Photo-heavy post alert! You might be able to tell that I found it extremely hard to narrow down all my photos from the last day of London Fashion Week and it took all of my restraint to not post pictures of the same look multiple times just because I liked a particular expression or movement of the model's hand. I'm so used to seeing certain looks from the side that it feels so odd to see them from the front when I'm catching up on Style.com and it's so surreal to think that I was there at that very moment, watching from the sidelines. Most of the time I'm trying to figure out what the best setting to use for my camera is (I still haven't properly read the manual) but in between shots I'm also making mental notes about certain elements I like from each collection and trying to capture them best in the visual notebook that is my memory card.
David Koma was an early start and I was determined not to have a repeat of my journey the previous Thursday and miss the show entirely. I've followed Koma's work carefully for a few seasons, admiring his signature sculptural details and form fitting silhouettes and was intrigued to see what the point of difference would be this season. I managed to grab a decent spot near the photographers pit, which was ideal for observing the Alain Quilici shoes which had an unusual greyhound-shaped heel. The palette of neutrals was soon interrupted by bold flashes of dark blue and plum, adding a sporty edge in combination with metal hardware. Even though I'm still slightly scared of dogs, they're far more appealing in cashmere jumper form and I may well have to start getting used to the idea of a peplum skirt on my hips next season as they're everywhere!
It was a welcome surprise when the Holly Fulton ticket arrived on my doormat a few days before the show and provided a slight clue with the glasshouse inspired print that appears on the trousers above. Luckily this clever hint didn't ruin any of the show for me, I was surprised to see Fulton stick to a careful colour palette featuring multiple tones of blue and pink in her prints but this gave her a chance to provide a new stance on tonal dressing. The woman in mind for this collection was the Lady of the Manor, a slightly dishevelled yet sophisticated character with a distinct wandering eye. Fulton balanced the relatively tame botanical references of palm trees and butterflies with her abstract way of arranging the prints, yet still made everything work to flatter the proportion of the female form.
I think the Ashish collection 'Bollywouldn't' would have to win the Best Show Title Award, if there were an appropriate awards show equivalent for fashion week. The grungy layering wasn't always my cup of tea, but I could see that the tie-dyed dresses and Hare Krishna prints conjured up images of travelling tales I'd heard from friends about places such as Goa attempting to try out the local traditions with a Western eye. I did like the hallucinogenic take on a paisley pattern, something which I'm yet to try out and hope that the upcoming Topshop collection has an element of this that I can add to my wardrobe.
I was excited to see what direction the Leutton Postle duo would take after their initial showing at Vauxhall Fashion Scout and whether the balance might shift away from their signature knitwear techniques. I certainly wasn't disappointed, there was enough new stitch inspiration to get me wondering how exactly it might have been created and the face motif was repeated intensely on woven appliqué separates and dresses to perfectly adorn their ideal customer who isn't afraid to make a statement. This collection was as always rich source of inspiration and I can't wait to see which piece Susie Bubble styles up next and makes her own.
Finally my main London Fashion Week coverage is concluded; I hope you've enjoyed the break from regularly scheduled programming and that all of the photos haven't crashed your computer! As always, I've put even more pictures on my Facebook page and will be processing all of my favourite fashion week looks for a trend post once Summer is on the wane. Which looks are your favourite from the final day?