The 3 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 2 of London Fashion Week

How to stand out in a packeddd fashion week calendar? Well this being London Town (i.e the place where things like sparkly gimp masks and blazers embellished with mirrors and pompoms are par for the course), the answer Sunday when the Topshop girl discovered Minimalism proved to be to reign it in--relatively speaking. Critics deemed Preen's rose-and-reptile splicework (rendered in soft pastels) a beautiful evolution, and felt Mary Katrantzou's cash prints really made the garden of art and commerce grow.
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How to stand out in a packeddd fashion week calendar? Well this being London Town (i.e the place where things like sparkly gimp masks and blazers embellished with mirrors and pompoms are par for the course), the answer Sunday when the Topshop girl discovered Minimalism proved to be to reign it in--relatively speaking. Critics deemed Preen's rose-and-reptile splicework (rendered in soft pastels) a beautiful evolution, and felt Mary Katrantzou's cash prints really made the garden of art and commerce grow.

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How to stand out in a packeddd fashion week calendar? Well this being London Town (i.e the place where things like sparkly gimp masks and blazers embellished with mirrors and pompoms are par for the course), the answer Sunday when the Topshop girl discovered Minimalism proved to be to reign it in--relatively speaking. Critics deemed Preen's rose-and-reptile splicework (rendered in soft pastels) a beautiful evolution, and felt Mary Katrantzou's cash prints really made the garden of art and commerce grow.

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Mary Katrantzou Designer: Mary Katrantzou

  • "Katrantzou deserves to make bank on her bank-note dresses, a stunning set of shimmering gowns that surely must also mark her debut as a red-carpet contender." {The Cut/

    New York Magazine}

  • "Mary Katrantzou pushed the envelope and put her stamp on it." {ELLEuk.com}
  • "Prints this intriguing must be handled with care, and this is where Katrantzou shows her greatest strength. ... Each pattern was so well placed and well thought out that the overall effect was graphic, crisp, and actually quite flattering." {fashionologie}
  • "Her new palette was fresh and light, but with the unusual subject matter--postage stamps and money--it still had Mary Katrantzou hallmarked all over it." {Grazia Daily Magazine}
  • "T[ook] a rich, cultured aesthetic and use[d] modern technology to make it into something more accessible." {The Guardian}
  • "Mary Katrantzou ... condens[ed] her riotous decoration on 3-D prints into a tightly focused graphic style. ... The result was striking, deceptively simple and in phase with the body in a way that Ms. Katrantzou has never managed before." {International Herald Tribune}
  • "Her hyper prints seemed more toned down this season as she dipped into the faded colors and patterns of postage stamps and currencies, like the old British pound note, that are no longer in circulation." {On The Runway/The New York Times}
  • "Looking at Mary Katrantzou's Spring 2013 collection makes a person go slack-jawed wondering how can she possibly design and execute print after awe-inspiring print, season after season." {Racked National}
  • "An absolute fashion tour de force. She's already proved she can make a ravishing print out of almost anything, and she has applied those prints to some extraordinary silhouettes, but form and content blended so effortlessly today that this felt like the point she'd been aspiring to since she started." {Style.com}
  • "The results were lovely, refreshing, wearable, and grown-up, from beginning to end. ... Put it this way: Going by the ecstatic audience reaction as it spilled out into the gardens of Bedford Square, she’ll be minting money with this collection." {Vogue.com}
  • "After last season's stunning drama, you couldn't help but wonder how this could go to the next level--but Katrantzou continually manages to add new layers and dimensions to simply surprise us and win us over. This felt fresh and clean." {Vogue.com UK}
  • "The aesthetic elements of international banknotes ... gave fresh currency to the designer’s signature prints, presented on white backgrounds." {WWD}

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Preen Designers: Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi

  • "A welcome return to London Fashion Week for design duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi." {The Cut/

    New York Magazine}

  • "This is the duo's first show in London after five years in New York and it crackled with originality." {The Daily Telegraph}
  • "It was the culmination of everything they had learned since showing in New York--concise, polished, desirable clothes, that well-balanced mix of pulse-racing fashion with real wearability that has become their trademark." {ELLEuk.com}
  • "Everything's coming up roses (and reptilian printed) at Preen, and the unlikely mix of the two have ushered in a collection defined by its excellence in exotic luxury." {FabSugar}
  • "Thanks to the sheer, soft fabric choices, the animalistic pieces had a touch of femininity that helped them play well with the girlie rose-prints and solid tailoring that brought the evolution full circle toward the end of the show." {fashionologie}
  • "Was the venue a comment on the fashion industry during a recession, where survival of the fittest is more acutely relevant than ever? Or was it just the perfect ultra-modern location to show off how the brand has evolved since it set off for the Big Apple in 2007?" {Financial Times}
  • "Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton came back with a super massive bang--and an elegant one at that." {Grazia Daily Magazine}
  • "Here’s to seeing how this couple evolves over the next 15 years." {Refinery29}
  • "There was precision in these silhouettes, in the crispness of a shirt or a wide, masculine-style kimono sleeve--little touches that mean so much when producing high-level fashion in such a competitive setting." {Style.com}
  • "They have the knack of making coherently wearable dresses, skirts, and shirts out of quite complex components like this season’s snake, crocodile, and stingray prints, and mixing them with Breton stripes before slicing and placing flounces and hemlines on diagonals." {Vogue.com}
  • "Fashion is an evolution. And this was an idea that Preen's Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi managed to distil so brilliantly in their return-to-London show this morning, which aptly took place at the Darwin Centre, a venue that simply couldn't have been more fitting and better named if it tried." {Vogue.com UK}
  • "Thornton and Bregazzi’s lighter, diaphanous fare offered a fresh, appealing take on a minimal aesthetic." {WWD}

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Topshop Unique Designer: Kate Phelan

  • "With Jourdan Dunn's first stride onto the runway in a striking white dress, we were off." {The Cut/

    New York Magazine}

  • "This was the day the Topshop girl became a woman." {The Daily Mail}
  • " ‘Celine for the masses’-style minimalism. But not without an added dose of Topshop fun." {ELLEuk.com}
  • "Pieces that felt modern and minimal, with just the right amount of sophisticated slouch." {fashionologie}
  • "There is no more potent symbol of fashion's new centre of gravity than the recent career trajectory of Phelan herself, who departed the rarefied post of Vogue fashion editor for Topshop, thus swapping access to the Chanel haute couture salons for the power to influence the wardrobes of millions of British women." {The Guardian}
  • "The most 'grown-up' look from the Unique label--but not necessarily the most dynamic." {International Herald Tribune}
  • "Light, clean and noticeably mature, next season's Unique offering may well entice the over-thirties back into Phillip Green's chain." {London Evening Standard}
  • "Explored more feminine, grown-up looks while somehow maintaining the brand’s trademark androgynous-chic aesthetic." {Refinery29}
  • "Casual, elegant, rich. Topshop may well be the ne plus ultra of fast fashion, but big sister is developing a look that lasts." {Style.com}
  • "Well, that was rather unexpected. After seasons of über-themed shows from Topshop’s designer label Unique, each one styled to a level that would make Lady Gaga look like a jeans–and–T-shirt kind of gal, next spring sees the label go all grown-up and polished, with nary a flash of neon, punk studding, or shredded denim in sight." {Vogue.com}
  • "It all looked refreshingly modern." {Vogue.com UK}
  • "This slick lineup was built on fabrics that revealed and concealed the body, all worked into insouciant, unstructured silhouettes." {WWD}