The 3 Most Buzzed About Shows From Days 1 and 2 of London Fashion Week

It's raining nonstop and the design innovation is breathtaking, so you know Report Card must be in London Town. On the opening days of the British Fashion Council's fashion week, critics were particularly jazzed about upcycling master Christopher Raeburn's new feminine polish, kicky knitwear player Sister by Sibling's tweaked denim, and wunderkind J.W. Anderson's subversive cardigans. Click through to see exactly what they were all buzzing about.
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It's raining nonstop and the design innovation is breathtaking, so you know Report Card must be in London Town. On the opening days of the British Fashion Council's fashion week, critics were particularly jazzed about upcycling master Christopher Raeburn's new feminine polish, kicky knitwear player Sister by Sibling's tweaked denim, and wunderkind J.W. Anderson's subversive cardigans. Click through to see exactly what they were all buzzing about.

Christopher Raeburn, J.W. Anderson, Sister By Sibling

Christopher Raeburn, J.W. Anderson, Sister By Sibling

It's raining nonstop and the design innovation is breathtaking, so you know Report Card must be in London Town. On the opening days of the British Fashion Council's fashion week, critics were particularly jazzed about upcycling master Christopher Raeburn's new feminine polish, kicky knitwear player Sister by Sibling's tweaked denim, and wunderkind J.W. Anderson's subversive cardigans.

Click through to see exactly what they were all buzzing about.

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Christopher Raeburn Designer: Christopher Raeburn

  • "Sustainable design, functionality and material re-appropriation are his bag. And we can only admire him for the uncompromising clarity of his vision. His SS14 offering is very Raeburnish." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "With a confident big catwalk debut, the designer with utility at the heart of his DNA took standard issue outdoor gear and gave it a feminine twist with drawstring nylon shift dresses, mesh panelled sweatshirts and pants, as well as prints that looked like they had been lifted from ordinance survey maps of very rough terrain." [FT.com]
  • "Be it combat or cocktail hour, Christopher Raeburn’s got you covered." [NOWFASHION]
  • "This was Raeburn's most elevated and polished-looking womenswear collection by a long shot, and piece for piece there wasn't a bad look." [Style.com]
  • "Clearly not wind, nor rain, nor sun-scorched desert can stop this designer from having fun." [Vogue.com]
  • "Since he launched his eponymous label in 2008, Royal College of Art graduate Christopher Raeburn has made a name for his outerwear--and he's won us over with it time and time again. This afternoon, however, he added a good dose of finesse to the mix." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "The collection was filled with stripped-down classics such as lightweight military-inspired dresses and coats with patch pockets and drawstring waists, while fluttery, shiny fabrics lit up other utilitarian silhouettes." [WWD]

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J.W. Anderson Designer: John Anderson

  • "J.W. takes sex and turns it into something medicinal." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "There was a minimal 90s feels to the clothes, but they were anything but simple." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "Sheer dresses elasticated to chop up the body in a variety of unflattering ways, pleated leather bunched into hobbling skirts--paired with breast-revealing squares of cellophane-like organza – and ruched flesh-coloured crepe dresses that conjured up the after effects of dramatic weight loss." [FT.com]
  • "Anderson is a conceptual designer for sure but this work was not tortured. That and a level of expertise that is impressive given his relative youth makes his a name to watch." [Grazia Daily]
  • "With show notes referring to wipe clean table cloths, Vileda supermops and takeaway boxes, the detritus of a kitchen was in focus. In Anderson's hands, though, they were anything but everyday. He dubbed them 'avant-bland.'" [The Guardian]
  • "As the press release rightly disclaims 'motifs of the collection are to be found through feeling.' It is the irrationality that resonates with our times and makes JW Anderson the alluring mind game that is hard to resist." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Femininity has been redesigned with a futuristic edge." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "At this point, it's reasonable to expect J.W. Anderson to advance the technical and formal aspects of his brand by leaps each season; what made this outing such a wonderful surprise was that he stretched himself in terms of mood and point of view. You could even say it was a surprise analogous to a whole month of English sunshine." [Style.com]
  • "It was beautiful, even touching on the poetic in parts—textured geometries in corrugated pleats and embossed herringbone pleather, transparencies bisected with elasticated gathers, delicately draped and ruched chiffon suspended from thread-fine halters." [Vogue.com
  • "Above all else, it was a collection that cemented this young designer’s position--the fact that he is only in his twenties is remarkable." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "There were great moments of strange beauty, often quite wearable, too." [WWD]

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

  • "On a grey, drizzly morning an injection of Sister by Sibling was just what was needed. Never knowingly understated, Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery turned their attention this season to the waspy housewives of post-war American suburbia. With blown-out bouncy hair the girls sported twin sets and pencil skirts and cropped, boxy jackets--but they were anything but prim." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "Sister by Sibling is a London label that likewise plays on its cool party crowd connections, but also manages to come up with some surprisingly commercial pieces in the process." [FT.com]
  • "While each of Sister's scrumptious confections were saccharine sweet on the surface--from the pink swimsuits through to the hand crocheted fringed skirts, rosette embellished jackets and classic shell tops and pencil skirts--each carried a London-friendly undertone of breakaway spirit beneath." [Grazia Daily]
  • "Echoed Anderson's wipe-clean aesthetic." [The Guardian]
  • "Yes, it's new-wave knitwear that these NEWGEN winners built their brand on, but this season they developed a capsule line of Fifties-tinged denim and jersey too." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "A perky ode to Fifties housewives, bringing to mind Tupperware parties in the suburbs." [WWD]