Following the success of New York Fashion Week, London’s catwalks were graced with the spring/summer ’14 collections from some of our favourite home grown talent. A strong focus on contemporary design, collections hinted at past era’s and nostalgia in fresh and bold colour palettes. Floral patterns are seen scaling from small to oversized prints, giving the collections a strong seasonal feel. The blazer makes a return as an essential statement jacket fusing classic tailoring with feminine aesthetics, sport luxe silk bomber jackets offer a casual alternative. Similar to New York tonal colour palettes were seen across the London Fashion Week catwalks, with pastel colours remaining a popular choice. Preview our favourite designers below and shop their autumn/winter collections now at Jules B.
Markus Lupfer cleverly takes inspiration from youthful nostalgia, referencing the teenage bedroom with silky patchwork shift dresses and matching two pieces made up from hundreds of floral photographs taken himself. The striking floral prints are complemented by tonal greys and whites, not forgetting the now trans-seasonal pastels. Hints of teen attitude are seen with his signature slogan jumpers and t-shirts displaying ‘Loser’ and ‘Meow’. The kitsch kitten design is repeated throughout the collection in dresses and skirts, with his cute kitten muses playing a starring role in the photoshoot.
The spring/summer women’s collection from Paul Smith epitomises the fusion of masculine and feminine design. Featuring high waisted tailored trousers worn with boyfriend blazers and blouses revealing the chest for a sophisticated yet sexy look. Oversized prints are seen across the collection in contrast checks and the signature spring floral, the daffodil. The mostly tailored collection is softened with hints of the 60’s with boxy shift dresses and the 70’s with flowing maxi dresses. Bold blues and corals are contrasted with sleek whites and new addition to the spring palette, black.
Vivienne Westwood Red Label
The Vivienne Westwood Red Label collection sees her iconic designs with a spring makeover. Beautifully cut floral dresses are a feminine contrast to the androgynous silky trouser suits styled with signature painted faces and messy hair. The climate t-shirt worn under a brocade corseted dress represents Westwood’s Climate Revolution campaign. To begin the show model Lily Cole performed a conceptual dance to express her involvement in the Environmental Justice campaign.