The final day of #LFW spring 16 drew to a close, with highlights including Christopher Raeburn, Ashish and Marques’Almeida.
Marques’Almeida spill the frills
Fitting in with the trend for all things super feminine spotted all over London Fashion Week, there were more frills, flounces and romantic flourishes from the design duo behind Marques’Almeida, bringing a fresh softness to the label. What started as delicate sheer dress edged in floaty frills ended in all-over frilled fun on dramatic tops, skirts and dresses – although these frills had a shredded feeling to them. Signature frayed denim was worked into a super cropped jacket, a longline trench coat and tiered skirt, while the brand’s love of all things 1990s appeared again, espcailly on high neck sleeveless tops with belt fasteners around the models necks.
Christopher Raeburn soft safari
Multi-pocket utility jackets and button up shirt dresses had a sense of safari to them, giving a tailored edge to parts of the new Christopher Raeburn collection. In contrast, airy fabrics floated down the catwalk on loose slip dresses, sheer panelled wide trousers and airy see through jackets. There was also a kimono feel to many pieces that were simple but also the chicest elements of the range, with wrap front dresses that tied at the hip, or cropped into neat wrap tops worn over wide, semi-sheer trousers.
Ashish drop a glitter bomb
Ashish is known for its bold and brash embellishment and exuberant use of sequins, beading and jazzy finishes, and spring 16 is no different. There was a glittery explosion of sequins, paillettes and shimmering beading across easy, wearable shapes that will please the brand’s avid customers – like 1990s spaghetti strap slip dresses, louche oversized shirts, sporty bomber jackets and even an embellished track suit. Key was the easy, light white fabrics sprinkled with multi-coloured embellishments – a summery interpretation. Other stand out pieces included experimental denim pieces that featured oversized fabric bows or built in shoulder straps that actually came off as wearable.