Our fashion features editor Hannah Rochell on yesterday’s highlights at London Fashion Week
LFW SS17 made simple – here’s everything you need to know about yesterday’s shows…
Christopher Kane: the Croc Monsieur
It turns out that a moody model, amazing clothes and a stonking soundtrack can make any shoes look good. Even Crocs. Yes, Crocs graced the catwalk at London Fashion Week yesterday. I know, we weren’t expecting it either, particularly not from one of our faves, Christopher Kane. They came in prints that matched the dresses, and rather than those childish badges attached to the front there were crystals. You might think you don’t like them now, but it was Christopher Kane who first showed pool slides on the catwalk, and you wouldn’t be without yours now, would you?
Erdem beside the seaside
It’s always a beautiful experience at an Erdem show, and this season we were treated to a slightly spooky seaside setting in the old Selfridge’s hotel, with rickety wooden walkways and ‘puddles’ full of books for the models to walk over and through. The clothes were typically ladylike Erdem, wistfully reminiscent of days gone by with full skirts, nipped in waists, peplums and even the odd hobble skirt, as well as plenty of frills and fringing.
Soundtrack trend: the spoken word
It all started last season with both Erdem and Loewe using spoken word on their soundtracks, and this season it’s spreading like wildfire. As well as Mulberry on Sunday, Erdem used it again in his show, but our favourite was the musician that spoke over the piano soundtrack at Roksanda. This guy was so passionate about piano playing, he made us want to take lessons immediately… ‘You’ve got ten fingers, make them live.’ Piano dude, we plan to.
The Queen of colour combos strikes again
Roksanda always uses sublime colour combinations and SS17 is set to be no different. Rust and powder pink, anyone? Deep purple and toffee? Yes, please! Her silk dresses were peppered with subtle sporty references like striped elastic cuffs and collars and racer backs. She also showed one full yellow look, which is fast becoming a trend (we’ve spotted elsewhere at Erdem, Preen and Paul Smith to name but three).
Close Encounters of the Anya kind
Anya Hindmarch is known for her Insta-friendly shows, so we were puzzled when we walked into a room with nothing but a big white disc in the centre. ‘What a disappointment’, we thought. How wrong we were. The show started and the disc lifted up like a spaceship on huge chains to reveal a spiral of steps and a single model underneath (how long had that poor girl been standing there?!). The model began to weave her way up and around as more models fed in from ground level above her (and from a secret door below that meant, thankfully, that the first model hadn’t just been waiting in the dark for half an hour. Phew!). The disc then ‘flew’ at different angles, changing colour to suit the shades of clothes that were being paraded at the time. Speaking of which, think futuristic granny-chic coats and frocks in beige, pink, tangerine, violet, pale blue and emerald. So pretty much any colour you might fancy, really. A lovely way to start our Sunday morning!
The most amazing make-up we’ve ever seen at Preen
We always look forward to the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi show, but on Sunday we were totally blown away from the second we walked into the venue. The winding catwalk looked like a pavement and was strewn with pretty dried flowers (we weren’t meant to step on it but we couldn’t resist for a quick Insta Story!). And while we loved the clothes - which were a combination of Eighties goth and summer meadows - it’s the make-up that we just can’t get over. Every model was different, and some had real dried flowers artfully placed on their shoulders, backs and faces; some even wore petals as lipstick. Oh, and that wasn’t the only surprise. The super-cute flatforms and sandals were a collaboration with UGG, and will be available to buy in February next year.
Topshop Unique’s Sunday soundtrack
Topshop also looked to the Eighties for inspo, with classic nods to the decade in the form of zebra print, pixie boots and a whiff of power dressing. But it was the electro soundtrack that we enjoyed more than anything; fashion week can be a bit tiring (poor us!) but we were dancing in our seats throughout the whole show.
The random stuff Team InStyle gets up to at LFW
We work hard over fashion week, but we have plenty of lols, too. Spending so much time in a car with the same people can send you a bit crazy! So we thought it would be fun to tell you some of the random things that happened to us yesterday:
1. Fashion director Arabella’s hem came down on her Fendi trousers. In the absence of a needle and thread, she popped it back into place with a teeny tiny bit of chewing gum. Worked a treat.
2. Fashion features editor Hannah and fashion & features writer Chloe both turned up in what was essentially sleepwear; Hannah in a nightie and Chloe in pyjamas (proper stylish ones though, obvs).
3. When we arrived 45 minutes early for a show at a random venue in Surrey Quays, we wasted time in outdoor pursuits superstore Decathlon. Editor Charlotte was in danger of buying everything she laid her eyes on, but settled for two rucksacks and three water bottles.
School stripes at Mulberry
That aforementioned random venue in Surrey Quays was for the Mulberry show, and was some kind of abandoned warehouse. Once we got used to the idea of being so far away from town, it was pretty cool (particularly for this member of the team, who lives in south east London). And it was well worth the journey too, as we fell hard for the stripes that reminded us of school uniforms and college blazers. Of course, Mulberry’s bread and butter is bags, and they were rather lovely too, our favourite being one that looked a bit like a retro square TV and the ‘Piccadilly’ with its bold green and yellow stripe. The brand is looking great under new designer Johnny Coca, the man with the coolest name in fashion.
Charlotte Olympia went bananas
Charlotte Olympia took London Fashion Week to 1940s Hawaii last night with a bananas show. In an intimate salon setting, the British Fashion Awards winner showcased her spring/summer 2017 collection on models dressed as fruit and the most flexible of sequin-cladd dancers. What those girls couldn't do with a blow up banana isn't worth knowing. Charlotte Olympia's unique and delicious fruit salad lit up London Fashion Week!
How to be totally SS17 without even buying anything
Sometimes the new trends are less about what you wear and more about how you wear it. If you want to get ahead for next spring, simply take you favourite trench coat, preferably one with voluminous leg o’ mutton sleeves, pop one arm in, belt at the waist, leave the empty arm hanging artfully down your back, et voila! You've got yourself an ‘inspired by Simone Rocha’ look in seconds. Taking the idea further, Rocha also showed asymmetric rucksacks made from the same black tulle or floral taffeta as the models’ dresses tied with an oversized bow on the front shoulder. Nothing's ever made us want to have a back to school moment quite so much!
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Date Nights at Versus
Fashion’s most high-profile couples often use Fashion Week as their date night, and the Versace Versus show was no exception. Settling down to watch younger sister Bella Hadid open the show, Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik were apparently spotted canoodling on the FROW.
Speaking of going back to school, we loved the prim and proper plaits on show today. Emilia Wickstead’s were French plaits left to go loose at the nape of the neck, while Simone Rocha’s were in cute bunches for a real little girl vibe. We’re not quite brave enough to try it ourselves, what with most of us being over 30 and everything, but we appreciated them all the same...
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Happy birthday HOH
Henry Holland’s label House of Holland turns 10 this season, and the celebs’ favourite designer celebrated by going back to his logo T-shirt roots. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but we loved ‘Give us a toss Karlie Kloss’ and ‘Suck on my toe Phoebe Philo’. Lol.
We're not expecting SS17 to be a dull affair. Emilia Wickstead treated us to her signature quirky colour palette of emerald, rose, lemon and tangerine, set off on a golden yellow catwalk carpet. Yum. J.W.Anderson was all about the ombré, but forget the subtle fades into similar colours; think rainbows and colours at opposite ends of the spectrum, like green and red. And at House of Holland, the checks came in blue and purple with a massive hit of citrus. So far, yellow is the designers’ colour of the season, which cheered us right up on a dull day in London.
And the most unlikely celeb on the FROW goes to…
Julien Macdonald’s shows are always packed with celebs, and regular fans Abbey Clancy and Fearne Cotton were on the FROW. Naturally. Someone we weren’t expecting to see though, was Olympic bronze medalist diver Tom Daley! Here’s hoping for more athletes as the week goes on; our ideal spots would be Team GB’s hockey goal keeper Maddie ‘Mad Dog’ Hinch and pocket rocket gymnast Claudia Fragapane. Well, she is going to be in Strictly, so we reckon that one’s only a matter of time.
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