Wednesday, 20 February 2013

LFW Shows I Loved VS Clothes I Would Actually Wear

   London Fashion Week is over and I have nothing to distract myself with at work/university. The live shows on the LFW were such a great way to get in touch with the otherwise inaccessible shows and designers, proof that fashion can be for everyone, not just for the FROWs.

   So this post is about the shows that I thought were particularly brilliant, against the designers whose clothes I would wear myself.

   Let's start with J. W. Anderson in Shows I Loved

   The Irish designer smashed it this year with a hit collaboration with Topshop, following his genius controversial menswear collection. He's the up and coming designer on everyone's lips, winning last year's 'Emerging Talent Award' at the British Fashion Awards. 
   This fashion week he displayed a collection that mirrored his whole aesthetic that the line between menswear and womenswear should be blurred. In his own words, "Things that can be borrowed from a man to a woman and from a woman to a man."

   Agreed. Check my post earlier today with me in my boyfriend's denim shirt. On the other hand, I doubt very much that my boyfriend would be prepared to go out wearing my dresses. Neither would they fit him.

   Here's a few photos of J.W. Anderson's brilliant AW13 womenswear collection:

   Out of this collection I would probably wear the long cherry red (coat?) with the front split and high neck line, and the tops from the third images down.

House of Holland in Clothes I Would Actually Wear

   The established Henry Holland loves his loud prints and bold colours, and didn't disappoint this week with a collection of bright apparel that summed up the hand-in-hand concepts of wearable style and pop culture.

    However, this collection didn't seem fresh and new for me. It was rather, without seeming offensive, a round up of everything we've seen before. I much preferred his SS12 collection of pastel colours and whimsical prints, or even his SS13 pre-collection of vivid stripes that really brought out the fun in his designs.

   I would wear a handful or two of the designs from this week's AW13 show, just because they're ridiculously wearable I've always loved the shapes Holland creates. However I would only feel like I'm wearing something particularly special with a small few of the pieces.

Moschino Cheap and Chic in Clothes I Would Actually Wear

   Last Saturday we saw Moschino Cheap and Chic show a set of monochrome pieces with flashes of colour, considerably differing from their AW12 collection which saw a palette barely even hinting to the word 'black'.

   Yes, Moschino's Cheap and Chic division has always created wearable clothes. However, I find it somewhat hard to see a visible relationship between the clothes and the brand. It seems difficult to pinpoint what their ethos is.

   The jackets from the AW13 collection were a stroke of genius, with bursts of plumage, leopard print and coats covered in large handwritten fonts that look suspiciously like Louis Vuitton's graffiti collection, but still appear stylish.

   Some of the peices, however, looked more Peacocks than polished, with a polka dot design that just didn't float with the rest of the collection.

   So these are the pieces that I particularly favour:

Eudon Choi in Shows I Loved AND Clothes I Would Actually Wear

   You might have seen my post on the fabulous Eudon Choi show earlier this week - if not, the link is here.

   I don't think I really need to explain the awesomeness of this collection. it was everything I love about fashion rolled into one: brilliantly strong shapes, a mix of feminine and masculine, bold flashes of colour and, of course, floral crowns. 

   I put Eudon Choi in both categories because I would wear almost all of his pieces and I would absolutely love wearing them!

   If you didn't see the photos from my last post, I've posted some more below.

Ashley Williams for Fashion East in Shows I Loved

   Recently graduated from Westminster Uni, the 24 year old designer has racked up a reputation as a rising star in the world of British fashion with her fun pop looks worn by Rihanna and Rita Ora.

   Her AW13 collection featured stuffed animals, fluffy collars and shawls and Elvis Presley's face plastered on sleek shifts - an eclectic nod to pop-culture, you might say. However, the cheery clothes aren't a reflection on the designer, who assumes a more withdrawn disposition. Apparently, in her own words, Williams is "a borderline hoarder" and her whimsical prints come from everyday objects like old wrapping paper.

   Here are some of the pieces from her collection that I thought were excellently planned and well-executed, but unfortunately they're not quite my style.


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