As the parties subside and the glitz moves away from Somerset House to leave little but sore feet, it’s time for us to feast on the banquet of new fashion trends presented at London Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2013 show.
Mawi’s distinctive avante-garde designs continue to innovate the marriage of feminine and masculine forms with tough bike chains and spikes contrasting against vivid Swarovski details and bird-of-paradise colour schemes. Coupled with their signature high quality finishing and you may need to wipe the drool from your chin after inspecting the range.
Erikson Beamon’s style has the raunchiness of statement labels like Adele-Marie London. It’s all handmade in the capital and continues to be a darling of celebrities.
With an entree as rich and delectable as this, it was serving up to be a full flavoured event. We found our mains soon after, in the form of the ever effervescent Les Nereides and newly launched Lola Rosa Boutique.
Lola Rose came to fame for it’s use of sculpted natural stone. Think chunky bracelets of polished semi-precious stones and rings with gemstone centre-pieces. The new Lola Rose Boutique moves into new territory by introducing metal to the range. That might not sound like a giant step for mankind but it’s certainly a new world for the designer label to explore. The new collection has strong, sexy evocations with geometric shapes cut for a new Cleopatra.
“To give you an idea,” spoke Roger, Lola Roses’ sales director, “we’ve launched Boutique 18 months ago and it already has grown to account for 50% of sales!”
I couldn’t agree more with the public. I’ve always loved Lola Roses’ charm but I’ve never felt like I could give up shopping at Waitrose for it – until now! Whatever cutbacks it takes, I want it!
Another designer that highly impressed me and my colleagues was Maria Francesca Pepe’s range. Cited on a small and demure stand to the edge of Swarovski’s ever gleaming installation for the show, this was a collection of the Michelin persuasion. A few key ingredients were finely presented to create a dish that excited the mind and satisfied one’s appetite.
I’ll put one of Maria Francesca Pepe’s video trailers for the collection in a moment but to set the scene, know that we’re talking about accessibly priced fashion pieces, many in delicate portions, made from gold or silver plated bronze and finished to a high standard. If you’re an 18-30 fashionista looking to take home your own piece of catwalk fresh London Fashion Week, this is the collection to watch. It’s cool enough that everyone will know it’s from the pinnacle of fashion whilst still being wearable enough that you don’t need an invite to the. Elle Style Awards to have an excuse to wear it. See what I mean:
This year fashion lovers can wake up each morning with a sense of anticipation. London Fashion Week has only just finished showcasing the fine clothes and jewellery that are coming for Autumn and Winter 2013. This is going to be a vintage year and the quality of the jewellery collections coming your way leave me in no doubt in making this recommendation – buy some and treasure it; you won’t regret it!