London Fall ’13 Fashion Week: My Top 3

February 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

Fashion month is well underway, with London following NYFW’s lackluster showing. The fashion week over the pond, which ended a week ago, had more innovative concepts than its predecessor. But overall, there weren’t a large number of strong collections.

Nevertheless, I’ve found three collections that I liked. View them below!

3. J.W. Anderson

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In an city that usually displays over-the-top and flashy collections, it is always refreshing to see a simplified yet strong collection. With  J.W. Anderson’s collection for the Fall 2013 season, he proved that simple silhouettes can still have an avant-garde edge. What first drew my attention was the color palette, with stark whites, daring blacks and bold colors like tomato red and mustard yellow – mainly shown in monochromatic looks. The play of leather was cool to see as well, and it gave the otherwise classic looks a street vibe. The clothing was quite architectural yet confined – there was a slight air of derangement.

2. Giles

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Giles Deacon is one of my favorite designers, so I always look forward to his interpretation of classic romanticism in his collections. This season proved no different, with its princess dresses, gold detailing and beautiful tailoring. From the wispy Rapunzel-like hair to the tulle overlays, the collection was a Renaissance painting that came to life. What I enjoy about Giles is while his collections are romantic, he always injects melancholy that elevates his work from clothing to wearable art. The highlight of the collection were the long gowns in the middle of the show that had a print that was layered with gold brocade. Simply stunning.

1. Mary Katranzou

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 Mary Katranzou is a genius when it comes to architectural shapes and intricate detailing. Her collections are usually whimsical, but this time around the designer created a more toned-down collection while still upholding her signature structures. Katranzou chose a subdued palette for this collection like lilac and cream which was a delicate contrast with the bold black running through all of the looks. The bowl haircuts the models donned saved the collection from becoming too pretty and made the looks more editorial. The juxtaposition between the airy dresses and the tough suits was also commendable. Like many other designers from London, Katranzou knows how to blend the two worlds of art and wearability. Overall, her collection brought some drama in a surprisingly dull fashion week.

Which collection was your favorite?

Look out for my review of Milan’s fashion week soon!

All Photos Courtesy of: Style.com

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