18 Sep 2013


Jonathan Saunders gave us a thoroughly modern take on the seventies - modern in the sense that you didn't even realise that was a retro influence here until you stopped to look back at the details (suede and a slight psych aesthetic). Essentially, here were a selection of sheer shirts, suede detail coats, printed dresses and silky jackets that you could mix and match to your hearts content.

Marios Schwab gave us a new urban take on eveningwear. Slinky dresses, sheer floor-sweeping skirts and sequinned tops got a revamp from a nineties throwback accessory. Yes, the leather back-pack isn't going anywhere. 

The Matthew Williamson girl has well and truly grown up. After the AW13 and Resort collections presented us with a bohemian that means business, Williamson presented the next step in his new direction. Boho luxe is still the name of the game - but there's a mature glamour that now comes with the embellished, colourful cocktail dresses. Although the streamlined blazers and ornate pencil skirts stood out with their interpretation of what-the-Ibiza-girl-wears-to-work, the real statement piece had to be the sheer black gown embroidered with a complex floral design.

Orla Kiely's collections always blend the designer's distinctive style with a clear theme. This season, it was easy to sum up in just four words: Wes Anderson on Safari. With a bit of the Girl Guides thrown in. Think Suzy Bishop, with knee-high socks, cute berets and Kiely's trademark printed dresses. Oh - and bonus points for the Clarks shoes collaboration - the red sandals featured above are already on my SS14 wishlist.

It was hard to strip down my favourite looks from Peter Jensen's collection. I'm always a big fan of his printed dresses but the SS14 is up there with my favourites. It's near impossible to pick which dress I would buy if money was no object - the lip-printed long-sleeved shift, white crochet baby-doll, the Diana Ross print?

I always find Roksanda Ilincic's collections a breathe of fresh air amongst all the hectic prints and eclectic designs that LFW is famous for. Clean, simple silhouettes and refreshing colour combinations get me dreaming of Spring - especially with gigantic black angular hair bows and full 1950s midi skirts.

Topshop Unique have upped their game to become a force to be reckoned with at LFW. Next season, the theme continued from AW13's love affair with the 1990's. Here, our favourite nineties chick relocated to California to laze on the beach with surfer boys. All decked out in lazy spaghetti strap dresses, slouchy Kurt Cobain trousers, teeney-tiny printed silk shorts and nonchalant denim shirt-dresses borrowed from the boyfriend. 

Finally, Peter Pilotto showcased a beautiful array of prints adorning exquisite silhouettes; in a colour palette reminiscent of both a beautiful sunset and an aquamarine ocean. If you came to LFW looking for the perfect party dresses, here they were.

1 comment

  1. Loved the Orla Kiely set up! The Peter Jensen collection looks like my cup of tea too.