Tuesday, February 24, 2009

London Fashion Week Roundup

This is probably the only/second to last post on London Fashion Week, because it's so short! It's probably a quarter of the size of New York Fashion Week, but there are still some great designers and cute clothes worth looking over.

, Giles, Erdem. Luella Bartley is genius at throwing all these random, detailed elements together, and somehow managing to end up with a coherent, pulled-together outfit. Take this punky, embellished cardigan and lame skirt for example. The casual, grunginess of the sweater tones down the crazy-disco vibe of the gold skirt and makes it totally wearable for daytime. Whereas, I think this dress at Christopher Kane could do without the gold lame boots. His technique is impeccable. Just look at the sharp swingyness of that a-line--it gives the edge needed to take this dress from sweet to chic. And these sweetheart neckline, puffed-out skirt dresses at Erdem came in multiple colors and prints, all of which were so cute it was hard to choose my favorite! I think this crazy, colorful dahlia print works perfectly with the simple, streamlined shape of the dress.

Julien Macdonald
, Josh Goot, House of Holland. Julien Macdonald does rocker-chic so well it's practically an art form. That this beaded shift for example. The shape itself is simple, but nothing special. When you add in all the beading, however, it becomes super-luxe in that carefree way only rockstars can do. And can't you totally see Kate Bosworth wearing this? The skirt/tank combo at Josh Goot kind of reminds me of last seasons Alexander Wang (the ones with all the zippers--or is that just me?), but the pared down simplicity and pink boots give it new life. This gradient look at House of Holland might be my favorite. His whole show looked like this, with color gradients separated by clean white lines. I love this because the dress is so simple, which makes the pattern even more striking, and the statement necklace ups the glam factor. In real life, skip the striped tights (no one but a 5'10 model can get away with cutting their legs into three pieces. not cute).

Twenty8Twelve, Christoper Kane. Twenty8Twelve is actually Savannah and Sienna Miller's clothing line. Yes, that Sienna Miller. Before you let her paparazzi-captured skanky moments make you write off her clothes, look at this little leather jacket, cut-out LBD combo. The jacket gives the mini-dress even coverage to make it day appropriate, but just take it off and you have the perfect party dress. As for Christoper Kane, well, when is he not genius? These two dresses are perfectly made, perfectly proportioned, and deceptively simple. He takes these typically girly fabrics like chiffon, and makes them geometric and edgy. And how cute is the bustier detailing on that second dress? Love.

Also on the London runways (but I just got tired of posting them) those giant fur jackets over tight mini dresses.

Image Sources:
Christoper Kane: style.com
Twenty8Twelve: style.com
House of Holland: style.com
Josh Goot: style.com
Julien Macdonald: style.com
Erdem: style.com
Luella: style.com
Giles: style.com

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