Highlights from London Fashion Week AW16

London Fashion Week ended on Tuesday and as usual the city of the river Thames provided plenty of unforgettable and inspiring moments. Sequins, ruffles and capes were some of the most seen trends on the runways. Alexander McQueen presented a marvelous and romantic collection with immaculate tailoring. Black coats and dresses decorated with pocket watches, eyes and butterflies. Show stopping gowns replete with references to the moon and the stars, unicorns, moths and eyes. The show finished with duvet outerwear adorned with marabou feathers.  Cristopher Kane showed an electric and inventive collection inspired by the idea of faded beauty.  The range was filled with textures, furs, feathers and plastic. It included silk dresses and draped tops in a sheeny floral print. Lapels of coats were pinned with brooches, badges and talismans. Ostrich feathers burst from seams of tailored jackets and from patent ankle boots.  The designer introduced monogram intarsia jumpers with a gothic K on the front which promise to be a hit. The most surprising piece:  plastic bonnets made by Stephen Jones. The show closed with tops and dresses with stripes of satin ribbon adorned with appliqué flowers.    Erdem presented a pretty and elaborated collection with the brand’s trademark florals. The range had a very historical feel and included tweed coats and pantsuits with ruffled peplums and floral embroidery.  There was also dresses with gleaming velvet and silvery fil coupé. A collection focused on craftsmanship and detail.  Mary Katrantzou showed an American ‘50s Western collection with a surfeit of color and prints. Pencil skirts, pretty blouses, boxy jackets and herringbone coats decorated with hearts. The shirt dresses came out as winners. The line had many references to Dolly Parton. The finale was a series of extravagant dresses in tulle. Peter Pilotto presented a strong and fascinating collection inspired by Nordic landscapes. The silhouette was long-line,   the color palette mostly in icy tones and there were many abstract patterns. The duo mastered the art of foiling, painting and embroidery which showed off remarkably in several pieces.  The evening gowns were stunning as well as the lurex knitwear. Burberry Prosum showcased a collection that paid homage to Britishness. A flurry of glitter trod the catwalk along with clashing patterns and textures. Outerwear played a key role and featured a plethora of covetable coats: a navy duster coat, shearling aviator jackets, duffle and trench coats which were given a twist and several snakeskin options. Caped glitter blouses and mini dresses were also part of the range complemented with patterned tights and chunky buckled boots.  Several shows had a star-studded front row. Cropped jeans, bomber jackets and eye-catchy prints were popular amongst the style crowd.

Front Row

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