LONDON--Talk about texture blocking. In one of the final shows of London Fashion Week, Emilio de la Morena may have proved he is the king, using rectangular patches of shimmering fabric, tulle styled like macrame, and netted knits to give his fashion a distinct, squared-off look.
My personal preference leans towards de la Morena's spring collection, filled with sweet eyelet-punched leathers in Easter colors. But in terms of salability, fall wins. The stretchy pieces are more forgiving and, frankly, sexier. Particularly in noir colors like black, rouge, and eggplant.
London Spring 2011 was hands down my favorite fashion week ever. Shocked, are you? Once you feel the energy, see the masterful technique, and find yourself wide-eyed by the innovation, you'll understand where I'm coming from. Here are my ten favorites.
Additionally, I must send out a big thanks to Swarvoski, not only because they sponsored my trip to the UK, but also because they underwrote almost all of the very best shows at LFW. If not for them, some of these collection mightn't have happened.