Today’s round up includes Belstaff, Markus Lupfer, and Emilia Wickstead.
BELSTAFF LFW FALL/WINTER 2014
Calling all Fashion Week-goers to attention, Belstaff’s latest offering had military stamped all over it. From the muted khaki green button-up jackets to the war-reminiscent, oven-mitt-style gloves, grunge was the aim of the Fall game. Long coats and chunky boots weren’t all the designer had to offer though – midi skirts, accents of plaid and shearling were incorporated into the predominantly dark looks. This season, the collection was all about layers. Thick wool coats, gloves and bulky satchels, exposing just a hint of chest through a black sheer top. Suitably booted and ready for colder months, this collection rejected fuss and went full-steam ahead with strong simplicity.
MARKUS LUPFER LFW FALL/WINTER 2014
How many ways do we love ML? Let us just count the different styles, prints and attitudes in his fall show. We were taken back to an early London, with fancy-free, grey shift dresses – some covered in big black polka dots (VERY Twiggy, thank you very much). Workwear with a relaxed, every day feel. There was plenty of tartan, too. Dresses finished off with a bows, followed by bomber jackets grunged down with androgynous collars. Motif sweaters completed the laid back, Brit-cool vibe. As for colour? It came in accents or muted tones, such as a pastel woolly polo neck. Yet again Lupfer has refreshed everyday basics with his simplistic, relevant touch.
EMILIA WICKSTEAD LFW FALL/WINTER 2014
Looking at Emilia Wickstead’s collection, you’d be forgiven for thinking that she’d taken you back to the days of yesteryear. Think wrist-length gloves and full-skirted dresses, buttoned to the very modest collar. But the Central Saint Martins graduate had more up her sleeve than nostalgic shapes. Every garment had been updated; the gloves were black leather, and the full-skirted dress, in a snake print. There was a surprising mix of form and flow in her collection, too. One minute an unmistakably fitted white jumpsuit, and the next, a cream, low-cut midi slip, flying around the ankles. Predictability was far from the designer’s game, in terms of texture, colour, print and shape