Runway roundup: London Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2013
In the years that I’ve
obsessed over observed Fashion Month from afar, I’ve come to ask different things of each week: from New York, downtown tough girl fierceness and practicality; from Milan, sensuality and sleek lines; from Paris, romance and unbridled luxury. Where does that leave London? Well, with the kooky eccentricity the Brits do best. I don’t necessarily seek out the wearable or the work-appropriate at LFW, because—why would you? There is a special kind of whimsy pervasive in the London shows, and this season was no different.
Many writers and critics have commented amply on the punk influence at London this season, so I hardly see the need to exhaust it further. I will say I was a fan of it generally (because flouncy dresses and skirts are much better with some creepers any day), as well as the sci-fi mood picked up in a few collections. Beyond references, London is a great place to look for crazy prints, which is my story from last week. From Christopher Kane’s blue-tinted camouflage and three-dimensional flowers to Holly Fulton’s pop art pieces, there were a lot of moments when I could deconstruct the looks and imagine them punctuating my wardrobe as statement pieces—sometimes, if your funds are limited, I find it’s most satisfying to splurge on something that loudly proclaims its uniqueness. Though, in the case of Mulberry and Nicole Farhi, those pieces stood out by virtue of how much I’d wear them; for the record, I’d wear every one of the pieces in those collections, all the time.
Up next: Milan.
(All photos courtesy of STYLE.com)