Giles and Julien Macdonald brought London Fashion Week back to life last night with triumphant and super sexy showings of bondage leather and gothic princesses while Burberry, as expected, showed a collection almost entirely made up of outerwear.
At yesterday’s Burberry Prorsum show, the excitement was palpable but the autumn 11 range itself was rather hit and miss. Creative director Christopher Bailey opened the show with a selection of vivid bright coats inspired by 1960s Jean Shrimpton in shades of red, orange, green and blue. And the coats never stopped coming albeit in a vast range of silhouettes from the classic trench, bubble-shaped backs, oversized cocoons and bracelet sleeves styles.
He also explored bright shades with black as checks but the effect was one which could be easily copyable by the high street.
Better were Bailey’s fur-trimmed military styles, which stood out as the potential next big shearling story and some green tweed flared trouser suits. His patent or tartan collared coats were also of interest.
Shoes were wedge platform pointed beetle creepers while Bailey’s bags were probably the biggest highlight if you discount the spectacular indoor snow storm which swirled around the models at the finale.
Meanwhile Giles was yesterday’s show of the day with the designer showcasing fresco print dresses, peplum waists, cropped corsetry and feather and leather gowns, all with a Victoriana slant.
At Julien Macdonald, the designer was influenced by Spring 11 Alexander McQueen, with brocades and gold embellishment and a serious gothic vibe. Velvet and sheer fabrics were key as was pleating.
Today, you can see the following catwalks live:
|14:45||Emilio de la Morena||BFC Show Space|
|16:45||Amanda Wakely||BFC Show Space|
|18:45||Ashish||BFC Show Space|