars was the first film Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi ever saw at the cinema.
A celebration of 120 years of Daks with a traditional British set up, which included Bear Skin, beefeater like hats!
I particularly liked the shoes with the pony hair element
With military fabric, there is a great abundance of things that never get used. For me, the excitement and the enjoyment come from reusing an original item and making something wearable. That’s what drives me. Christopher Raeburn
Holly Fulton + Markus Lupfer Jumpers
I like a good quirky sweatshirt jumper! With art deco motifs and Lupfer cafe.
A cobalt blue bow-detail dress and knitted cape.
Fyodar + Nasir Mazhar
Ridonkulously oodles of craftsmanship went into this.
Crisp an clean wearable pieces, taking inspiration from the textured wilderness of Dartmoor in Devon, the windswept environment is reflected in the use of pony-skin and Mongolian furs.
Photo's courtesy of Fashionsing + Sonny Vandevelde Photos + Showstudio