London Fashion Week: autumn/winter 2012/13 collections day 4

Peter Pilotto, Antonio Berardi and Pringle of Scotland all kicked off with trend led pieces on day 4 of London Fashion Week.

MCQ AUTUMN/WINTER 2012/13 COLLECTION

Erdem followed with his colourful collection showing off super soft leather which could have easily been mistaken for tweed and silk. Lace overlays on tops, jackets and dresses were also a huge inspiration for the designer while colour clashes on cap sleeved tops and soft tulip shaped skirts were vivid, vibrant and fun for a harsh winter day. His palette consisted of purple, black, blue, yellow, cream, green and turquoise with a hint fuchsia.

Next up was the hotly anticipated showing by Burberry, which did not disappoint. Chief creative officer Christopher Bailey watched from behind the scenes as FROW guests such as Will.i.am, Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and actress Kate Bosworth were packed in before the show started. the range itself was quirky, fun and different to what Bailey has shown before. All extremely wearable and want-able this cute woodland inspired collection consisted of owl and bird print motifs on tee shirts and jumpers some emblazoned with sequins. There was also a selection of peplum style padded jackets, striped skirts with billowing blouses and cute soft leather bow belts which cinched in all waists. Menswear was dapper and very quintessential with fabulous duck head umbrellas on show. To end the show (although it was dry outside) Bailey made it ran over the roof of the glass house he had constructed in Hyde Park just to show his collection, as models opened umbrella’s and walked down a runway of fake paper rain inside.

Although some spectacular showings the day had to end on a high with McQ and for next season designer Sarah Burton (who had brought the diffusion line back to London this season to show) created a dark eery forest in which press, buyers and private clients sat above a floor drenched in crisp autumnal leaves.

The collection itself was extremely wearable, edgy yet chic and obviously a lot more affordable than the mainline Alexander McQueen label. For men there was Gestapo style creations with militant green suits, ties and jackets as well as plastic pvc coats and stark black tailoring. Womenswear was slightly less formal; there were still military style coats however softer hues and tartan check a-line coats which led to beautiful evening wear of rich berry red velvet dresses alongside floral layered prom dresses.

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