Our latest contributor Olivia shares her favourites from LFW.
Chief creative designer of Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Bailey, delivered a very modern and edgy collection at London Fashion Week, featuring studs, embellished leather jackets and animalistic pieces, paired with some killer heels. This was a much more fierce collection for a label which is notorious for being “classy” and “chic”, fitting perfectly with the name of Heritage Biker. Here we can see classic autumnal pieces such as the trench, biker and skin-tight trousers with a “pop” of colour to add that spring and summer look. The trench in particular has either been shrunken into a zipped-up mini, or made in black leather with a pastel belt. Christopher Bailey produced one of the strongest AW10 pieces in his previous collection: the aviator jacket, and it’s clear to see here that the trimmed trench is set to do the same for SS11.
SASS & BIDE
Australian fashion label Sass and Bide went all Zen on us in their new SS11 collection. Founders of the label, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton named their show “Papa Sucre”, which translates to “Sugar Daddy” in English. This may explain why we see hints of Caribbean-style raffia on collars, sleeves and jackets. As opposed to their previous collections, here we get to see a much softer side, with a simple, natural palette. The draping, folding and knotting is very flattering, and makes this collection much more wearable than the usual high-end designers we see at Fashion Week. Again, we can see hints of autumnal pieces still shining through, with the black biker boots and khaki colours – so keep a hold onto your khaki/camel/beige AW10 pieces, you never know when you’ll need them!
This stunning collection may not be from London Fashion Week however, it’s simply too beautiful to miss out. And how could I not include this in my top 3 round-up, when the inspiration for such lovely pieces comes from Britain itself? The Italian fashion duo looked to the English country garden for their latest SS11 collection, showcased at Milan Fashion Week. The models strut down the catwalk in a palette of lavender and rose, pastels and navy backgrounds, wearing iconic pieces such as the maxi dress, jumpsuits and high waisted shorts. I particularly love the gingham patterns, and the bags stuffed with trowels, watering cans and gardening gloves. Watch this space, before we know it, we’ll all be walking round looking like Mrs Bouquet...