It’s been 6 months, give or take, since I stepped on the hallowed cobble-tiles at Somerset House waving both press pass and arms around. FYI: Grace is not a word commonly associated with Michelle Chai. Fashion Week(s) are upon us and for the first time in eight seasons — … I’m enjoying it from home. Not actually being at LFW means that I feel a bit more gung ho about chatting frivolously about fashion; I’m getting more than 4 hours sleep; and I get to briefly stop worrying about the coat situation.
While you can also see my picks on my dedicated Pinterest board, without further ado, here’s a brief tour inside my Fashion Week brain thus far:
J JS Lee, easily one of my favourite designers, opened the BFC tent schedule this year. Taking centre stage at the infamous tented show space, her collection teemed with a slick aesthetic scattered with sartorial escapism. Those cocoon shaped coats, gingham continuations and boxy feminine shapes – en pointe. Ticking similarly over to Bora Aksu – the first ever LFW show I attended! – a nostalgic and girlish collection with ribbons, milkmaid braids, sock and shoe pairings, organza and lace, puffed up sleeving, and an enviable patchwork midi-and-collar cut too. Be mine.
Playing back into that girly, whimsy and fun aesthetic that oft enters the realm of Daisybutter, I adored Holly Fulton‘s AW14 offerings. A more tailored, slicker version of her previous inclinations, Fulton’s collection married kitsch girly accents with classic hues, shift and drop waist cuts, and alt motifs. Hands (up) everywhere. Another surprising turn came from Markus Lupfer, for me. His toned-down collection for AW14 completely took me by surprise, but quirky colour pairings, cool quintessential cuts and need-to-have-right-now motif sweats have had me at hello. The collection marries English wearability with all the fun and quirk of the nation perfectly.
Who have been your highlights of LFW this season?