London Fashion Week kicked off on September 18 this past Friday, showcasing some of Great Britain’s most talented designers. Catwalk shows include British designers such as Paul Costelloe, Headonism, Bora Aksu, Danielle Scutt, and Vivienne Westwood. As with any pre-season fashion show, London Fashion Week also includes a fashion shopping weekend on September 24 through 27, and all kinds of surprise appearances from London society at the shows. London Fashion Week continues until Tuesday, September 22. Here are five different designers who showed their wares at the fashion week:
Basso and Brooke rely upon a full color palette for their fashions, with garments look like they have been hand painted and tie dyed for dresses, pants, shirts, and jackets. These clothes are for ladies who love wearing artistic clothing with a flair. My favorite appears in slide #12, with a Paul Gauguin style print in bright colors and clean lines around each form. Slide #13 has several tiers in the dress that looks like a tulip garden with its bright, cheerful colors. A few solid colors appear too, in jackets like the one in slides #15 and 16. Basso and Brooke will have no trouble getting their clientele to purchase these garments in the spring 2010 season.
Burberry Prorsum has Christopher Bailey as its creative fashion director. He has received numerous awards for his designs from the British Fashion Awards association. For spring, lots of black, gray, and white in what can be considered traditional British punk fashions dominate the collection. Both men and women also have casual designs made just for them, so it is no wonder Burberry is such a ubiquitous name in British fashion. The ladies casual suit in slide #14 is great for the office and wearing at home. Look for dresses like the one in slides #22 and 23 for simple, everyday wear.
Emilio de la Morena is from Spain, but calls Great Britain his home for fashion design. He attended the London College of Fashion and creates very dainty, feminine fashions that are simple in design. Dresses, blouses and skirts can be combined, mixed, have your favorite accessories added for a whole new look. The soft pink dress in slide #7 is my favorite in the collection, with the multicolored dress in slide #10 being a close second. These are the kind of fashions young women like to wear for their ease in fit and stylish lines.
Josh Goot is a resident of Australia but has been showing his collections at London Fashion Week for several seasons now. Many of the clothes in his spring collection are bright and abstract in print, with a touch of punk to them. Lots of blues with orange, black, red and purple form the patterns. Many of the patterns remind me of minerals in their raw forms, shining in the sunlight before they are tumbled and polished to perfection. My favorites in the collection are the dresses in slides #7, 8, and 11.
Matthew Williamson is a Manchester native, attending the Central St. Martins College in London for his fashion design training. Matthew is a talented designer, using a full palette with tie dyed patterns in a punk fashion that has the influence of the 1960’s. Slide #5 has a Roman touch in the collar design, while the peach and pink suit in slide #9 is soft and pretty with an embroidered floral design at the collar. Look for turquoise and gold in his spring 2010 collection.