Today is the final day of London Fashion Week, but definitely not one to skip, with designers Simon Rocha, Meadham Kirchhoff, Anya Hindmarch and Fashion East all showing. But for now, it’s still all about yesterday’s penultimate shows; Burberry Prorsum – possibly one of the most iconic British labels this country has – and Christopher Kane, always a notoriously exclusive show from this Scottish born, London based designer. These two shows couldn’t have been more different, and yet were two of the most memorable from the day, each one giving us a reason to be proud of the British fashion industry.
Firstly, it was the turn of designer Christopher Kane in the morning, who showed at 180 The Strand. His somewhat mix-matched collection of origami inspired paper-thin chiffon layered dresses, ribbon-armed structured shifts, cropped tailoring and patent bomber jackets was inspiring, and represented the obvious twists and turns the designer’s thought process took. But instead of refining his inspiration, what resulted was a beautifully presented collection of lots of individually exquisite pieces; with just the right amount of biker-toughness from the collection’s black, sharp edges, and strong femininity through the pastel pinks and soft neon greens. Not only did this collection showcase a myriad of work, with pieces we could be picking for different occasions all winter long, it also debut Kane’s first foray into a handbag line. The bags were mainly cute, miniature even, and in luxurious structured leathers; with detailing alluding to his debut clothing collection back in 2007 with those neon belt clasps that we hadn’t forgotten about.
Then came Burberry, Christopher Bailey showing his Burberry Prorsum range on the brands usual high calibre model line-up, but this year’s show read like the who’s-who of it girls of the moment. Joining Cara Delevingne were Suki Waterhouse, Jourdan Dunn, Sam Rollinson, Malaika Firth and Edie Campbell. This season, different to Bailey’s usual strict, structured array of trenches and cover-ups, AW14-15 was all about loose, flowing and languid lines in watercolour pastel brush strokes and scarves loosely belting draped coats. Sheepskin of course featured in the way of two short jackets; belted at the waist and painted with those watercolour florals, updated for a new take on the classic shearling flying jacket. Out first were the watercolours that reflected London’s scity skape skyline, but a turn in the collection showed colours becoming darker, more vibrant, and featured teal, warm reds and decadent golden orange, almost making us think of a Turkish Bazaar. This led the collection on to more draped outerwear, but heavier this time; and the only length to wear was clearly midi, with coats in long lengths, belted over sheer lace midi skirts and dresses – so keep that midi skirt in your wardrobe all year round – you’ll be needing it!