The Topshop Unique show will be streamed live at 3pm London time.
The Topshop Unique show will be streamed live at 3pm London time.
Christopher Bailey presented his Burberry Prorsum Fall 2013 collection to a packed house at Kensington Gardens in London yesterday. As always, it was the hottest ticket for London Fashion Week.
Inspired by Burberry classics and Christine Keeler, the theme ‘Trench Kisses’ quickly made sense as models took to the runway wearing updated trench coats, some with sheer latex, and sweetheart prints.
It wasn’t all sweetness and light; there was an edgier side to the ‘Trench Kisses’ collection, with models wearing latex skirts with revealing panties, military-style coats, fringed leather skirts accented with grommets – which featured several times in this collection – python trench coats and plenty of animal-print pieces, which I’m sure we will see on the likes of Kate Moss.
After a selection of striped pieces, the collection moved on to eveningwear, something that Burberry doesn’t always present on the runway. We usually only get a glimpse of the brand’s eveningwear at major events, like the Met Gala or the BAFTAs.
Speaking of the BAFTAs, a white, shorter version of Anne Hathaway’s gown featured in this collection, alongside two black halter dresses with gold accents at the neckline. I hope to see full-length versions of both these dresses on the red carpet soon.
Key accessories included the ‘Crush’ bag, Kitten wedges, animal print sunglasses and gold band belts.
The show marked Burberry’s debut of Runway Made to Order, a service that offers custom-made outerwear and bags from the collection featuring personalised engraved nameplates. Runway coats and bags are now available for two weeks on Burberry.com, for delivery in just nine weeks.
Front Row: Tom Hooper, Kate Beckinsale, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Freida Pinto, Michelle Dockery, Olivia Palermo, Douglas Booth, Rita Ora, Tinie Tempah, Jake Bugg, Dan Gillespie-Sells, George Craig, Misty Miller and Victoria Pendleton
Who I See Wearing This Collection: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Freida Pinto, Michelle Dockery, Emma Watson, Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Kate Bosworth, Clemence Poesy, Laura Bailey, Poppy Delevigne, Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz, Kate Beckinsale, Kirsten Dunst, Melanie Laurent and Olivia Wilde
Considering there were so many ladylike pieces on display, I was surprised that Christopher Kane sought Frankenstein as inspiration for his Spring 2013 collection.
Pretty pink, yellow, white dresses, cardigans, skirt suits and jackets took to the v-shaped mirrored runway on Monday afternoon.
The twist was several of these pieces were accented with plastic nuts and bolts or electrical tape for a typically surprising twist which will delight the likes of Alexa Chung and Leigh Lezark, but for Christopher’s newest fan, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, there were über feminine pretty bow accents.
For those seeking something a lot tougher, Kane sent out models in floral-embossed biker jackets and for the daring the sheer dresses are sure to tantalise.
While there were no gowns, there were plenty of red carpet options. I see the fringed dress making an appearance on the red carpet along with several other pieces including the embellished finale pieces.
Models hair was slicked back into a high ponytail sporty a pale face with dark lower lid eye makeup.
Front Row: Alexa Chung, Leigh Lezark, Daisy Lowe, Poppy Delevingne
Who I See Wearing This Collection: Rooney Mara, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Alexa Chung, Anna Paquin, Elizabeth Olsen, Emily Browning, Andrea Riseborough, Freida Pinto, Chloe Moretz, Olivia Palermo, Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Jessica Alba, Ashley Olsen, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Yasmin Le Bon and Saoirse Ronan
The Erdem Spring 2013 show started with a selection of snakeskin prints, some accented with pretty blue lace.
Before I could get out my Blackberry to tweet that Erdem Moralioglu had turned his back on his signature florals, look seven’s blooming lace overcoat made me sigh with relief.
On a colour palette of pastel blue, lilac, lemon and pale pink, fit-and-flare ladylike dresses, high-neck tops and dresses with contrasting collars, dresses with sheer overlays, jackets worn over the shoulder, cigarette pants and skirts were adorned with beautiful floral appliqués.
The pieces which really stood out where the ones with striking neon blooms.
Key accessories included lace or floral printed Nicholas Kirkwood chunky platforms, bug-eye sunglasses and driving gloves in lace or snakeskin.
The fresh-faced models’ hair was pulled back into a tight chignon with a touch of orange applied only to the bottom lip.
Front Row: Anna Wintour, Alexa Chung, Michelle Dockery and Caroline Sieber
Who I Would Like To See Wearing This Collection: Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Nina Dobrev, Miranda Kerr, Keira Knightley, Nicole Kidman, Anna Wintour, Kate Bosworth, Camilla Belle, Ashley Greene, Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana and Nicole Kidman
There is a good chance Antonio Berardi was inspired by the 2012 London Olympics this season for his Spring 2013 collection.
Antonio’s sports luxe collection with a sophisticated twist featured plenty of layers, so it will be interesting to see how these looks are interpreted on the red carpet.
On a bold colour palette of neon pink, electric blue with shades of lemon, beige and grey, the designer presented signature tuxedo jackets paired with chic shorts or flared-hem dresses with crossover patchwork panelled bodices and cut-out backs.
Blouses with tails fluttered as the models stormed the runway. Peplums were supersized, jackets were well tailored, pants were fitted and the twelve embellished looks which closed the show delighted the magpie in me.
Even with a heavy mix of sporty looks, the designer didn’t turn his back on his celebrity fans as he incorporated plenty of red-carpet looks with fitted or loose silhouettes, dramatic peplums and sequin details which have BDOTW potential.
Key accessories included Manolo Blahnik for Antonio Berardi strappy sandals and colourful wristlets.
Gucci Westman gave the models a clean, fresh, natural look using Revlon products, while Orlando Pitta used John Frieda products to give the models a sleek side-parted twisted ponytail.
Front Row: Olivia Palermo, Noomi Rapace and David Gandy
Who I See Wearing This Collection: Olga Kurylenko, Emma Stone, Brooklyn Decker, Eva Mendes, Freida Pinto, Elizabeth Banks, Maria Sharapova, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Amber Heard, Noomi Rapace, Anna Friel and Cameron Diaz