London Fashion Week: Top Trends

Little mouse, little mouse where have you been?

I’ve been to London to visit the Queen.

From the coveted New York Fashion Week, I took a trip over to England for London Fashion Week. While models and fashionistas checked-in at airports, I did my checking-in online to see what the British had to offer. Compared to the other major fashion cities like New York, Milan and Paris, London is not very known for sleek  splendour designs. Therefore  London can be considered the underdog of the major fashion capitals as they tend to take a more comical theatrical approach to fashion.

However that outlook on fashion is changing, as some designers over the last few years have been adding versatility to their collections as the public is looking to buy wearable designs. But there were still those traditional designers and this lead to a mixture of tastes showcased in the collections with strong pop, prim and punk influences. At the end of the week it was evident that even though fashion is evolving in England, the designers stayed true to themselves to their tailored roots despite the present evolution of their  fashion.

This year, during the various shows of London Fashion Week, tradition looks were still holding onto the throne but it was quite clear that there were strong trends going around. There were plenty of  black and white designs going around, designers opted  for the relaxed loose-fit, flowing look and even though there were many  bold prints. However most designs had a  minimalism look approach showing that sometimes less is more. Here are some looks that were trending amongst the designers:

Black

Temperley London, Osman, Heohwan Simulation

Fashion Fringe, Yifang Wan, Emilio de la Morena

White

Julien Macdonald, Temperley London, Willow

Simone Rocha, J Js Lee, Christian Blanken

Loose-fit

Jean-Pierre Braganza, Paul Smith, Jasper Conran

Das, Vivienne Westwood, Maria Grachvogel

Tom Ford, Julien Macdonald, Das

Bold Prints

Maria Grachvogel, Mary Katrantzou, Antoni

Louise Gray, Belle Sauvage, Jean Pierre Braganza

Ekaterina Kukhareva, Michael van der Ham, Peter Pilotto

Traditional Theatricals

John Roca, Giles

Dans la Vie, Phillip Treachy

Meadham Kirchhoff, Hellen Van Rees

The British designers did impress me and are proving they are a force to be reckon with. So I’m signing off from London with love and heading over to Milan.

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The New Fashion Trend

The new fashion must-have has been popping up in magazines, all around Paris, New York and London and almost everywhere. Though this trend isn’t anything new to us as we all have owned or used one at least once in our lives, it has become more than just a means of transportation within the fashion world. The bicycle or bike for short is becoming a fashion accessory amongst the fashionistas and has been trending due to the many siting of models and fashionistas biking from show to show during the various fashion weeks. Not to be left out, everyday street stylers are also rocking hard fashion while on their bikes. So the next time you’re heading out and making your mental check list before you close the door, don’t be surprise if you check off a bike off that list.

Catching The Olympic Fever

Everyone is getting ready and all hyped up for this coming Olympics and almost every major magazine has a special on the London Olympics.  With all the glitz and glamour they have added, you can’t help but  admit that the Olympics have never looked so alluring and sensational. Through these pictures we see a wonderful fusion of  fashion, beauty, grace and fitness with models like Kate Moss, Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Britt Maren, Natalia Vodianova, Kim West and Jourdan Dunn.  So let’s take a look at some of  my favorites features and let me which you like the best out of the lot.

 

Barbados International Fashion Festival

On the nights of April the 27th and 28th,  local Barbadians and socialites mingled with Ebony Magazine’s Style Director, Marielle Bobo and were wooed by not only by the voice of Barbadian songstress Ria Borman but also by the high fashion exhibited at the first ever Barbados International Fashion Festival. It was a charity event held to provide funds for the programme “Adopt-a-Designer” where selected local Barbadian designers  Alexis Campbell, Andrew Harris and Kesia Estwick,  were adopted by the featured designers to be  mentored; to help broaden their horizons within the international world of fashion. It was hosted by BB Fashion Week™, where local models walked the runway to the beats provided by Dj Kirk Brown in creations from two renowned international designers; California-based Filippino designer Oliver Tolentio and designer Romero Bryan out of London. Both designers made debut appearances here in Barbados and each has a very unique style and distinctive look, evident in their runway couture designs.

The first night featured Oliver Tolentio, known as the Valentino of the Philippines who had his designs featured in American Next Top Model All–Stars Cycle and many fashion weeks too many to mention. He has been designing for 20 years and his experience was evident as his couture pieces were complex in design and not construction as they moved freely with the natural rhythm of a woman’s body. Oliver’s designs portrayed femininity, elegance and well-detailed couture pieces. The inspiration for his collection came from the beauty of nature, colours and the tropics; thus showcased an eye-catching collection that was filled with vibrant colours and flowers. The beauty of Oliver Tolentio’s work is that all of his designs are wearable and not restricted to the catwalk alone. There was a wide variety of breath-taking dresses and well-tailored pants and skirt suits all appropriate for every woman. This is mainly because Oliver believes that a woman doesn’t have to show a lot of skin to be sexy, but rather feel comfortable and confident in what she wears. What made Oliver Tolentio’s collection more memorable, was the fact that they are eco-friendly and made from natural fibers including those of the pineapple, the abaca plant and raw silk cocoon. For this event, Oliver had international model Tutay Maristela flown in for the show and it was well worth it as the crowd enjoyed her every time she stepped on the runway. The Oliver Tolentio collection was very vast, so here are a few favorites:

On the second night, if you hadn’t heard of Romero Bryan, you definitely were in for a shocker. Ever since 2005 when he rocketed onto the fashion world, his success has grown rapidly with the likes of many A-list celebrities donning his designs. On this night, Romero did not disappoint as he engulfed the catwalk with many avant-garde designs made out of chiffon, leather, velvet, satin . Romero designs are very fashion-forward as he manipulated these fabrics along with basic sewing essentials like zippers, elastic, tassels, fringe, sequins  and shoulder pads, and yes you read that right shoulder pads to produce creations that moved with fluidity on the catwalk. Romero drew his inspiration for this collection from the energy of the youth  at London College of Fashion where he teaches and his love to create cutting-edge designs. Thus, a very futuristic collection was presented. It was filled with daring flirtatious dresses with frills, plunging necklines and cut-outs for the brave at heart and fashionistas. However, the collection also well-balanced as  it displayed  dreamy floor length, wide-legged rompers and elegant gowns, especially the  signature £200,000 dress gown worn by model Sedia Jackman. From Romero Bryan’s collection a few attention-getting pieces and favorites:

  

   

The photos published aren’t claimed my Radical Trendsetters but of local photographers; Oliver Tolentino Collection was taken by  BajanMovement and Romero Bryan Collection was taken by Patient Productions.