The 4 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 2 of London Fashion Week

What's the buzz from across the pond? On the second day of London Fashion Week, those designers who got everyone talking went their own very eccentric way--whether that be upcycling at Christopher Raeburn, haute frayed denim at Marques’Almeida, wacky knits at Sister by Sibling, or racing sophistication at Thomas Tait.
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What's the buzz from across the pond? On the second day of London Fashion Week, those designers who got everyone talking went their own very eccentric way--whether that be upcycling at Christopher Raeburn, haute frayed denim at Marques’Almeida, wacky knits at Sister by Sibling, or racing sophistication at Thomas Tait.
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What's the buzz from across the pond? On the second day of London Fashion Week, those designers who got everyone talking went their own very eccentric way--whether that be upcycling at Christopher Raeburn, haute frayed denim at Marques’Almeida, wacky knits at Sister by Sibling, or racing sophistication at Thomas Tait.

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Christopher Raeburn Designer: Christopher Raeburn

  • "Christopher Raeburn is somewhat of an outerwear specialist, known for his eye-popping, lined-and-blocked nylon parkas. For autumn, that signature found success in a more refined vein, with an opening duffel coat in on-trend gray plaid and a zig-zag iridescent bronze bomber." [Artinfo]
  • "Raeburn had the genius stroke of using Teflon to make the clothes--which of course included his trademark parka alongside plenty of other outerwear options--rain-resistant. Sporty, quirky and a little bit gorgeous, Raeburn's ship is sailing strong." [

    The Daily Telegraph]

  • "It was a hard-to-define, barely there change, but it was also noticeable in the details of certain garments, like a toggle coat with a capelike shoulder, and it augured well for the future." [Style.com]
  • "Kudos to Raeburn for sustaining his sustainability policy, and for branching out into accessories—like the cap and backpack that match that checked fabric." [Vogue.com]
  • "What's the most interesting thing about Raeburn is function comes first but it's always pulled off with fashion results." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "Outerwear is Raeburn’s specialty, and his “defensive” theme yielded impeccable military blousons paired with pencil skirts in matching fabrics, or sharply cut tartan duffle coats with matching backpacks." [WWD]

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Marques’Almeida Designers: Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida

  • "Marques'Almeida, the fledgling and brilliant sportswear line designed by Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, saw a maturation in fabrics and silhouette for autumn." [Artinfo]
  • "This season, Marques Almeida set her a challenge to walk up the red carpet. Out of her denim comfort zone, she keeps her edge in frayed silk dupion--oversized trousers worn with a ponyskin biker jacket." [

    The Daily Telegraph]

  • "Today saw Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida continue their love affair with all things 90′s. Confidently evolving their sophisticated take on grunge they combined baggy skater silhouettes in raw silk with lean layered pony hair, whilst also managing to make triple frayed denim look like a very viable option for autumn/winter 13." [i-D Online]
  • "Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida have been developing that shredded-edge technique since they were at Central Saint Martins, working toward their master’s degrees under Professor Louise Wilson. What she teaches is the fashion version of 'To thine own self be true.' ... There’s no fast-track to fame and fortune in this industry, but funnily enough, in our era of oversaturation of imagery, having one message, one product—and sticking to it—can earn a designer a nice little niche." [Vogue.com]
  • "Today it really came together for a collection that moved them on leaps and bounds and made us think that yes, actually wearing skirts over trousers was and is once again going to be a good idea (let the idea sink in a bit, take a look at this collection and then you'll be sold)." [Vogue.com UK]

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Sister by Sibling Designers: Joe Bates, Cozette McCreery, and Sid Bryan

  • "Enormous knitted hats, floral crochet ponchos and super-sized knitted body stockings appeared on the catwalk at Sister by Sibling in one of London Fashion Week's most outlandish moments so far." [

    The Daily Mail]

  • "Repeat the question: is fashion art? Who's going to disagree?" [Dazed Digital]
  • "With show notes name checking Paula Yates as their inspiration, Katie Grand on styling and Cara Delevingne opening the show we knew we were in for a treat this rather dreary Saturday morning. Sister by Sibling are known for their pack-a-punch knits and this season was no different." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "Knits! Knits? KNITS! That could have been a familiar story from Sister by Sibling, where the trio of designers from one family turned for inspiration to the cool but self-destructive Paula Yates, the late wife of the singer and activist Bob Geldof." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "Immensely desirable yet wittily subversive feminine pieces." [Style.com]
  • "It was big and it was bold--although the hair may have been bigger--with their signature leopard print playing out in red and black. This is a way to brave the elements with a smile." [Vogue.com UK]
  • " A punk spirit came through via print motifs: wallpaper flowers mixed with big black dots and embroidered with clear plastic sequins; red and black leopard prints and stripes; and a vandalized portrait of Marie-Antoinette adorning the front of a ribbed sweater." [WWD]

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Thomas Tait Designer: Thomas Tait

  • "Tait may be young, but he knows exactly what he’s doing. ... [H]e makes really beautiful, really exciting clothes." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "Thomas Tait’s SS13 turtle power collection was unbelievably good. Bold, clean and genuinely career-defining, he gave editors what they never knew they wanted, and left them gagging for it." [i-D Online]
  • "Tait's collection was incontrovertibly built for speed. This was a confident outing for Tait—a very focused show that interpreted racing apparel in a pretty literal way but, nevertheless, made it convincing as fashion." [Style.com]
  • "It's utility, it's uniform, austere and slick and quite the palette cleanser." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "[A] fast, furious and exhilharating collection." [

    WWD]