London Fashion Week was here, no sooner did SS13 finish that the next bundle swept in with the collections for AW13. Gathering an exhibition pass and kick starting the Friday off, everyone was ready to see what designers had in store.
Approaching the exquisite venue that is Somerset House, you can’t help but be baffled by the venues sheer elegance and perfection. The cobbled stones would have many tales to tell of the years that men and women trotted across in their fashionable attire, ready to take on a week’s assortment of catwalk shows, presentations and exhibitions of designers. But just like the other events that have passed, AW13 still managed to leave a prominent stamp with what was to come in the later months of the year.
Throughout the week there was a broad range of shows to see, but two that stood out were Jena Theo and Issa London. Jena Theo is a designer that captures creativity and runs with it. The designs for the AW13 were edgy, inventive, extremely vibrant and featuring heavily on an early 90’s inspiration. This range had a strong rave meets punk feel with patent fabrics, distorted floral prints and key colours in electric pinks with black bases. Many tops or dresses were oversized but very structured and angular with origami edges, yet still wearable and ultimately a range ideal for those who want to stand out.
Issa London was always going to be one to watch with a front row crammed full of key celebrities, who were eager to see what designer Daniella Helayel had concocted for AW13. The creations from this label are usually utter perfection, but with their native Indian core theme and Cara Delevingne kicking off the show – it was going one step further and bound to get the viewers hearts racing! There was a hint of a seventies flash with the colours used, wide legged trousers and flared dresses that were seen. With plenty of layers, mixtures of fabrics, stunning prints and rich warmth in the colours… What was not to love? From viewing the various garments it was quite clear why Issa London has many fans, for this particular collection appeared so easy to wear and could even be worn straight off the catwalk. To summarize, this collection really hit the ball in the back of the net, as it created optimism about a season that isn’t always reflective of this, thus making it a top catwalk show from London Fashion Week AW13.
If I could chose between an Autumn/Winter collection or a Spring/Summer collection, I would go for the latter. However after visiting a variety of shows at London Fashion Week, it was pleasantly surprising to see what was on display for the season to come. Stereotypically with this particular time of year, I’d often see rather withdrawn and simplistic items but instead there were lots of layers, patent leathers or sleek glossy fabrics, modern punk creations, monochrome looks, plenty of prints and all in a palette of colours, ultimately making it somewhat positive. Who says Autumn/Winter has to be bland? The fashion creators certainly don’t think it will be and after visiting LFW – neither do I!
This is a guest post by Annie Bean. Annie is a 20-something blogger from the East Midlands, who works in events by day and writes a blog by night. The blog is called The Quarter-life Tales of Annie Bean and it’s a combination of fashion, fitness, beauty and lifestyle.