Monday, September 16, 2013

Sampling the Style at London Fashion Week

This week sees the end to 2013's London Fashion week. And what a week it's been! With new collections from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Kane and Alice Temperley, fashionistas everywhere have been treated to a mixed bag of new styles and selections for the new season. Here are some highlights according to Luxe Models.

Vivienne Westwood put on a stunning show as ever, with an opening dance number from Lily Cole. In conjunction with the launch of Westwood's new Red Label, Cole performed an interpretive version of The Red Shoes, draped in a Grecian-style gown, reminiscent of Kate Bush circa Wuthering Heights. Cole wowed the audience with her performance, proving once again that there's a lot more to her than just a pretty face. Models took to the catwalk caked in thick, white face make-up giving them, to quote Westwood herself, that "animal-in-the-headlights" look.  The Red Label focusses largely on climate change, with many of the t-shirts on show sporting climate-related slogans. Nature themes run throughout the collection and are paired with the classic Westwoodian styles, namely loud floral prints and modernised period cuts. These were very practical, wearable pieces. In the audience, long-time Westwood fan Paloma Faith sat, dressed in a striking tartan trouser suit with her signature bundle of gorgeous, flaming hair perched atop her head. She was joined by upcoming Hollywood favourite, Anna Kendrick, who also paid homage to Viv, sporting a yellow and purple tartan pencil skirt.

On the subject of fashion, Westwood stated that people ought to be more careful when they make their purchasing choices, buying for quality rather than quantity, selecting one very well-made piece instead of six cheaper items, for example.

Favourite of the Middleton sisters, Alice Temperley showcased what she does best with her new collection that fully embraces the theme of romance. Inspired by the essence of Sicily, Temperley offers up some super feminine, knee-length dresses in blacks, whites and striking fushia. There were also some beautifully flowing gowns complete with classic Temperley embellishments.

In terms of celeb favourites, it seems no one can quite pull a crowd like Henry Holland. With Daisy Lowe, Harry Styles and Pixie Geldof in the front row to see what was on offer, this was the perfect place to spot a sleb! They were joined by Alexa Chung, who had, thankfully, ditched the fitted Jonathan Saunders PVC prom dress she chose to wear for a Longchamp party earlier this week.

Don't know about you, but we're certainly looking forward to these styles hitting the high streets so we can get our hands on a piece of the action! But maybe Ms Westwood does have a point and we should make an effort to treat ourselves to just a few really special pieces rather than a huge number of things we probably don't need.