Words: Colin Chapman
London Fashion Week only ended half a week ago, but in the momentary, social media-propelled fashion world of today that could be like, oh, a whole season away at least. In an effort to dispel such throwaway attitudes, here are some of STREETS highlights of the week that was.
Graduate fashion shows in London have become a mainstay of the schedule, attended by editors as assiduously as any other event and London College of Fashion’s diverse MA exhibition and their womenswear runway show in particular kicked things off nicely with some world-class talent on display.
It’s clear that the muse who inspires most London’s designers is of a different breed to some of Europe’s demure inspirations – more St Trinian’s troublemaker, less Swiss finishing school.
From the brooding punkettes at Le Kilt’s Soho presentation, to Mimi Wade’s B-movie girls on motorcycles at Fashion East, to Sibling’s disco royalty claiming daytime for themselves as well, the London Girl kicks ass (if that doesn’t sound too much like a Kate Moss-sponsored tagline).
Disco had a second coming later in the week at Ashish’s show on Monday night, where the afros were colour matched to the hand-sequined frocks. The show was styled by Anna Trevelyan, who flitted through the week like a rainbow-hued embodiment of the city’s energy, having also styled those Mimi Wade biker girls and casually delivered a lunchtime talk on her role in the Machine-A boutique.
Milan may well have started with some big names already, but let’s just take a moment to appreciate some of what this gritty city has to offer.