We’re already on day 4 of London Fashion Week, having started on Friday, and there’s already plenty to talk about. From Hunter’s debut on the catwalk thanks to new creative director Alasdhair Willis, to Cara Delevingne’s foray into designing – with Mulberry no less – adding it-bag creator to her expanding talents.
Saturday saw one of the most well known and respected British heritage brands take to the runway and present its first collection for London Fashion Week. Hunter, known and loved by many for their wellingtons, are as ever present at every festival over the summer, as they are on devoted outdoorsy types all year round, so the brand already has definite fashion credentials behind it. So it seemed appropriate that it’s new creative director – Alasdhair Willis – should choose this season, the wettest season, to debut at Fashion Week. The models, which stomped down a water-way, showed a collection that extended from wellington boots to outerwear and bags; from utility style duffle coats for men and women, to waterproof ponchos and trenches and padded parkers in striking metallic pewter. Primary colours took center stage, whilst greens and blacks made for staple colours of the collection, reflecting the traditional boot colours. And the wellington boots? Well they were short, high, heeled and flat, in greens, blacks, red and THAT aubergine pair… With matching bucket bags and slouchy leather clutches, we can see this collection adorning the feet, shoulders and torsos of festival goers all summer long.
Then it was Sunday, and one of the most anticipated shows London Fashion Week has come to know. Topshop Unique, despite it’s high-street presence and short time showing at Fashion Week, had a front row to rival Karl Largerfeld’s Chanel show; Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Lottie Moss, Daisy Lowe and newcomer to the fashion week circle, Kendall Jenner. The Collection was all about shoulders; sophisticated coats with belted waists in an array of yellow jacquard and dusty blues were draped off models shoulders non-nonchalantly, and prom style dresses were strapless or sheer up top. This un-fussy, young styling, paired with easy layering created by cropped jumpers in faux shearling, and padded bomber jackets, reflected how the unkempt Topshop girl might wear the pieces, adding mighty appeal to the collection. Key pieces included the sheer nude and black midi skirted prom dress and that fuzzy, fluffy faux shearling belted coat in patchwork warm neutrals and reds.
Day 4 brings even more of Britain’s finest to Fashion Week; starting with Whistles, Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane and Giles, so stay tuned in with the Clothes Line to keep up to date!