Tuesday, September 18, 2012

London Fashion Week Spring 2013 - Part 1

London Fashion Week
Spring/Summer 2013
Part One

The first half of my coverage on London Fashion Week. Click on the image for a larger view.


Palette: An Amazonian rainforest of shades from palm green, pine yellow, mango, cerise and guava pink, violet, black and white.

Silhouettes: Floaty kaftans, mono-toned V-neck and halter strapped evening gowns that are nipped in the waist. Retro shapes, Seventies-style jumpsuits, toucan and flower printed frocks and trouser suits, wrap dresses fit to the floor and cut-outs.
Textiles: Georgette, jersey, cotton, silk, vivid tropical prints painted with florals and birds.
Theme: Tropical Island Glamour
Styling: Multi-strap sandals, chunky gold statement necklaces. Models wore orchids in their hair, which was styled in a high twisted bun. Makeup was flushed with a glossy red lip.

Marios Schwab

Palette: Burgundy, sooty black, ivory, Prussian blue and burnt orange.

Silhouettes: Tribal inspired V-neck dresses adorned with leather strips and metallic fringing, sheer pleated skirts, wide harness belts, lacy inserts, fringed peplums and long-sleeved glittery see-through evening gowns.
Textiles: Honeycomb print, raffia, fringing, cotton, leather, suede, lace and crystals. 
Theme: Warrior Maiden
Styling: Tribal war paint lined under the eyes, pink-blushed cheeks, glossy straightened hair tucked behind the ear and fringed gladiator sandals.

Mary Katrantzou

Palette: A kaleidoscopic blend of inky blue, cyan, forest green, purple, yellow, black, white and opalescent pastels in pink, lemon, mint and blue.

Silhouettes: Two-dimensionals silhouettes with sharpened edges, short bell sleeves, collared shirt dresses, halter necks, A-line skirts, spruced suits in plains and prints, pocket frocks, structured swing tops with pants and billowy free-flowing trapeze gowns.
Textiles: Global postage stamp and banknote digi-prints, brocade, denim, crystal mesh.  
Theme: Stamped in Digital Style
Styling: Hair was firmly pulled back in a knotted style, makeup featured a well-defined eye and nude lip. Heels were multi-coloured wide strap sandals.

Jonathan Saunders

Palette: Burgundy, scarlet, jade, lime green, powder blue, silver, gold, black and white.

Silhouettes: Figure-clinging mini skirts, casual shirts and ombre print trouser ensembles, colour-blocked slip dresses with V-wrap necklines, tailored suits and trench coats worn with bra-tops, side-paneled pants, and shiny sequined party frocks.
Textiles: Silk chiffon, leather, water-drop print, glazed metallics, sequins, chevrons & stripes.
Theme: Seventies Disco Sensibility
Styling: Tousled hair, plum glossed lips and boldly lined eyes. Models wore rounded sunglasses and leather cut-out sandals in neutral shades.

Matthew Williamson

Palette: A range of vivid shades in indigo, navy, saffron orange, aqua, cerulean blue, cerise pink, white and tangerine.

Silhouettes: Indian Holi inspired pieces in chic separates - cropped printed trousers, lightweight blouses, sleek dip-dyed blazers and shorts, slim sheaths and flirty dresses, beautifully draped evening gowns with high slits.
Textiles: Chiffon, silk, leather, prismatic powder blast prints, Tibetan landscape imagery, mirrored embellishments and beaded trims. 
Theme: An Electric Indian Summer
Styling: Ankle strap sandals, long tasseled necklaces, hair buns, a smokey eye and nude lips.

Temperley London

Palette: Crimson red, pale ice blues, cream, white, navy, black and grey. 

Silhouettes: Full flaired skirts, bustier tops overlaid with sheer fabric, halter-neck dresses, straight-fit maxi's, leg-lengthening slacks and jewel encrusted gossamer evening gowns. 
Textiles: Moroccan-mosaic inspired prints, sheer and solid stripes, silk, jacquard, mesh, ribbon embroidery and embellished tulle.
Theme: Crystal Sheer Opulence  
Styling: High bouffants, pink-hued lips, wide-brimed saucer hats with mosquito nets, rounded retro sunglasses and platform heels by Charlotte Olympia.

Peter Pilotto

Palette: A motley mix of yellow, black, white, turquoise, lime, red, orange and aqua.

Silhouettes: Cross-strap bodices, peplum tops, cut-out frocks, cropped jackets, narrow pants, asymmetric wrapped skirts, flared sleeves and flounced hemlines.
Textiles: Superfluity of innovative three-dimensional digital prints bedaubed with beaded embroidery.
Theme: A Plethora of Geometric Prints
Styling: The casual tossed back ponytail, light-toned makeup and strappy tie-up printed sandals by Nicholas Kirkwood.

Antonio Berardi

Palette: Invigorating pink, cobalt blue, grey, turquoise, ivory, black and white. 
Silhouettes: Expertly engineered shapes with strong, sporty lines. Exaggerated peplums with high-low hemlines, halter neck dresses in a patchwork of fabrics, boxy cropped jackets, masculine suits, sleeveless oversized vests, tunics, layering of dresses over skirts and narrow trousers, beautifully beaded evening gowns.
Textiles: Perforated mesh, chiffon, iridescent sequins, Aertex, geometric beading.
Theme: Urbane Architecture
Styling: Hair was worn back in twisted braids, makeup was subtle was a soft pink lip, models walked in cut-out leather heels.

Who's your pick from Part One of London Fashion Week? 
Please stay tuned for the second half of my coverage.


Helena Resende said...

London Fashion Week is becoming one of the most important fashion events in the world and those collections are amazing! :)

Nee said...

wow! those collections are super colorful! my favorites are matthew williamson and issa:)
hope you had a good start into this week:)

Cathy said...

Amazing variety of collections! Loving the colors in the Issa and Matthew Williamson collections, beautiful pleating at Marios Schwab, gorgeous patterns at Jonathan Saunders, and fabulous abstract prints at Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto!


aki! said...

I love some of the lighter colors in Temperly London but I think Marios Schwab is my favorite of the bunch.

Alessandra said...

Loving Jonathan Saunders!!


Adeola Naomi said...

EVERYTHING is amazing!!!
I just feel more of a patriotic pride for Mary Katrantzou's line!
I love Temperly too.

fang ting said...

Wow! The colours this season are just amazing! I really like a lot of the outfits this season, it's too difficult to choose a favourite. I can't wait for the trends to hit the stores soon. Hey babe, thanx for dropping by our blog to check us out despite us being missing in action for so long. So much things are going on for us, and we hope we will be back in action soon! Keep in touch!

Fang Ting

Audrey (hkittygirl) said...

Mark Katrantzou is always so amazing! I love visiting Nordstrom to see her dresses in real life. (:

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

The black dress at the end of the first row of the Issa collection is talking to me, it's saying "Vanisha, buy me!" and so is that gorgeous Marios dress at the end of the second row!

Anonymous said...

Temperley London knocked my socks off...I would wear every piece in that collection.

<3 Cambria

Mandy@OrangeAutumn said...

I love every single thing about the Issa collection. Absolutely beautiful!

Robots in Trouble said...

holy crap... this is amazing! i wish i can watch this in person someday!

hope in high heels said...

I have two definite standouts... the Temperley London collection - I love the silhouettes and the palette, but that's closely followed by Issa - in my dreams that's how I dress when I go to a tropical island! I hope you had a fabulous weekend, lovely x

VintageDanielle said...

The first two collections are my favorites, the pieces are those I would love to wear! I just adore the cuts and bright colors, perfect for spring time.

MOSAMUSE said...

loving the Issa collection!!


Rahul Bhatia said...

Thanks for taking on the tour of these lovely fashion shows and events Sam:) Always a delight!

zhanna said...

Those are amazing! Thank you for sharing. I love all the colors!

Jessica said...

they are all so unique!


Audrey Allure said...

Gorgeous collections!

Xixia said...

I can't wait to see part two of this, Sam!
Anyways, the geometric pattern of Mary Katrantzou's work is fascinating. And I adore the ombre theme of Jonathan Saunder's outfits. But my favorite, by far, is Temperley London's. Oh my gosh. Some of her designs make the clothes look like porcelain. There's a light Asian vibe that I am just in love with.

♥ xixia | thisisxixia.com

erica marie said...

Matthew Williamson has always been a favorite. Love the collection.

xo erica

Creative Side Of Me said...

Love the article...good information and a lot of interesting photos...thank you!


Akiko said...

SUch a great review post and thanks for sharing..! xo akiko

Ember Drake said...

Such a great start to London Fashion Week!

I love the new Issa collection - the vibrant colours are perfect for Spring - but my favourites have to be the Marios Schwab dresses - they are so dramatic and edgy! Just gorgeous!



Cinnamon and White Chocolate said...

Issa and Pilotto...When I see these gorgeous collections it makes me so sad summer is ending in our country! I still want to wear summer dresses and sandals...Ilina


Looks really cool!


Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Wow, that rainbow coloured Issa collection is INSANE!!! The pinks and cerises are especially jaw-dropping.

And I'm also loving the prints by Mary Katrantzou, they're such fun.

Great post as ever, Sam!xo

blackberryfashion said...

I like colorful clothes, these collections are amazing :)


Lilli said...

Hi Sam! Was waiting for this post from you about London Fashion Week, now will wait for the other parts too:) Btw, so far my fav are Issa and Antonio Berardi, wow Issa especially made these colorful and classy collection! I see this FW is more bright than in NY! Happy day my dear! Big kiss!:*

sonia de macedo said...

Really loving everything coming down the runway in London! So much gorgeous colour and daring prints!

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Daniella said...

Hi Sam, hope you had a great weekend. I love these collections you have picked!! So much use of colour and print! I always love and respect the uniqueness of Jonathan Saunders designs and Peter Pilotto's looks are incredible as always and I love the shapes and structure of the Antonio Berardi's collection! Great post sweetie. :)

Take care,

Daniella xox

Denise said...

For me, the collections of Marios Schwab, Matthew Williamson and Temperley London!!!! The latter was amaaaazing! Yes, Zara refunded me only after 8 months after several emails. The first emails they sent me they said they wouldnt refund me, and then I had to take some measures - argh, I don't like conflicts!

Carolyna said...

Temperley London, Issa and Mary Katrantzou are my fav ones. This collections are amazing

Jayme and Mendi said...

Look at all of the color! We love it!!

Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

Margaret Cruzemark said...

I just love Mary Katrantzou 's work. She is an amazing designer!!!
Kisses and hugs
Miss Margaret Cruzemark

Stefania said...

Beautiful collections!!I like colorful clothes!!

StephilĂ  Creations-Myfashionblog

Gabriele said...

love the collections from london fashion week, esp that first one love the colour palette of it!


bridechic said...

Love the ethnic looks and touches in the collections!

amy b.s. said...

i am loving all of the color!

nini said...

Im blown away by the colours and prints! my favs is Issa collection & Timperley London..
as usual great post hun!

The Chic Sheet said...

Each collection is so different in its own way, yet so amazing!


Tammy Lau said...

wow...look at all the beautiful collections!! Thanks dear for sharing cus I don't even have time to ck out all these:).Glad that I can ck all these things out through your blog:)

BTW, once I arrive south africa I will le you know:)


Clara Turbay said...

love it! smart and simple.

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I know I've said it time and again but I love your fashion week roundups. The Temperley collection is my favorite of this grouping. I adore the color palette and the sumptuous silhouettes.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

Oh MY....Gorgeous collections, bright colors and bold prints. IN LOVE>

<3 Marina

Kat said...

ohmygosh i loveeee issa's collection!! so cute :D


Elisabeth said...

I love the creations, especially the dresses, of Mary Katrantzou!

E from Helsinki