The standout shows and emerging trends from the second day of #LFW, including House of Holland, Julien MacDonald, Hunter Originals and JW Anderson.
Faustine Steinmetz and her denim exploration
Emerging name Faustine Steinmetz continued her innovative exploration of fabric for spring 16, focusing on denim once again. Devore burn out denim created panels of frayed fabric down the legs of trousers, while handwoven cotton created a stripe with sheer sections for tops and dresses. Pleats, a growing trend spotted at several shows, came on jersey separates and even concertinaed across denim jeans.
Julien MacDonald glamorous girls and urban boys
Alongside Julien MacDonald’s signature cocktail dresses, partywear and evening gowns – this season encrusted with heavy hardware embellishment, swirling with graphic allover prints with an eastern flavour or looking glamorously grungy in webbed crochet – MacDonald introduced his first menswear range. There was a sporty, urban feel in contrast to the fancy formalwear of his women’s range, with oversized hi-lo hemmed tops edged with zips, sleeveless shirts and loose basketball shorts.
Holly Fulton is all frills
There was a Latino feel to several collections in New York and the flamenco frills of the trend also cropped up at Holly Fulton. They edged around hems on skirts and curled up thigh splits, or appeared as peplums on sleeves and cropped jackets. Fulton’s signature prints appeared in fresh formations for spring, as three dimensional applique or colourful swirling embroidery.
British festivals, the Hunter Original way
Outerwear continues to shine at Hunter. The standout coats at the festival-themed show were all rain-ready - classic macs coated in rubber for a waterproof finish, sometimes embellished with circular grommets, semi-transparent anoraks or more casual silky bomber jackets, sometimes oversized and elongated, sometimes embellished with badges or trailing ribbons.
House of Holland tropical safari
Henry Holland took us on a tropical safari for spring, with multi-pocket utility jackets, belted quilted gilets and twin-set skirt and top combos covered in the collections fun prints – namely leopard, Hawaiian florals or funky cartoon cactus plants. A jacquard with tropical fronds and an airy netted lace lent a dressier feel to full skirts and evening dresses.
JW Anderson’s mix and match eccentricity
uge leg-of-mutton sleeves, frill front peplum dresses, skimpy bralets, ruched mini dresses, knitted twin set combos, squiggle prints, coated cotton, leather – it was all there at JW Anderson and it came together in that odd, eccentric way that only designer Jonathan Anderson can make work.