LFW Round Up Day 2

Today’s round up includes Mulberry, Pringle of Scotland, Preen, Matthew Williamson, and Mary Katrantzou.

PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND LFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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How do you keep a line known for the classics current? Experiment with 3-D printing technology of course.  That’s just what Pringle of Scotland did for its Fall/Winter 2014 collection.  Wardrobe staples in a palette of neutrals were taken from traditional to tech-savy with 3-D printed sculptural details adding texture and interest and lending an organic feel to the crisp cuts. From start to finish the collection showed knitwear pieces that embodied Pringle’s signature minimalism and understated elegance, with luxé clean lines and tops emblazoned with the label’s iconic regal lion.  Shapes stayed simple, with gently flared peplums, car coats and longline cozy cardigans and the perfect go-to slouchy trouser.  Bold orange accents, black and white colorblocking and pieces mized and matched with textural interest and embellishments kept the collection classic yet contemporary.  For a label with such a longstanding history, Pringle continues to reinvent itself and stay relevant.

– Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter @sarahbertness

 

MULBERRY LFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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In much anticipated fashion, Mulberry revealed its collaboration with none other than the star of their ad campaigns, Cara Delevingne, at Claridge’s on Sunday and if there’s one thing we’ve learned about the ‘It Girl’ (besides her love for her Homies) it’s to expect the unexpected. The carelessly cool model, who has proved she’s just as comfortable sharing camera-time with wild animals as she is with her fellow super models, can now add handbag designer to her range. When nearly everything she touches turns to gold, its no surprise that the fashion house ran with Cara’s ideas in a matter of months. Available in three sizes and numerous color ways, the Cara bag is stylistically Mulberry in shape, yet characteristically Cara in its versatility. Convertible straps take the handbag from day to night—or backpack to top handle—in a matter of seconds. With fashion now favoring convenience more so than ever before, it’s refreshing to see a brand committed to functionality as it relates to handbag design and construction.

If the collection is anywhere near as popular as its muse, there’s no fighting its potential for success. After all, the fashion house’s past collaboration with Alexa Chung garnered a waitlist longer than that of a crocodile Birkin. Need we say more?

By Sara Micelotta

Sara Micelotta is a New York-based contributor with a background in fashion public relations, marketing and event production. Follow her shopping and dining trips on instagram @saramicelotta

 

PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI LFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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From fur-flaunting parkas, to the futuristic tessellating prints and of course those five head-to-toe blood orange looks to, Preen design team Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi managed to meld an array of styles, cuts, and design elements into a dynamic collection that seamlessly flowed together and felt utterly now.  With a little unexpected inspiration from the dark side (first Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker at Rodarte and now Darth Vadar’s helmet silkscreened on blouses after blouse, the force is strong this fashion season), Preen’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection had everything from sleek suiting to the most ladylike drop waist lace dresses and boho-chic flowing silky skirts boldly layered under shorter, fitted solid skirts.  Mix and match grayscale geometric prints popped with blood orange and emerald green accents, and from silks to sheers to sheens, much of the collection had a glossy glow to it.  Preen brought the ease and indulgence of the seventies lightyears into the future, delivering on statement wear for the fashion risk taker who unashamedly turns heads and is always a step ahead. Ever a fan of the unexpected, Preen F/W 2014 was all about eclectic elegance.  The question is will it be the geometric, wing-sleeved or the metallic mint green fur hooded parka?  I pick both.

– Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter @sarahbertness

 

MARY KATRANTZOU LFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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For the first time Mary Katrantzou showed an entire collection without one of her signature digital prints. It is a new chapter for the designer who is looking to grow and develop her creativity. Her inspiration for the collection was the power of signs and symbols. She took sportsman letters, Boy Scout badges, and men’s room symbols and wove them together to create adorable mini dresses in simple silhouettes. Her cocktail dresses incorporated silk pleats and shimmering metallics in python prints. Overall the collection was refreshing and beautiful.

 

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON LFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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Matthew Williamson’s collection mixed of his love for the 1970’s, the career woman, and a touch of boho. With the exception of some prim outerwear, these were looks better suited for Studio 54 then the office. The designer embellished pieces with crystals and colored fur. The final look was a long sparking black and white gown that matched the runway. This was the first collection for newly appointed head of design Danielle Scutt.

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