Friday, September 23, 2011

London Fashion Week

Okay, so it is Friday morning and thanks to the cats waking me up at 4am, I am finally curled up in my comfy chair (with Jasper sleeping next to me) ready to tackle London fashion week. It's SO hard for me to look at London when Milan is already happening, but I'm weird about doing things in order.

London Fashion Week is a lot smaller than most of its counterparts, so catching up went pretty quickly. There were a lot of dresses inspired by menswear, some splashes of bold color, plenty of weird cut-out shapes, a few really interesting shows and a lot of forgettable ones.

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Okay, y'all, I actually liked the Burberry show, but this skirt? It looks almost exactly like the ones cast members at Disney's Wilderness Lodge have to wear. I'd show you a pic from the painful week I spent deployed there, but I haven't had $ to renew my Flickr Pro accout, so I can't get to it right now. But fo' real, in terms of shape, length and almost color, this is kind of terrifyingly similar.

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
This sweater was my favorite thing from the collection, which focused on "things that take time", like braiding, beading and crocheting. I like the mix of textures, something we haven't seen a zillion times before. Good color combo, too.

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

I liked the belts, but I was a little annoyed by them, too. At first I thought "Uh-oh, that model's belt is off center!" But then they all were. I want to fiixxxxxx it!

Jezebel did a much more amusing slideshow about this show than I can manage at 5am.


Christopher Kane Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Please don't let these shoes from the Christopher Kane show be a thing next Spring? They look like Crocs, and I'm fairly sure there is Velcro involved. Please, please no. (Must have been a nice break from blisters for the models, though.)


Clements Ribeiro Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

If the Clements Ribeiro collection was inspired by the designers' house, I want to go there. I love the print on this fabric! Not so much the dress itself, but mmm, the print.

Clements Ribeiro Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Also digging this sweater. But this is London Fashion Week, so maybe I should call it a jumper.

Clements Ribeiro Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

My beloved print reappears in even cuter form. Score!

Clements Ribeiro Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Very yes.

David Koma Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
This David Koma dress reminds me way too much of the red Versace dress that January Jones (I had to Google her name, but I totally remembered it was Versace.) wore to the Golden Globes. Still, it's cute and I like the hair, which is something I don't often say about a runway show.

David Koma Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
On the other hand, I loved this dress from the same show. It's a very classic shape, but without that "I've seen this a thousand times" feeling.


Emilio de la Morena Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

I know I whine about weird cut-outs in dresses being so popular, but I have to high-five Emilio de la Morena for applying this in a smart way. That area just below the bust is typically one of the most slender areas of a woman's body, but designers rarely seem to cash in on that. If the typical woman is going to feel comfortable showing skin, that's probably the area she'd go for. Thus, I like this.

Fashion East Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Dear Fashion East, WTF??? were you?? thinking?????

Fashion Fringe Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
London Fashion Week is trying to kill me. This look is by Fashion Fringe. WHAT HAS GONE WRONG HERE? Don't make your models Swiffer the runway with their feet, you guys!

Fashion Fringe Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

NOTHING ABOUT THIS IS OKAY, FASHION FRINGE!

Holly Fulton Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Despite Holly Fulton's claim that "Stupendous bad taste, it totally inspires me.", her collection was a freakin' breath of fresh air after those last two. Also, I seem to be obsessed with blue & orange right now.


Okay, whew. I've officially smooshed all of my favorites/least favs from the London shows into one post. Not bad for one morning, and oddly satisfying.

(All images via style.com)

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