There was a time when fashion magazines, textures and patterns were alien to me. But it was about to change, when back in 2010 I was glued to a computer screen immersing my eyes in tres British fashion show. Show where models were storming the catwalk wearing metallic leather trench coats and immaculate lace dresses in Hubba Bubba pastels.
London Fashion Week. 1 pm. Kensington gardens. Hundreds of guests are getting seated in a spacious marquee on khaki painted benches and curtains are drawn to close prompting the show to start. Lights go off. And subtle accords of Jake Bugg playing the guitar can be heard in the show space.
This LFW mister Bailey presented a collection which was inspired by British musicians (you could recognise Bowie’s influence in the first ensemble presented by supermodel Eddie Campbell), artists and history. The Autumn/winter show was an ode to the best of British. “All things I love,” the designer said backstage.
Patchwork was delicately crafted from different fabrics (gabardine, brocade) and colours – from khaki, navy blue to mustard (new palette for the next cold season? Yes). Monochrome military trench coat and aviator jacket ensembles were followed by finely sequinned sparkly and fringed dresses, mini skirts with high splits, office pants with subtle snake pattern stripe on the side, dreamy floral dresses matched with military boots and high-heeled brogues.
Conclusion: wearable, colourful and beautifully crafted. Oh, and it can’t be too many trench coats in one’s closet, right?
Cover picture: Burberry.