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London Fashion Week AW15/16

Last week, the British capital kicked off its initial debut of the year by introducing the blossoming trends intended for its AW15/16 collections. With the frenzied events finally drawing to a close, London Fashion Week has witnessed the likes of numerous renowned designers such as Christopher Kane, Burberry, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Mulberry. All the while, in the midst of this sea of models and creative directors perched the much observed celebrities, receiving almost as much attention as the catwalk itself.

Sass and Bide presented its textured play on proportions and silhouettes in their Fall collection. Embellishments, sequins and foils littered the slightly masculine aesthetic of the oversized jackets, skinny metallic leggings and flowing capes and skirts. The functional layering of flattering shapes invented a tailored edge to the range, coinciding with the sophisticated palette of monochromes, beiges and metallic tones.

Diverging from this influence entirely, Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label launched its vibrant collection, living up to her trademark vivacious designs. The concept offered a political intake on consumption absorbing culture; an increasingly relevant view taken with the uprise in Green party supporters as the general elections grow ever closer. Exotic animal prints and fiery siren shades of red, orange and yellow mimic this theme, dueled with more sophisticated preppy elements in the tartan designs and tailored fits. Add a dose of off-beat character to your looks and shop the new Vivienne Westwood collection at Jules B here.

Paul Smith welcomed refreshingly wearable designs forged from his iconic tailored style. A relaxed, tomboy influence behind the duster coats and cropped, wide-leg fits gave the collection what Paul described as a ‘beefy’ edge – but certainly one we all wish to own come Autumn! The soothing earthy palette perfectly depicted a typical fall day, ensuring this show was truthful and on target. Grab a piece of the Paul Smith action with the new collection at Jules B here.

Paul Smith – “Really it was just about making nice clothes”

 London continued to spectate over their favourite designer’s interpretations of what AW15/16 can offer our closets, with each show demonstrating a unique understanding of what fall has is store. Julien Macdonald turned heads with strong bursts of colour erupting from his range of edgy and sultry designs against luxe silks and boastfull embellishments. Gothic undertones ran throughout the PVC fabrics and lace textures, with each new look emanating desirable qualities.

 Christopher Kane encompassed a series of crushed velvet layers and sheer fabrics rendered with lacy textures. Influenced by a course in life-drawing he staged for his team, he titled the collection “Lover’s lace” with “a sense of togetherness,” incorporating wafting ruffles and draped layers to emphasise the dimensions behind the series.

The action off the catwalk was teaming with socialising stars, all dressed to the nines with the understanding that their ensemble, like the models, would be documented and judged by both industry experts and viewers from the public. Amongst these groomed celebrities sat the likes of Sienna Miller, Alexa Chung, Michelle Dockery, Douglas Booth and Andy Murray with partner Kim Sears. The Tom Ford show proved to be the greatest hit with numerous well dressed celebs, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Scarlett Johansson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley braving the front row.