London Fashion Week Fall 2012: Our Favorite Shows So Far
New York Fashion Week is officially over, but Fall 2012 Fashion Month has only just begun. Now it's on to London, where some of the best and brightest young talents in the biz show their work.
Click through the slideshow to find out which British designers have really wowed us thus far. And then let us know what you think of their work!
Kane took a Gothic turn this season by using a mainly purple, red and black color palette and splashing it with leopard spots and cabbage flowers. If all that excess sounds like a recipe for disaster, well, it could have been in the hands of a lesser designer. Luckily, Kane's a whiz at the whole "twisted club-goer" look and we loved the entire lineup—especially those iridescent-looking oil-slick dresses.
Erdem Moriaglu is a true master of colorful patterns, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a designer who better knows his way around a floral print (just ask Kate Middleton, who adores his work). His offerings for fall incorporated a wide range of colors—think fuchsia and cobalt mixed with neon yellow and black. And this time around, there was even a few hits of leather mixed with the beautiful laces and silks.
Designer Emma Hill's inspiration this season was Where the Wild Things Are, but the front row read more Where the Styled Things Are—Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen, and Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery were all present. In terms of the clothes themselves, there were dramatic Mongolian fur coats, shearling tunics, shaggy vests and some beautiful leather separates. We especially loved the graphic knit scarves and blanket coats.
Pilotto's made a name for himself with his visually stunning digital prints and angular, futuristic cuts. But—and here's the practical question we always ask ourselves—how does one layer over those Star Trek-inspired silhouettes in the winter? This season, the designer offered colorful furs and gorgeous puffer jackets (remember, that's not an oxymoron) sure to keep any well-dressed woman warm. Down-coat dressing has never looked better.
Buttoned-up and beautiful, Saunders' fall collection was inspired by equestrian dressing—though we noticed strong golf- and tennis-club connotations as well. There were textural blazers, full skirts, a smattering of florals and several embroidered pieces that, while delicate, still looked completely wearable. Little surprise that Saunders won this year's British Fashion Council Designer Fashion Fund—he's insanely talented.
Those in favor of a good collage will find lots to love in this up-and-comer's collection. Metallics, solids and screaming patterns were draped, wrapped and folded across the body to create pretty party dresses and dreamy asymmetrical skirts. Best of all, the overall effect was youthful and cool—not artsy-craftsy.
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