London calling! After New York, it was time to head off to London, away from the snow, and whole new slew of shows to see. London had no shortage of it's own major moments - Disney movie inspired, politically charged, and snow bunny chic. See below for our top 5 moments!
If there has ever been a year to make a political statement on the runway, this was the year. Ashish Gupta took that chance and ran with it. Mexican boxing make-up, colours of the pride flag, nasty woman slogans, and twitter references were some of the most obvious elements. The twist on this collection compared to others, is the use of bright colours and sparkle clad pieces. This was the designers way of saying stay positive, shiny, and happy during a time that may feel the opposite.
This season Katantzou took a step back from her infamous mixed printed and patterned collections. In turn, her latest collection was inspired by Walt Disney's Fantasia. The original film was realeased in 1940, and the collection mimicked silhouettes, textures, and detailing originally from that era. To make it relatable for a modern day women she plays with interesting colour combinations, along with landscapes of the film fully visible on the clothing. A dreamy and different look from the designer.
A new turn in many directions for Burberry this season. Not only did designer Christopher Bailey shy away from the traditional Burberry trench coat, but also stepped aboard the see now buy now train. The collection shown was SS17, and was available for purchase as soon as the show ended. Items that might be on our shopping list? Any of the couture worthy capes (which Burberry was known for in the late 1800's) shown in the finale, the new take on the white shirt, and the deconstructed cable knit sweaters.
The set at Anya Hindmarch was the kind of Winter Wonderland we want to live in! A two-storey, pastel, faux mountain landscape was the platform for models dressed in Swedish inspired winter wear. You may need to stay inside your chalet to keep warm since most looks included shiny bloomers, knit rompers, and fuzzy sandals. To balance out the small bottoms you will find Nordicesque sweaters, beautiful wool coats, and all of the furry accessories you need, from hats to earmuffs and purses.
As we saw in New York, diversity on the runway was a direction many designers took. This continued on the Rocha runway in London. Rocha had models varying from women in their 20's, into their 60's. No matter who was walking down the runway, the mix of powerful victorian styles, to delicately embroidered dresses, delivered the designers message of strong but glamourous women, no matter what the age.