The womenswear events at London Fashion Week closed yesterday with a strong final line-up of collections led by print guru Mary Katrantzou and a beautifully revived Aquascutum collection.
Aquascutum design director Jo Sykes showed a collection of British heritage-inspired long coats, double-layered cullottes, striped-side trousers and tunic tops in her debut catwalk collection for the label, which is owned by British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman.
Standout pieces included overcoats with exagerrated collars styles with quilted gilets over the top, trousers suits with ankle skimming bottoms, long line waistcoats, a buttermilk patch pocket shirt and wraparound kilt-like mini skirts.
The colour palette included soft blue/grey and off-white mixed with bright orange, seemingly a colour of choice for designers in London, plus khaki green. This was a definite highlight of London’s fashion proceedings this season.
Meanwhile over at Mary Katrantzou there was a riot of colour and print in what was a triumphant, if not immediately autumnal-looking, collection. Katrantzou managed to knit delicate Fabergé egg-like intricate patterns into tops and leggings (that’s some serious skill even for machine knitting), while also showcasing the delightful printed lampshade-style skirts and sculpted dresses for which she is better known in a sort of homage to antique Oriental cermaics .