From Topshop Unqiue and Pringle of Scotland to Vivienne Westwood and Danielle Romeril - Drapers rounds up the highlights from spring 16’s London Fashion Week.
Topshop Unique for girly tom boys
The opening look at Topshop Unique was tom boy dressing for sexy girls – think boxy blazer, a borrowed-from-the-boyfriend open collared shirt and some straight from a sleepover silky pyjama trousers. In contrast, there were also overtly pretty and floaty dresses that screamed femininity in all their floral beauty. And then they met, with oversized blazers layered over sheer lace prom dresses. For spring 16 you can be boyish and girlish and look good doing both.
Issa’s futuristic fabrics
When you think of Broderie anglaise, pretty romantic dresses with a vintage flair come to mind. But not at Issa, where the fabric was sent to outer space and back thanks to some interesting and innovative updates. Plastic embellishment interwoven into the fabric brought it to life across modern, forward-thinking dresses and separates.
Danielle Romeril: name to watch
An emerging name of note from the London Fashion Week schedule was Danielle Romeril. Her spring 16 collection was another example of her off kilter style and experimental use of fabric, but always done in a covetable and wearable way. This season, a floral print came sandwiched between sheer layers, creating a beautiful effect across dresses and light summer coats.
Temperley London embroidered holiday
More Latino flavours in London, this time from Alice Temperley’s Havana-influenced celebration of all things embroidered (the new season way to update print and pattern). Easy, breezy summer dresses fit for any holiday occasion appeared in all sorts of summery shapes and covered in handwork, with ruffles here and there and plunging necklines.
Vivienne Westwood shows of her signatures
Westwood stuck to what she does best this season, and she did it in the best way she has done for a while. All the signatures were there and will keep her customers happy – particularly the draped and ruched dresses and slick tailoring.
Pringle of Scotland celebrates 200 years the modern way
It was all about lightness and air at Pringle of Scotland, which celebrated 200 years in business by showing a modern collection of knitwear rather than looking back. This included airy netted knits and loose crochet that looked fresh and almost sporty, alongside contemporary silhouettes, like cut out shoulder panel jumpers – a trend to watch – and updates to signatures, like the brand’s Argyle patterns which appeared as tessellating panels of triangular fabric.
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