We look forward to London Fashion Week the most as it’s always full of surprises and emerging talent. There was a noticeably dark and moody edge to the fall collections this season, with hints of rebellion and quirk that we can love and appreciate:
Markus Lupfer: There was an undeniably delightful 70s disco vibe to Markus Lupfer’s fall collection that felt subdued enough where it didn’t feel too literal but rather, very very wearable. Head to toe, we wanted it all: velvet and pleated metallic lurex skirts, corduroy coats and capes, hand embroidered and sequined floral motifs, and metal lip and star studded leather coats and suede boots.
Toga: Japanese designer Yasuko Furuta first piqued our attention a series of coats, from her 2015 fall collection, that featured an internal cross body sash that allowed them to be slung off one shoulder. She was onto something there and we were onto some mad talent. This season, it was the futuristic and glam/punk details that got us excited: a gold lurex lined military coat, a ruffled organza slip peeking out from a belted knit dress, denim flares with silver studded hems, and fur mufflers attached to the body with leather straps. Clever, clever . . .
Mulberry: We love the edgy makeover Mulberry received this season under the helm of a new creative director and former accessories designer at Céline, Johnny Coca. Popish flowers were splattered over oversized parkas, knit dresses were finished with skin bearing fish net cutouts and contrast stitching made felted wool military style coats feel young and fresh. And of course, the accessories stood up to their expectations with platform creepers and boxy handbags, contrasted with colorful leathers, python and heavy metal chains.
Whistles: There really wasn’t one item from Whistles’ fall collection that we didn’t wish we were wearing right now: cropped wool flared pants, tweed trousers with deep side slits, patchwork fur coats and one smart bouclé trench . . . tangible wardrobe pieces for sure.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi: Gothic, romantic, Victorian, 70s rock ‘n’ roll . . . Preen’s fall collection was a moody mashup of velvety, ruffled, tartan heavy, and sequined textures. We loved the daring nature of it all – and definitely taking home some styling notes like crystal embellishments wrapped around flat ankle boots and thick black head scarves tied around the neck and then wrapped around the crown in a messy bow.