Day 3 & 4 at London Fashion Week was when the big name designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Tom Ford and Burberry Prorsum showcased their S/S 2012 collections.
But Burberry, with its impressive set up in Hyde Park away from the usual venues of the London Fashion Week pulled in a star studded FROW including Sienna Miller, Andy Rodick, Mario Testino, Kanye West etc. Unfortunately our bus from the main venue (Somerset House) arrived late to the show due to surprise surprise London traffic so I was not able to see the show first hand however I’m sure that many of you were able to watch it live via Facebook and perhaps via “Tweetwalk” which tweeted pictures of every look before it hit the runway.
The International Herald Tribune wrote that Christopher Bailey took the coat to places it had never been before. Indeed the S/S 2012 collection was a real departure from the traditional Burberry pieces. It embodied artisan elegance through the African-Inspired prints. Backstage Christopher Bailey was quoted as he described the concept behind the collection. “I loved the idea of craftsmanship, and things that were made by hand, as a contradiction to the pace of the digital world. These pieces were slot to make and made to treasure and last.”
This quote rings very true to us that live and work in Silicon Valley; the heart of the digital world. Where everything is created and resides in digital space. There is something to be said about creating beautiful tangible things with your hands. This is why I love fashion especially couture since most pieces are created by hand and are meant to last and be treasured for a lifetime.
Below are some pictures I snapped and those professionally taken by style.com
The crowd outside Burberry Prorsum
- Two bloggers having a fashion conversation after taking pictures of each other’s outfits
In addition to the Burberry show I was able to make it to two other shows. Mark Fast and Louise Gray.
At Mark Fast the provocative crochets in his spring collection came in all colors. “We worked with yellow, orange and fuchsia and feathered printed neoprene to compose a tropical exotic surge of color.” Explained the British designer. One of the models was constantly getting her shoe caught in the long crochet dress and about to fall but she managed to walk the runway despite this difficulty. I’m guessing there was no practice run
Louise Gray’s collection was at the Topshop Show Space where many of the attendees were super excited to be there, mingle with each other before the show and show their strong support for this very quirky and exuberant British designer. Her collection had to be one of the most distinct I have ever seen. Gray’s signature is her mishmash of color, pattern and texture. “Its how my mother taught me to dress,” she said, “everything matches if you like it.” I think she is extremely creative and original but at the same time I cannot say that I would wear some of the pieces from this collection. Below are some of the photos I snapped during the shows yesterday.
Gift Bags at Louise Gray
London Fashion Week kicked off this morning and I’m so excited to be here and report back on the latest trends for Spring 2012. The vibe, the designers, the venue are totally different from New York Fashion week but that is what gives it its charm. Today’s collections were edgy and dark as you would normally expect from London’s catwalks but I have picked out some colorful favorites as color is what I love.
The Rodnik Band
Sass & Bide
Sass & Bide