The Roundup: LFW Day Two

Catwalk Day 25Photography by style.com Words by Elizabeth Pollard

Art as fashion returned to the catwalk with graphic hand portraits in block colours and art-deco inspired prints at Holly Fulton’s (particularly un-wintery) AW14 presentation. Fulton brought femininity to the clothes with soft shapes in the form of box pleat skirts with fine knit sweaters and light figure skimming dresses. Soft and silky fabrics were balanced with long structured coats and bustier detailing. As always, Fulton delivered one of the most playful and yet wearable collections so far.

Catwalk Day 2Holly Fulton AW13

Day 2 of London’s presentations saw a far less consistent outcome, keeping fashion journo’s on their toes. Emilia Wickstead grabbed everyone’s attention with her good-girl-gone-bad gothic presentation. Tailored leather, matrix-style coats and snakeskin sat amongst her signature florals and citrus shades, however this time, bigger, more graphic and with an edge. Whilst Wickstead’s choice in print and fabric have changed, her signature silhouettes of mid length billowing skirts, elegant sleeve length and defining waistlines, helped remind you that this is still the elegant designer we grew to love.

Catwalk Day 22Emilia Wickstead AW14

This time much less of a surprise, Joseph’s mix of tailored wool, fringed leather and pussy bows all styled with beanies and chunky work boots indicate influence from the avant-garde East Village of New York. Sleeves drowning models hands, jogging bottoms and hooded jumpers are given a polished edge withstructured overcoats in luxe fabrics. Polo necks, once again, dominated this collection, however this time the collar was drawn out to create a wide neckline.

Catwalk Day 23Joseph AW14

JW Anderson’s obsession with shape was explored with what seemed to be a Japanese influence for AW14. The silhouette seemed to repel that of the natural form creating awkward blocks of fabric around the body; the only indication of femininity was the bustier detailing and drawn out v-shape neck lines. The choice of heavy cord and wool combined with earthy, organic shades added to the anti-womanly appeal but isn’t that what Anderson is all about?

Catwalk Day 24JW Anderson AW14

 

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