With London Fashion Week officially wrapped for yet another season, the Spring 2017 runways have revealed a sneak peek of the best in British fashion.
At Mulberry, recently titled creative director Johnny Coca unveiled a collection of demure army green, navy blue and deep plum designs. Unexpected pops of vibrant yellow illuminated the runways, which were ablaze with long military inspired coats and loose asymmetrical skirts. From embellished accents to oversized ruffles and bold stripes, patterns and decorative finishes were also key looks.
Designer Erdem Moralioğlu told Vogue that he was inspired by an infamous shipwreck in 1642, in which Jean Ker, Countess of Roxburghe’s wardrobe was destroyed. Staying true to his signature intricate style, the Erdem runway featured jackets fastened with black grosgrain ribbons. Meanwhile, dark blue brocade fabrics, voluminous skirts and lace in vibrant hues also made an appearance.
At Christopher Kane, the inspiration was a British World War II era pamphlet which advised frugal 1940s fashionistas to “Make Do and Mend”. While the designer did not offer a ‘40s inspired line, the collection’s name and theme paid tribute to mix and match pieces. On the catwalk, this translated into mixed prints, floral motifs decorative gems and sheer panels. Models strut the runway in girlish tulle skirts, long patterned coats, leopard prints and shimmering metallic frocks.
Topshop Unique turned to the 1980s for sartorial cues, with designs influenced by punk culture. From shiny vinyl skirts and trousers to zebra prints and pops of magenta, edgy details were in the air. Loose collared blouses were paired with short skirts, while cut-outs and thigh-high slits completed the aesthetic.
Mary Katrantzou channelled the beauty of classical Greek art, and brought a variety of eye-catching prints to the runway. From optical illusion style patterns on dresses and pants to splashy metallic shades, rainbow bright colours made an impression. The psychedelic hues were contrasted against traditional Greek patterns on jackets, fiery shades of orange and tiered full-length skirts.
Major Looks: Dark shades of army green and navy, military chic, structured jackets
Major Looks: Elegant grosgrain ribbons, rich brocades, embroidery, full skirts, ladylike blazers
Major Looks: Funky mixed prints, decorative accents, bright colour, splashy patterns
Major Looks: Brilliant magenta, edgy punk style, short hemlines, oversized coats
Major Looks: Traditional Greek prints, eye-catching hues, shimmering metallic frocks and long dresses
Photos: Vogue Runway