Review: London Fashion Week SS14

London packed a fashion punch this year, with standout shows left, right and center. Three in particular stood out, each with very different approaches to spring fashion trends. Moschino, Temperley London and Burberry Prorsum each showcased their fashion expertise, and why they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

Moschino
Moschino’s bringing back punk, and they’re not shy about it. With graffiti-style graphics and animal print ruling their runway, there was no room for the faint of heart. Rosella Jardini, the creative director for Moschino and the woman carrying the torch of the late Franco Moschino, brought new meaning to the word punk. Her use of texture and graphics created a neo-punk trend that’s here to stay. She flawlessly combined glamour and risk with wearability, without ever losing the edge that makes Moschino such a fashion forward brand. The models were laden with either black lipstick or just enough black eye shadow to make you believe that they actually listen to the Sex Pistols and secretly identify with an alternative punk subculture. Alas, Jardini’s touch of refinement and femininity managed to maintain an ambience of high fashion and elegance that is ever present throughout London Fashion Week.

Temperley London
Perhaps the polar opposite to Moschino’s show, Temperley London was all about the romance. With beautiful fabrics, floral embellishment and decorative pieces, Alice Temperley served up a dish of British elegance at its finest. Although it was a fairly safe collection, as far as London Fashion Week goes, it was far from lacklustre. What it lacked in risk, it made up for in flattering silhouettes and a delicateness that’s not often seen at runway shows anymore. Although Temperley’s collection did not push boundaries or shock and awe the audience, it brought London back to the classic elegance associated with the city. Playing with texture and print, the collection took floral that may have otherwise been mistaken as your grandmother’s curtains and transformed it into a collection perfectly fit for an English tea party.


Burberry Prorsum
London Fashion Week wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Burberry Prorsum, the brand that is as synonymous with England as crumpets and the Queen. It was a stunning collection, with a focus on pastels and hazy sherbet themed hues. As well as playing into the existing trend of sheer fabrics and pattern mixing, designer Christopher Bailey combined simple shapes with sheer fabrics to create an understated sexiness that left the audience wanting more. His use of soft fabrics and gentle colours made me want to curl up in head to toe Burberry while lounging in my non-existent penthouse suite, drinking tea sweetened with gold. The show pointedly gestures towards luxury and lavishness while maintaining an ambiance of nonchalance. In classic Burberry style, this subtle style sets the tone for what is to come in British fashion, and let me tell you, I’m looking forward to it.


Images from elle.uk and metro.co.uk

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