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London Fashion Week 2018 Highlights

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It’s that time of year again - the capital’s streets are overtaken by designers, interns and influencers alike rushing from show to show and our insta feeds are filled with #streetstyle.

The biannual trade show returned for its 35th year with the country’s top designers showcasing their collections for the upcoming spring/summer season and once again, they did not disappoint. Here’s a run down of some of my personal favourites that popped up along the way.

 

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Day one saw Turkish designer Bora Aksu’s collection of frills, florals and collars galore. The CSM graduate did not disappoint with an array of feminine dresses with just the right amount of gothic thrown in.

 

There appeared to be a traditional, romantic theme across the board as Ryan Lo proved with his fairytale themed show. Rapunzel hats, broomsticks and a knight in shining armour were among the accessories that accompanied a dreamy collection of frills, ribbons and polka dots. This show had major princess vibes set to take over next year’s spring months.

 

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‘SS19 Saturn Returns!’  “As I walked through the city, attempting to navigate the ups and downs of my Saturn Cycle, I couldn’t help but wonder… what this cosmic rite of passage had in store for me... What do I want to be?  What do I want in life?” Bewitched by the Saturn Return, Ryan LO’s lovestruck heroine is flurrying about in occasionwear, waiting for a WhiteKnight Prince to charge his way into her heart.  There are gallery openings to attend, cocktails to consume, soirees to swan around at and dates to dart away from, or dive into. “I’m someone who is looking for love.  Real love.  Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.” Her sleeves are puffed, ready to take on the town. Her buttons are covered and prim, forming a proper perpendicular line down the front.  Her feathers don’t ever ruffle in the face of calamity.  Her frills and thrills unashamedly flutter about. Florals?  For spring?  Groundbreaking, as they blossom into water colour prints, jacquards and oversized crochet, accompanied by ostrich frond skirts.  They bloom into pumpkin-shaped bags carrying her hopes and dreams. Fairy god mothering herself, she wears Flora, Fauna and Merryweather’s witchy hats, and tall tulle beehives, created once again with Stephen Jones and rides Kiki’s Delivery Service broomsticks.  She’s a taskmaster of the skies, ready to go forth and find what she’s looking for. ♡ Beautiful show notes by the dearest Susie Lau @SusieBubble ٩(๑❛ᴗ❛๑)۶ #SS19 #RyanLO #SaturnReturns

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OLIVIA as Glinda The Good Witch from OZ  #SS19 #RyanLO

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Alexa Chung made her long awaited debut on day two with her ‘Arrivals and Departures’ show. Although no stranger to fashion week, this is the first time Chung has taken on the role of the designer to showcase her relatively new eponymous brand. Neutral, earthy tones combined with the occasional print give this collection a holiday-esque feel, perfect for those airport arrivals. There’s also a retro vibe to the collection, from the brown suede to the ‘70s departure lounge inspired set.

 

The retro theme is continued on the runway over at Halpern, albeit in an entirely different way. This time round we’re looking to the 1960s for inspiration, more specifically the sexual liberation movement. There’s a mix of disco-ready metallic fabrics, glam sequins and primary colour block prints reminiscent of 1980s video games. There’s absolutely nothing subtle about this collection and I am living for it.

Saturday also saw an extravagant effort from Mary Katrantzou for her 10-year anniversary show. A recurring butterfly theme features heavily in the collection, as do postage stamps and detailed embroidery. Unsurprising for the designer, the collection is glitzy, colourful and perfectly OTT.

Simone Rocha took a more regal approach, inspired by her Chinese roots and the elizabethan era. Veiled hats were a standout accessory, accompanied by plenty of lace, pearls and portraits printed onto dresses. Despite the historical elements, the collection still feels modern and stylish today.

Back to the disco theme, David Koma presented us with a collection of shimmer, lace and flared everything. Despite a heavily black and white dominated colour scheme, pops of purple and green gives the collection a bright retro vibe. Koma gives us plenty of options for stand out neon looks as well as a batch of super chic LBDs.

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#DavidKoma #LFW #Spring2019 #FavoriteLooks @davidkomalondon

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Huishan Zhang went playful and almost childlike in his collection of frilled dresses, high waisted shorts and tailored shirt jackets. Layering plays a pivotal role in the pastel-toned ensembles as well as cutesy playful prints. This is definitely one of the more fun shows on the schedule, with some adorable girly ensembles.

 

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