LFW ROUND UP
As we say goodbye to one of the biggest fashion events of the year, we look back on some of the best shows and designers to present their S/S19 collections. We saw jet-setting themes from Alexa Chung’s first ever LFW and celebrated the 10th anniversary of Victoria Beckham’s line, proving that this year’s event was something to be remembered.
This year marks a decade since the former Spice Girls debut collection was presented at New York Fashion week in 2008. Her brand and fashion line consisting of chic, luxurious garments and has been widely popular over the years despite scepticism that the pop star would not succeed. To mark this anniversary, Victoria reflects back on where it all began; the Juergen Teller / Marc Jacobs photoshoot. You may have seen the images of the life-sized Marc Jacobs bag as it is considered one of the most iconic and distinguished pieces of fashion art direction of all time. She goes on to explain that the images “came out just as I was about to present my debut collection. So what better way of illustrating the story of the past 10 years than by revisiting the creative but this time with my own branded bag."
The images represent a fun and less-serious side to the designer as she portrays idea of putting herself (including personal tastes, time and dedication) into the Victoria Beckham brand. The images have now been released as limited-edition t-shirts so it’s definitely something to invest in now!
The main event and most anticipated show for LFW opened up with Stella Tennant wearing a white trouser suit, continuing to show a mixture of masculine and feminine aesthetics. The collection included chord fabrics, pastel blues, knit-wear dresses and floor length numbers to appeal to a variety of tastes. “It’s about choice this season,” Beckham said. “What I wanted to do was really find a way to involve my customer in the whole experience and the celebration of the tenth anniversary.”
Richard Quinn was crowned one of the top shows at London Fashion Week earlier this year after the Queen herself presented to him the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. With a serious amount of pressure to top his last performance (the queen has surely got to be the best guest EVER), Richard went all out with projection mapping backgrounds to act as the backdrop for his collection. We couldn’t get enough of the bold floral prints and mixture of pattern and textures in each look that contrasted against the stormy projection behind. The designer pushed boundaries even further by inviting pupils from the schools he attended to sit front row. A range of young students and attendees at Central Saint Martins, Quinn’s old university, watched the show as a stance against government cuts to arts funding.
“Art education is the foundation to our £32 billion industry - it seems crazy that we don’t encourage it more. If I can make one pupil believe in themselves it would be amazing.” An incredible collection and a powerful message to real life issues- is there anything this designer can’t do?
The time has arrived for Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection as the new creative director of Burberry. After his 12 years at Givenchy, Tisci is not one for following the rules. This year for the S/S19 collection, the audience welcomed warm, beige hues and elegant skirts with matching blouses. Kendall Jenner stunned in her tonal outfit of sophisticated shirt and trouser combo. The chic, romantic aesthetic was a treat for those used to seeing outrageous fashion that, realistically, we wouldn’t actually ever wear. Famous for its rich heritage, Burberry presented a classic line up of timeless British style, very much in keeping with current trends of muted tones and tailoring. However, in true Tisci style, the show didn’t stop there. A dramatic switch from elegance to edgier, seductive garments shocked the audience as zipped, leather mini-skirts and metal trimmed Burberry anoraks made their way down the catwalk. The designer chose an inclusive collection to appeal to wider tastes and choices of personal style. This is also reflected in the non-celeb front row, despite a few familiar faces on the catwalk and his well-known connection with ‘Kimye’. Does this mean there’s room for us next year?