Six of the Best Highlights from London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019
Posted on September 19 2018
London is a melting pot of global influence and at no time is this more evident than during London Fashion Week, held every February (Autumn Winter) and every September (Spring Summer) in the capital. London Fashion Week differs from Paris, New York and Milan in so far as it fuses the old and the new. With its unique fashion heritage, and peerless history, coupled with edgy up and coming stars, London Fashion is seen by many as THE industry hot ticket.
This year we experienced the best of British fashion, we celebrated a ten-year anniversary, we saw an industry debut for Alexa Chung, applauded the old and the new at Burberry, and we saw new Vogue editor Edward Enninful, making his first appearance at LFW Spring Summer.
- Vogue Editor makes his debut at his first SS London Fashion Week
Edward Enninful, the first black editor of Vogue, and the first ever male editor, took over from departing Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman in November 2017. Although he attended LFW in February (Autumn Winter), this is the first Spring Summer LFW he has attended as Editor. Enninful has so far proved to be a popular choice with readers and critics alike and as Editor of what is arguably the Bible of the Fashion Industry, his presence at the show is fundamental.
- Best of British Mk I: Victoria Beckham’s brand turns ten
Edward Enninful was orchestral in showcasing Victoria Beckham in Vogue to coincide with the tenth anniversary of her brand and, remarkably, her debut at London Fashion Week. With the Beckhams in the FROW: David, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper, the former Spice Girl showed that she has both talent and staying power in a collection that impressed. With relaxed-fit skirts, dresses and jackets, Beckham also introduced an extra-long close fit trouser with a split for shoes, creating a leg lengthening illusion that’s sure to be imitated.
- Best of British Mk II: Alexa Chung launches her fashion brand at London Fashion Week.
Model, presenter and influencer Alexa Chung has long been a darling of the fashion press and it seemed almost inevitable that she would take the step into designing. Her collection was lauded for its easy and immediate wearability, with fluid slip dresses, dungarees, capes and jumpsuits: following the ready to wear tag to the letter.
- Best of British Mk III: Vivienne Westwood
Continuing the androgynous look that became a leitmotif in London this year, Westwood remains the perennial iconoclast, and she is still protesting. Her theme this year is anti-consumerism. Showcasing the shirt and vest (what could be more British?) Westwood sticks to one constant classic shape that has barely changed in four centuries, surrounding her models with broken technology to drive the point home. The shirt is in stripes, colour blocks and angry graffiti. Westwood has played it safe with shapes and thrown convention out of the window with texture, pattern and slogans.
- New Head at Burberry mixes the old and the new
Over at Burberry, Riccardo Tisci is now at the helm and anticipation was high. The bedrock British heritage brand presented clean lines, elegance and a less-is-more look that even reached hair and make-up (headed up by the legendary Pat McGrath). With messy buns and an emphasis on lips or eyes, but never both, there was a hint of a certain modern Duchess about the simplicity and elegance that was sent out onto the catwalk. Alongside plain colour block shirts in muted taupes and simple shapes such as pencil skirts and pleats, the perennial trench coat was there, as ever: an icon they dare not stop making. Each year, Burberry has a twist on it. This year it was the cummerbund, the duster coat and of course, the classic, untampered-with original.
- Nineties Victoriana at Erdem
Erdem is a brand beloved by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, and it’s easy to see why. With a combination of whimsy, craftsmanship and good, old fashioned aesthetics, this season’s collection combined the oppression of Victorian times with the freedom of the caring, sharing 1990s. With lashings of lace in hems and at sleeves, and gender crossing styles (models were male and female and it was pointedly not made clear which), Erdem celebrated a genderless anything-goes accord with full length duster coats and skirts, boxy suits, veils, netting and sheer panels. Flashes of pink, green and sorbet colours added pleasing touches of Spring colour.
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