Whether it was Lady Gaga`s show-stealing headgear, or Mary Katrantzou`s pencil dresses you recall from the 2012 London Fashion week, it was a memorable affair. British brands and designers were more prominent than ever, due partly to the continued interest around the Duchess of Cambridge`s promotion of home-grown labels. Here are a few of the highlights which give us an idea of what to expect from the British fashion industry over the coming seasons.
It seemed the future had arrived with Philip Treacey`s collection of gold-noted military jackets and flamboyant accessories, most famously worn by Gaga herself. Opening the show draped in a see-through cerise cape and balancing on white platform boots, the popstar went on to upstage the catwalk from where she was seated with the designer on the front row, sporting Treacy`s floral wreath hat.
Elsewhere, Stella McCartney`s Mayfair show was a more understated affair, but still showcasing the continued strength of the peplum trend and her own take on the elegant tailored suit for women. Scottish designer Louise Gray wowed with pompom details and a fluorescent palette, indulging in the artistic and surreal with more magnificent millinery in the form of tightly-wrapped, reflective hairpieces.
The European crowd impressed with Swedish label ACNE showing bold fonts, structured trouser legs and a restricted palette of uniform greys and pristine white. But it was the Brits who ruled: classic brands like Mulberry going for chic in fabulous furs and feminine silhouettes, whilst Burberry Prorsum created a snowstorm with their winter collection of military coats, pencil skirts and peplum trims.
For Henry Holland, the party was where it was at; organising a vibrant show in a grimy London car park with the tie-dye and rave culture of the nineties as inspiration. Metallics, brocade, jewelled accessories and even batik made an appearance in this texture and tone-rich event. Mary Katrantzou clashed colours and prints, ruffles and hard angles to create her signature zany style, as well as casting everyday items like typewriters and telephones as well as the humble pencil in starring roles.
The spring show of 2012 certainly established British design as being at the fashion forefront once more and with the New York and Milan Fashion weeks happening right now, it will be interesting to see how they compare. In terms of innovation and exciting young designers, Britain seems to have it covered and it`s easy to recreate the latest looks at Couture Candy, proving that even the most outlandish designer stylings can be wearable for the streets.
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Photos by Angie Lagou: Photographer/ Artists/ Free Soul, from Houston based in Miami.
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