The pouring rain couldn’t hold back the F&F team when London Fashion Week landed this Friday. In fact, we felt quite proud of the weather’s soggy welcome once British Fashion Council chair Natalie Massenet had said it beat sunny New York by providing the fash pack with the opportunity to don some of those shiny new AW13 trends.
First to the catwalks, however, were the new SS14 looks that lifted our spirits.
Bora Aksu’s collection was the perfect place to begin – transporting us to sunnier skies with his Mediterranean colour schemes of cheerful pinks and glowing yellows. The crochet detailing and geometric lace that overlaid many of his creations signalled a return to his Turkish roots for inspiration.
Lush botanical prints stole the show at Eudon Choi while a more military-inspired theme ruled at Christopher Raeburn with navy, beige and white colour schemes. Features such as drawstring waists and oversized pockets perpetuated the utility theme he’s so well-known for.
Hair and makeup-wise, nineties-inspired blue winged eyeshadow popped at Pearce Fionda while Daks brought us ballet-inspired beauty with neat buns wrapped in leather ribbon.
We spotted some of the season’s hottest looks in the crowds; from an abundance of grunge-inspired tartan to eye-catching leather detailing – particularly on skirts and skinny trouser where the fabric was worn in panels for a rocky but wearable look. The fashionistas’ footwear of choice? Chunky shoe boots reigned: an ideal choice given the drab weather.
The crowds also set to work proving that pastels not only work in autumn/winter, they’re the perfect choice for a more feminine approach to the colder months. We spotted coats in pretty sorbet pink shades and elegant tan heels.
Those grungy checks should stay at the forefront of our wardrobes as we head for summer too: the trend made its way down the runway at Daks in the form of flowing maxi dresses – a bold mix of elegance and grunge that is sure to earn them a lot of respect among those looking for alternatives to the usual feminine floaty dresses come SS14.