LFW: The Recap

Leandra Medine | September 22, 2011

Well, well, well, look at the time! It’s already Fashion Week in Milan and while I still recover from New York and a quick but magical trip to Paris, this cut-throat industry waits for no one! No one, I tell ya. That said, just yesterday was the first time I’d had the chance to check back at London and take a peek and what those runways forecast. In simplest and most broad terms, it looks like Easter eggs are no longer reserved only for Easter. Oh no, instead their hues are making paseltastic way onto many a garment likely hitting the top of your wish-list come Spring. Like in New York, collections read wearable and often still covetable, nothing was particularly out of the ordinary and as far as favorites are concerned, I don’t suppose you’d ask a mother to choose her favorite child (unless you played the very Nazi soldier that tormented Sophie in Sophie’s Choice,) and so why ask me? I know, I know, I asked it. Not you. Sass and Bide is the answer too. I’m a bad mother. 

But I still have a fairly decent concept of what tickles my fancy and aside from the spacey culottes and but another splash of orangutan, holy head, the models at Acne have reversed–dyslexic, if you will–ombre! There’s a beauty trend to try at home that doesn’t include sticking your head in a toilet bowl to perfect to Alexander Wang look. 
Jonathan Saunders sure hopped on the pastel train with his flimsy silks and chic midi dresses. This particular collection stood out not only because of its wearability but because I was surprised to see not a single pair of pants shown. I can get behind a man continuously trying to bring modesty and simultaneous femininity back. Besides, would you say no to polka-dot on polka-dot? [Cue far left.] Didn’t think so.
And while on the subject of sartorially sealing generational gaps, no Christopher Kane show should ever go un-noted. This particular print was reminiscent of a certain Girl Power era that both speak well to a 60s resurgence and, you know, the Spice Girls proverbially living on in high fashion designer threads.
At Matthew Williamson, my ongoing speculations about orange are proven correct. Again. I really love when I’m right but even that aside, there’s something very Stella McCartney about what’s staring us in the eye. Nevermind that though, applause is due for more use of feathers, an ombre gown, and…Dree Hemingway. Trade ya surnames?
Mulberry was kitschy. Beehive hair not to be mistook for an ode to Snooki’s bump it, a live puppy and while not photographed above, a wide collection of monochromatic pastels covered the show. I chose to include the middle look because the notion of a utility jacket over a floral flimsy maxi not unlike what’s photographed here makes me smile far and wide. It’s a look that won’t get old and that is cause for celebration. 
A smart use of vibrant color that perfectly compliments acrylic accents and clean, sleek polished off hair buns win the favorite child award, behold: Sass and Bide. Mullets, metallics, geometric shapes. That’s the key to my heart, you see. It’s always nice to see a series of collections go one way and then let yourself sit slack jawed while you watch another continue on a very different route.
One last look for good measure and guess what? I’d wear it. Embellished crystals and beads as tatas, sequined shoulder blades and well, stomach central limbs dressed up really well get an A in the look book of my life. Man Repeller, though? Perhaps so. Perhaps not. But as I’ve mentioned, this is about good fashion before it is anything else. And this my friend, is good fashion.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00273240945488877081 Gorete Sousa

    Great Post!!! lovely


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18132054624383576818 Giraffes on heels


  • http://politicallyfashionable.com/ politicallyfashionable.com

    Great Post !!!! Thnaks for writing it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13341268299338557965 shu84

    Lovely colors:) http://shu84.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12347329353442093349 Michelle Lee

    Amazing all 🙂


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10083709968500243900 Christina Williams

    So chic. I really love the orange pieces!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13248457257839392171 Nuit

    I'd wear it too 😉 good fashion indeed!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04588215135554425458 CK

    I would definitely wear almost everything pictured. I love the Matthew Williamson pieces. Feathers have always been a weakness of mine.



  • http://www.closetcravings.com Closet Cravings

    The Mulberry looks are very man-repeller. I'm especially lovin' the first look. Yellllllow. Sandals and socks – got to love it. =)
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10147568168250249943 thestyleflux

    The clothes get better and better every season 🙂

    xx Kaye

  • https://openid.aol.com/opaque/befdb03c-e525-11e0-a37f-000bcdcb5194 befdb03c-e525-11e0-a37f-000bcdcb5194

    really enjoyed christopher kane and sass & bide <3

    love, shannon

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14841674716381885256 NICOLE

    love the sass and bide!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16641463060906446733 The Annachrist

    Look how ugly those shoes are on that Kane outfit with the magically awesome flower shirt! WTFFFFF genius.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07108090369996816044 DH Hunter

    I'm channeling Christopher Kane and Matthew Williamson as we speak. xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05659796932666602271 Carolina Sundell

    Sass and Bide strong colors and very polished!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15208662102976765730 Meena Dhuga

    such a cool post! love it.


    Meena ♥

  • http://ifshakespeareworestilettos.blogspot.com/ EVIE

    Oh my, that orange Williamson dress is beautiful! And from what I've seen of the Mulberry collection, I'd give up most of my limbs for all of it, gorgeous.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 Trips & Treasures

    It's so nice to get a little overview, thanks 🙂

    I think I agree on you with Sass and Bide being the coolest from these here, love the colors

    new post : shopping in Porto

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841237588940938787 Lydia

    I love the Matthew Williamson looks, and that last one from Sass and Bide! I'd wear that shit too.

  • http://wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com lucillejoy

    I loved and posted about Matthew Williamson, Mulberry and Sass & Bide also the other day! And also chose a fair few of the same looks as you, on the same wave length with LFW obviously! Great round up


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13832722198929425521 Sunshine

    I am in love with the very last dress! Wow! I need crystals on my ta-tas!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08686129952175366655 Jackie

    I usually do not wear bold colors, however I simply adore The Orange dress by Matthew Williamson. Sass and Bide the colors are Gorgeous! stunning Colors!! Beautiful! Great post!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07617887318677859522 Camille Beaudet

    Love these. And OMG the new banner, Alex, Thakoon and Prabal. I'm in love.


    xx Camille

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

    So glad pastels are making a comeback. And the embellishments totally stole my heart.

    ♥, Jamie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09326305430649970505 Evainny

    This is a great post! Thanks for sharing.

    Evainny´s Fashion diary blog:

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09716778812344201983 ChangeTheCut

    cristopher kane's collection is amazing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16564721314107855361 Sleepy Darlings

    Yeah Christopher Kane made me wonder what age is too old to cover things in flower stickers…? Because I'm feeling the urge for the first time since middle school.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06709873771995569348 May

    Love that final look- just enough of the avant-garde. And who am I to say no to the tata beading?!

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  • Anonymous

    you're a delight to read

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03526175179775382872 Angela

    My faves EVER! Go the Aussie girls xxx

  • Anonymous

    great post. but a general question: why no lessons on womanrepelling? i'm sure your male readers would much appreciate it!

  • http://raspberry-rouge.com Raspberry & Rouge

    So beautiful! Especially love the color palette in the first few! Happy friday!

    XO Rebecca


  • http://teresasglobaladventures.wordpress.com/ Teresa

    Love it! You make me wish I could wear orange, although sadly I can't. My favourite is the Christopher Kane dress, although I am not yet convinced by the shoes.. clearly I would need to up the stakes in the Man Repeller department!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07171822858815419294 clara spencer-phillips

    MAN I love that Mulberry show!

  • http://www.kertzonfashion.tumblr.com Kertz on Fashion

    Love it all and your reviews are always the best. Acne and Mulberry were my favorite.



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15157331294725300872 jas

    matthew williamson! wow!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03981250762014869455 Angela Wipf

    i was thinking the same thing about the last look from the sass & bide show when i watched it, totally sexy and man-repelling simultaneously…and those neongreen necklaces were ahmazing. btw, i watched the rebecca minkoff video on youtube and you looked hottt! (sorry, too sexy to be man-repelling)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17424748358805092051 monkey + pig

    love the mathew williamson looks! hugee fan


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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07417846941269377562 Miss Mellie

    I love the last dress! So pretty!

  • http://www.assiere.com Letitia

    That embellished little number is amazing?!


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