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Posts for September 15th 2013
It was a garden party for sure at Matthew Williamson, where the designer's Spring 2014 collection featured floral prints and ladylike silhouettes by the bushel (or bouquet). Reds were broken up by white and splashes of blue, and blossoms grew both big and small. There was a touch of another dimension, too, with daisies popping up and out on skirts and bomber jackets.
It wasn't all about flower power, though; graphic swirls of blue or black with white made a showing, and the animal planet was likewise represented. Dragonflies hummed over dresses and trousers, and a print that reminded this reviewer of abstract koi fish was also to be found on separates. Clearly, it's a party open to all.
When you think of Mary Katrantzou, if prints aren't the first thing that come to mind, color most certainly is. At the label's Spring 2014 runway show in London today, the designer reasserted her signature with an about-face from Fall's somber palette and a finale that walked to the upbeat tune of The Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow."
Katrantzou's models were certainly like a rainbow in piecework floral patterns of neon purple, fluorescent green, electric blue, acid yellow, and the hottest of pinks — often embellished with Swarovski crystals for maximum impact. Lest these aspects be missed, there were ruffles, too, as well as rhinestones, faux leather and lacing, ribbons, and bubble silhouettes so voluminous that they could (nearly!) rival those vibrant prints for attention.
There's no mistaking it — Topshop Unique is a high-street label that attracts a high-fashion crew. The proof is both on the runway and in the crowd, where you'll find Cara Delevingne on the catwalk and Kate Moss, Ashley Madekwe, and Anna Wintour queued up front row to see just what the cool-girl dress code will look like next season.
For Spring 2014, that look is a quirky, '70s-feeling garden-party girl who doesn't shy away from a statement hue or a little sparkle — but doesn't do "party dresses" or pumps. It's a lineup of juxtapositions that make it so cool (and so wearable); on the one hand, you have a beautifully embroidered peplum top, but it's paired with boyfriend jeans and leather sandals. Sportier cuts, boxy pullovers and ponchos, and breezy chambray gets the perfect counter with ankle-wrap gladiator heels, the kind of contrasts that add up to a killer downtown girl's wardrobe. And, since this girl doesn't do glitz, her dresses are, like Jourdan Dunn showed us, an easy, sexier-cut maxi dress that could take you day to night or dusted in bright embellishments and finished with flat sandals à la Cara's final look.
If you've always associated the clad-in-black femme fatale with L'Wren Scott, the designer is urging you to reconsider for Spring 2014. The noir shade was present, but the colors that left more of an impact were the tomato reds, sunshine yellows, and crisp whites accented with the lilac and green of hanging wisteria vibes.
If you're getting the sense that her sexy lady has moved out of the nightclub and into the garden, you'd be right — and a Japanese one at that. Obi belts and stacked platforms reminded the viewer of a sexy geisha, while kimono sleeves and slit trains toyed with aspects of her traditional dress. The label has made the siren warmer and less threatening, though just as powerfully sensual.
The Spring 2014 runway show for Mulberry marked the last for creative director Emma Hill, who presented her final collection after six years helming the brand. And, with it, she pulled out all the stops. First, there was Cara Delevingne kicking off the show (with her first London Fashion Week walk of the season), and then there was Turbo, the label's British bulldog, wearing a floral overcoat. And, of course, there were the many contenders for It-bag status, namely the reversible clutches that have made Mulberry a household name in the UK. (If you haven't envied the Bayswater or the Alexa, the handbag named for Alexa Chung, you better do a Google Images search, stat.) We already miss Hill's quirky-cool aesthetic — this time with loose-fitting '60s-style shift dresses in fun textured florals — and wish her well on her next adventure.
London Fashion Week's third day kicked off with a visit to the Natural History Museum for a colorful collection from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. LFW's Spring 2014 shade of choice — pink — was here in abundance (it even lit up the entrance to the catwalk), but we also saw lots of white, blue, and gray along rainbow geometric prints, sometimes in block color, other times broken up by shattered florals. Raincoats were the surprise highlight of the collection, in printed plastics and futuristic foil, while origami-folded dresses in bright prints or spaghetti-strap slips in white and pink offered a modern way to dress for cocktail hour.
The day we've been waiting for has finally arrived! It's time to shop — both in-store and online — one of the most anticipated Target collaborations yet: 3.1 Phillip Lim. Have yet to decide on your shopping strategy? Not to worry: you can see each and every piece here.
Most of the items fall between $20 and $75, with bags for both men and women priced under $60. Leather jackets for men and women are around $300. Best of luck! We have a feeling it'll sell out fast.