London Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

So, Fashion Week is over again for another season and we have to sit down and work out which of the four OutfitShapes was most popular with the designers this

time. The good news is that there was a great deal of variety on the catwalks in terms of shape and colour so you can be sure to find some great pieces to flatter your figure and colouring next Spring/Summer.

Caroline Charles, for example, showed a collection bursting with tropical, fruity colours in a relaxed, easy-to-wear StreamLine Style, accompanied by citrus-hued platform sandals and over-sized wicker baskets with colourful straps.

Maria Grachvogel, on the other hand, favoured sheer, wispy, LooseLine outfits in pale pastel shades or ultra-clean white. Platform sandals ruled this catwalk too but other accessories were kept to a minimum. Makeup was neutral and subdued while hair was a casual/messy plaited style.

Corrie Nielson’s show was more of an art exhibition than a fashion show with amazing, sculptural outfits, mostly in the CinchedIn Style, accompanied by huge head-pieces sitting on a nest of matted hair.

As well as the catwalk shows, Lucy and I also attended numerous presentations, exhibitions and parties (hic!). Our favourite was a combined exhibition/party at the

Aram Gallery showcasing Eley Kishimoto’s ‘Living With Pattern’ tented exhibition which included fabulously patterned platform (again) sandals designed exclusively for Clarks Shoes. A great evening with live music, free beer and the fabulously patterned fashions, shoes, ceramics and sculpture.

One to watch for the future is new designer Heohwan Simulation, who managed to combine extremely sharp, StraightUp Style tailoring with a soft, fluid, drapey feel,

His tailored silk jackets, cropped pants and belted macs were only bettered by his laser-cut leather dresses, tunics and coats. The only thing we’re not too sure about for next summer is platform sandals worn with socks… maybe give that one a miss!


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