London Fashion Week is one of the biggest events in the fashion calendar. Here are five of the highlights from last week’s Spring/Summer 2017 shows.
Topshop debuts ‘see now, buy now’
Also trialled by the likes of Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop Unique introduced the ‘see now, buy now’ concept to its catwalk show. This meant that, rather than having to wait months for the SS17 collections to be released in store, guests were able to purchase the pieces immediately after the show.
Topshop Unique’s entire SS17 collection was put into early production, just over half of which was available to buy right after the runway show. The rest of the collection will be available to buy this November.
Charlotte Olympia’s fruit frenzy
With Samba singer and film star Carmen Miranda as her inspiration, Charlotte Dellal – who always puts on a show to remember - brought a wonderful display of colour to her Charlotte Olympia catwalk show in London's Sheraton Grand Hotel ballroom.
The venue was transformed into a 1940s cabaret bar and models took to the runway dressed as pineapples, strawberries, bananas and grapes. There was even a live performance from Brazilian singer, Bebel Gilberto.
Peter Jensen’s hair-scarves
With a makeshift greenhouse and plenty of beautiful flowers, Peter Jensen’s show setup certainly suited the spring and summer seasons. However, it was the unusual hairstyles that really got people talking about the show.
The models took on a look that subtly resembled scarecrows, and while some wore headscarves and straw hats, others wore their hair parted and tied up below their chins, creating what has now become known as the ‘hair-scarf. Jensen’s use of gingham print also added to the British countryside theme.
Christopher Kane challenges the credibility of the Croc
They’re probably the most widely ridiculed brand of footwear, but Christopher Kane brought Crocs to his SS17 LFW runway show anyway! His models took to the catwalk in the foam resin shoes complete with a fashionable twist – multi-coloured mineral stones. Teamed with florals and sheer black tights, the shoes were a lot less of a sight for sore eyes.
Johnny Coca’s back to school
There was a lot of attention on Mulberry, as the fashion house’s new designer, Johnny Coca, brought typically British school uniforms back to the forefront of fashion. Coca’s second collection to be presented at LFW went down a treat; the back to school look was presented in burgundy, navy and green, bold and striped, with satchels to boot.
LCCA will be holding their own fashion show on Tuesday 18 October, presenting the wonderful work of their fashion graduates. To find out what to expect, here is a round up from last year's graduate show.