Matthew Williamson, Vivienne Westwood and Julien Macdonald were the headline designers at London Fashion Week yesterday, with the trio delivering impressive collections in keeping with their signature looks.
Williamson’s models strutted down the catwalk showing off the designer’s classic, feminine dresses – pretty, draped one-shoulder or sexy backless styles in bold colours or bright prints.
But the stronger emphasis on tailoring from last season continued into autumn 10 with a collection of trousers that stood out from the rest. Slim-cut leather and suede patchwork trousers were teamed with short, structured jackets with large, flapping lapels. Harem pants were also on display.
Texture was key to Williamson’s autumn 10 collection, as jacket sleeves and shoulders were lined with fur, and leather found its way on dresses and trousers as an all over finish.
At Vivienne Westwood, whose Red Label show was held at The Royal Courts of Justice, the designer kicked off her show with a specially designed T-shirt called Vital Statistics at the request of model Naomi Campbell for charity Fashion for Relief.
Elsewhere, the collection featured a strong outwear collection with ankle-length coats with large, flapping lapels and structured shoulders, and shorter, fitted jackets with huge collars.
The dresses were possibly the most commercial, with off-the-shoulder, ruched styles, sweetheart body-con or simple, black draped versions.
At Julien Macdonald, the designer went back to his knitwear roots with the chunkiest knits seen so far at LFW this season. Jackets, jumpers and coats were so thick and cosy that they were accessorised with just knee-high boots, reinforcing that knitwear as outerwear will be a big trend for autumn 10.
In stark contrast to the winter knits, were flimsy, spiderweb-like dresses – those in pink and black could have easily been mistaken for nightwear - while the midnight blue and black versions were teamed with jackets and offered more cover-up.
LFW ends on Tuesday with the menswear day taking place on Wednesday.
All the catwalks shown at Somerset House this season were filmed live. View the collections here.