LFW ROUND UP DAY 3

Today’s round up includes Antonio Berardi, Whistles, Erdem, Burberry, Peter Pilotto, Tom Ford, Mother of Pearl and Anya Hindmarch.

ANTONIO BERADI LFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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Antonio Beradi has notched up his girl this season. She’s slicker, sexier and grungier. She loves her glamorous, inky palette of black, but that’s not to say she’s waving au revoirto rich tones of emerald and magenta either. While the designer may label this collection as a “drive towards minimalism”, we can think of many more ways it’s drive out of minimalism instead – not that it came to any disappointment, as his intended architectural elements took center stage. Take the ruffles, peplum and bell-shaped sleeves an example, or the details coming from embellishments, embroidery and exposed zips, and even a fiddle with varying textures such as satin, wool and self-painted chains. And, of course, the shoes weren’t to be missed – stunningly little luxuries from Beradi’s capsule collection with Rupert Sanderson.

Bio: Unsah Malik is a London-based fashion and lifestyle journalist specializing in digital and online content. If she isn’t researching on the latest trends, you can find her tweeting at @unsahmalik. 

 

WHISTLES LFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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Whistles is one hot UK brand. It has the ability to work the runway as well as it works the high-street. In fact, most of the fashion-savvy crowds found walking around Somerset House (LFW’s main stop) are probably being snapped for street-style photography in their latest Whistles coat, or at the very least, proudly treasure something they own from the brand. So, what can we expect from their A/W 2014 collection? A mixture of some heavenly winter fix with oversized coats coming in both checkered prints and fur, chunky and snug knits, a revamp for your work wardrobe with the trademark tailored pants and skirts, and some unique evening pieces too – such as the pleat-inserted skirt printed with geometrical shapes in aquatic colors.

Bio: Unsah Malik is a London-based fashion and lifestyle journalist specializing in digital and online content. If she isn’t researching on the latest trends, you can find her tweeting at @unsahmalik. 

 

ERDEM LFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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Erdem came red-carpet ready for his A/W 2014 show yesterday, with his chosen location, London’s The Old Selfridges Hotel, to partially thank. Sticking to his rule of ensuring every little detail counts, this collection is made for those who esteem the finer things in life – which was made notable from the first two looks and onwards; velvet black dresses with intricate laser cutouts that then moved to subdued gold versions before some show-stopping coats, such as the short-sleeved shearling with appliqués and the croc-printed patent leather (which looked equally good on dresses too). The gold reappeared later on in the collection with a little cutout shoulder dress almost merging in with floral prints – which was simply a stunner – and soon after joined with other pops of metallic colors too – such as ruby and silver-blues.

Bio: Unsah Malik is a London-based fashion and lifestyle journalist specializing in digital and online content. If she isn’t researching on the latest trends, you can find her tweeting at @unsahmalik.

 

PETER PILOTTO LFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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Ever dreamed of being a Russian empress? Well, the models sporting Peter Pilotto’s collection this LFW didn’t have to dream. The first section of the show was dedicated to luxe, warmth and wow. Think bright blue furry sleeves on a heritage, deep maroon and black patterned coat.Heavy numbers up top, including a party of polo necks. It wasn’t long before the elegant shapes were introduced. From origami midi dresses in the most regal of blues, complete with sporadic black waist panel, to clusters of red, white and black on flowing silks and chiffons. Of course, PP’s signature penchant for print was, well, printed all of this collection. Clashing prints were a no-brainer. The designer went out of his usual comfort zone with primary colour geometric shapes, not all too dissimilar to 80s woolly sweaters.

By Sarah Kwong

 

TOM FORD LFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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He’s one of the most likeable designers around but likeable wasn’t the key ingredient to his successful Fall collection. No, that was just down tothe Tom Ford genius. Withknee-length black dresses, accessorised with little leather V’s in the collar, and slouchy black polo necks, the collection had a dark, gothic feel to it – thanks, in part, to the models’ poker straight hair, liberal use of eye layer and pale faces. It wouldn’t be a Ford show without something risqué, be it the colour or fabric – or in this case, both. A shiny red snakeskin two-piece, with cowgirl strings in the collar, and matching red boots was just one of the sexy, stylistic outfits Ford put forward. There was plenty of tailoring, in a variety of textures, from fur to velvet, and apart from his fondness for black, there was no real running pattern or theme throughout the collection. As unpredictable as the man himself.

By Sarah Kwong

 

MOTHER OF PEARL LFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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Stunning and effortlessly elegant, Mother of Pearl’s offering comprised of a myriad of William Morris-like all-over-prints, a decadent nod to the European continent and just a hint of androgyny. Founder Maia Norman and creative director Amy Powney chose to début the line on London’s catwalks this season, rather than their typical showroom set-up – a move applauded by their loyal following of industry insiders and international customers alike.

Clean simple lines were key here, often combined for boyish layering options. Turtles necks were worn under blocky t-shirts whilst ankle socks were teamed with chunky loafers and pumps. Sharp collars were a focal point, seen buttoned-up on shirts and dress coats, encrusted in bejewelled embellishments. In-between the clean lines and basic separates, a few more feminine touches were seen in placement prints full of flourishes, flora and fauna, plus, in sleeves that frilled at the elbow and seams that puckered in all the right places.

By Sarah-Leigh Wade-Bunting

 

BURBERRY PRORSUM LFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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Kensington Gardens played host this season to Burberry Prorsum’s fall/winter show. Continuing the theme from January’s menswear offering, sheepskin and oversized carpet bags were just two of the most covetable items. Abstract all-over-prints using watercolour or chalky effects provided the overarching theme whilst layering, cinched at the waist concluded what effortless styling should look like come autumn.

Outerwear was of course a focal point, seen in flowing cropped capes and trenches with fuller skirts than usual, overlaid with giant printed scarves. A particular highlight was a geometric coat, almost dressing-gown-like in appearance, in a cream, maroon and black. Overall, the look was more relaxed, with swathes of soft fabric dancing down the runway. Silhouettes were feminine with sweet tea dresses and lace layers providing an infinite amount of outfit options in this season’s capsule wardrobe from the British power house.

By Sarah-Leigh Wade-Bunting

 

ANYA HINDMARCH LFW FALL/WINTER 2014

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This season accessories designer Anya Hindmarch paid homage to just a few of the characters and brands that us Brits have grown up on. Tony the Tiger from the well known Frosties cereal from Kelloggs, Ariel washing powder and even Rich Tea biscuits were used as motifs printed on leather shoppers, clutches and a new line of scarves.

The collection was just a little reminiscent of pop art, with bold primary colours and boxy shapes. Detail was served as cute tassels swinging from bags, seen petite on clutches and outsize on totes and satchels. Our particular highlight included metallic box clutches at the end, shaped to resemble the traditional British Custard Cream and Bourbon biscuits, followed by a more relaxed shapes on a silver or gold chain, created of course to mirror a good old packet of chips.

By Sarah-Leigh

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