Christopher Kane loves the gloomy autumn weather that comes with LFW; Alexa Chung loves sharing the shows from every angle with her 1.9m Instagram followers, and I love seeing the designer's plans for the next season unravel.
I spent the weeks leading up to fashion week working at AnOther Magazine and intently peering in at the reality of what editors and journalists endure. Looking back with a smile, here are five LFW shows that particularly resonated with me.
PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI
Winter’s dip into monochrome is boldly steered into spring/summer as Preen serve the slickest black and white garments. Slick hair, baby hairs and a middle parting: Preen’s girls modelled how summer’s hair style should be tackled. Thornton Bregazzi tapped into a fuss-free styling which excited me greatly. When you're firmly into your third year of uni you seek the simplistic; the easy-to-wear. And Preen served up just that.
A rush of nostalgia invaded the show as jelly shoes made their unexpected return. Shoes which defined my infant years and long summers in Italy are back again for their steady return. Now with a point, you can relive your childhood and embrace them daily.
Kate Phelan seduced us at Topshop with sixties inspired polkadot playsuits, midi leather coats and letterbox-red lipstick. Topshow's show never fails to entice me: the wild gathering of editors, celebrities and social attention only seems to grow larger each show (what with navy blue bowed shoes and a flurry of polka dots I don't know why it wouldn't garner so much attention).
Tapping into their usual youthful aesthetic, the excitement I get from watching the show is almost childlike. Long-lean legs and tailored shirts set the scene for the season ahead and demonstrated how smart, easy and sartorial dressing can be mastered.
Kane- doing his thing again- boldly steered the direction of next summer. The Central Saint Martins graduate certainly wooed me over with his longer-length take on summer dresses (because a mini gets boring right?).
Here again we see the return of the jelly-like sandal. Flat, buckle-up and candy-coloured: these shoes are a kids dream- and our reality. And of course Kane is known for not just stopping at one hue- infuse pinks with yellows and bright bursts of vivid blue. Who said it was only preschoolers that could play with colour?
And like Preen, the middle parting is a bold player of the game. Scrape your hair behind your ears, embrace your baby hairs and don't bother applying makeup.
Can we please just take a moment to appreciate this dress? Intricate, detailed, hand-finished: it's this season's most beautiful love story. With frayed matching shoes, next season's two-piece is an insured player. And with a cinched-in waist, deep red scattered flowers and green vines travelling up the dress, Erdem found inspiration lingering in the traditional Italian gardens.
So utterly varied from the other shows- and taking a subtle nod at Dolce and Gabbana- I wish I could find the excuse to wear this gown.
Choppy bobs, ultra-long tailored jumpsuits and enviable subtle jewellery: Roskanda Illincic proved again why she rules at bold graphic collection's. Wooden floor with white squares mimics that of a school sports centre, and made me miss my infant years as assemblies were held in the heating-less sports centre.
If anything, Roksanda is showing us that jumpsuits are the new dresses: billowing cuts, new lengths and prints we all envy are sure to quickly overtake dresses next season. Roksanda gets me excited for spring more than any other designer. She embraces cuts and colour like no other and shows no fear when it comes to experimentation. Thanks to her fearless creating, I now have a plan for how to tackle next season's wardrobe.