Monday, September 27, 2010

Spring 2011 Fashion Week: London

Moving right along to London Fashion Week.  Honestly, this is my least favorite of the four...I can never seem to get excited about the London shows.  It doesn't help that this season Burberry Prorsum, my usual favorite from London, was a huge disappointment.  Christopher Bailey showed one dated, tacky look after another, so Burberry remains absent from this post.  My favorites for Spring 2011 were Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, and Matthew Williamson.

So many designers shy away from pretty, feminine looks for spring in hopes of being fresh and unpredictable.  Jonathan Saunders instead wisely sticks with what works--crisply tailored, feminine clothes in a bright spring pallette.  He showed preppy, wearable looks, and beautiful shoes to boot.  Women will want to wear these clothes.


Christopher Kane worked with classic ladylike shapes, subverting them with eye searing neon and laminated lace (perhaps a little reminiscent of Proenza Schouler).  The collection really comes to life with his printed numbers, which are all trimmed out in neon, of course.  The result is a beautiful, interesting collection--my favorite from London.

Matthew Williamson is a master of the slightly psychadelic print.  I am a sucker for a good print, so I love this guy.  My favorites from his spring collection were the fringed numbers and flowy boho printed gowns.  Hopefully we'll see some of these pieces on Matthew's muse, Sienna Miller.

Next stop...Milan!

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