A look ahead to the AW16 fashion styles
PUBLISHED: 16:46 13 April 2016
I know, it’s only just warm enough to go bare-legged again, and here we are looking at AW16 already, but if you want to stay ahead of the fashion curve, read on
McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet sent their own fashion experts to London Fashion Week to bring Living Edge’s readers the inside scoop on what to expect from AW16...
The moody decadence of faded Seventies glamour: American Hustle meets Studio 54. From elegant to distinctly hedonistic, a Glam Rock aesthetic pervaded the shows this season - all mixed with low-key, downtown insouciance. Bianca Jagger springs to mind, all luxe fabrics and louche glamour, but having too much fun to care if her hem was dirty or there was a rip in her lace blouse. As always, London Fashion Week didn’t disappoint in bringing us unique design with an anarchist attitude, making us proud to be a part of the UK fashion scene.
In clothes terms this meant vintage-esque fabrics, from velvet to viscose-crepe, a plethora of heady prints, playfully fresh shapes and plenty of slinky knits (here’s looking at you Pringle) all wrapped up in London’s typically tongue-in-cheek humour. Fresh from her Christmas collaboration with McArthurGlen, Holly Fulton didn’t disappoint, once again offering surrealist geo-pop shapes, this time with vivid paisley patterns.
At Antonio Berardi chic Milanese girls with a defiant femme fatale air wore blood-red velvet with Goth-glamour inspired, criss-cross shoulders and luxe ruffles. Berardi deftly combines sweet with strong and his girls are nothing if not slickly, calculatedly, alluring. Venus flytraps indeed.
Meanwhile, at House of Holland, unashamedly sexy party girls rocked signature Twenties-meets-Seventies shapes, from flapper dresses with multi-coloured fringes to metallic bomber jackets worn with platform ankle boots in paint box rainbow hues. Saturday Night Fever never looked so hot, as Holland’s front row attested – Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof and Daisy Lowe – ‘they’re all House of Holland girls at heart’ added cool-kid-on-the-block Henry himself.
Add disco print leotards at SIBLING, plus those covetable metallic pleat skirts and shimmering viscose-crepe dresses at Markus Lupfer whose wistfully bohemian glam rock muse this season is ‘the girl who never sleeps’ - apparently too busy lounging moodily in her hand-embroidered skirt, pussy-cat bow blouse and studded leather jacket. As Jagger crooned, ‘Wild horses couldn’t keep me away’.