Playing the name game in London is far from easy: So many cool young designers, so many unusual names, and less than a week to make sense of them all. It’s largely due to the aversion many Brit design talents have to being crafted into the sort of the fashion celebs we adore stateside. No worries; the clothes spoke volumes for themselves, as London dialed down the quirk, and turned out one of the most sophisticated seasons in recent years. See for yourself!
Theme: Urban Decay Morphing, melding, bricolaged, and (intentionally) breaking down, these looks told a story of cyber-grit girls and modern magpies.
Theme: Miss Manners Bodycons, leggings, and midriff tops be damned; the “Lady” confidently returned for FW 2013 in a parade of chic suits and coordinated separates--prim, poised and proper, as always!
Color: Cotton Candy Hope you’ve got a sweet tooth, cause pinkish hues ranging from bubblegum to Pepto Bismol were the counter-note of choice to grown up looks so popular in London for FW 2013.
Print: Rhythmic Nation Pattern marches to a graphic black-and-white beat, interpreted via a myriad of printed and woven techniques. We’re loving how these pieces will look next to nubby salt-and-pepper tweeds.
Print: Titanic Rose Buds were in full bloom upon London’s FW 2013 runways, with roses taking center stage. Just when you thought all the Valentine’s day hoopla had ended...
Material: Rubbermaid These spill-proof textures brought both a sense of “kink” and utility to London’s newest mix. Translucent versions left little--if anything--to the imagination.
Material: Henson's Herd In London, beast-fur textures--real, faux, and knit--went to Muppet lengths to make a statement for FW 2013. Cool shades of blue, mint, and lavender looked fresh and airy, but felt warm and cuddly.
Detail: Colder Shoulder Cold-weather interpretations of strapless necklines emerged as key for this season in London. We loved the way Giles tucked a satin blouse under a sheath-silhouette version.
Styling: It Takes Two Simple, chic sweaters “skirted” the issue with ease, as London designers offered up the ultimate no-fuss way to get dressed for the office next Fall.
Key Item: Beddy-Bye Just cause you’re “calling it a night” doesn’t mean you aren’t hitting the town. These Lanz-inspired maxi-dresses bring to mind Laura Ingalls, Jan Brady, and (of course) “Marcia-Marcia-MARCIA!” too.