Christopher Bailey

LDN FASHION WEEK SS16 HIGHLIGHTS [3]

Jonathan Saunders

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Johnathan Saunders attended the Glasgow School of Art and Central Saint Martins where he graduated with an MA in Printed Textiles in 2002 that won him the Lancome Colour Award. In 2006 he was awarded the Fashion Enterprise Award at the British Fashion Awards. He has worked previously with Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix at Pucci and Pheobe Philo at Chloe.
This collection just screams summer, am I right? I love these looks. Saunder’s designs range from light and sexy summer dresses to strong structured outerwear, but all with the most delectable colours and heavy island print. I personally adore tropical colours the oranges and yellows trump pinks and reds anyday and this pallette just has me wanting to book my next trip to the land of sea and sand. Also, I have a lot of time for the diversity in this show – still a key issue in the industry today.

Topshop Unique

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Everybody’s favourite store. Launched in 2001, and now in its twenty-third season, Unique showcases Topshop’s own design talents on the international stage.
If I’m honest, I’m not always a fan of Topshop’s shows at LFW. I feel the pieces lack some consistency and too much variation struggles to keep brand on point. The images I’ve selected above do not represent what the majority of the collection looked like. There were actually a lot of light, 70’s boho dresses and polkadots. But, Topshop appeals to the masses and stays on trend, so it stays in the highlights. As I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect blazer, I found these looks quite inspiring – the mix in fabrics adds new persona to a garment usually pinned to the office.

Temperley London

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It’s the 15th year of business for Temperley London, with its founder, namesake and Creative Director Alice Temperley, MBE heading up the independent British luxury brand. British fashion. The world of Temperley houses two lines; Temperley London and Temperley Bridal and holds one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary British fashion. Described as a feminine, effortless and timeless designer collection which stays true to its British Heritage.

Temperley London’s SS16 collections holds some truly beautiful pieces. The eveningwear is old school Hollywood and hands down stunning. The combination of sheer fabrics, print and textures is unexpected but each piece just as creative and pioneering as the last. Temperley, for me, has taken prints such as what I’d expect to find on my mum’s favourite China and turned it into an ethereal masterpiece. And doesn’t the dress on the right look like it belongs to Michelle Pfeiffer’s character, Elvira Hancock, in movie Scarface? Both Pfeiffer and her wardrobe were unreal in that film – if you haven’t seen it, watch it. If you’re not good with gore, google her character for a more PG and brief overview.

Paul Smith

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Paul Smith has grown from its origins in one small shop in Nottingham, England, in 1970, into a global business, selling to five continents. Starting with one men’s collection, the business has grown to 12 collections for men and women and children, including, shoes,accessories, fragrance, home furnishings and jeans.
The tailored cuts, colour blocking and fluid silhouettes. Everything is just on point. Capsuling effortlessly cool and modernity in one swift swoop. Thank you Paul Smith. And I’ll take those shoes in all three colours, thanks.

Pringle of Scotland

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Pringle of Scotland was founded in 1815 at the birthplace of the Scottish knitwear industry.
Simple and oversized, white, beige and gold and meshed fabrics. Again hitting the nail on the head and inspires some fun new ways to wear knitwear as outerwear.

Burberry

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We all know and love Burberry, being British, we have to right? Christopher Bailey joined as Design Director in May 2001 and from the outset his creative vision was applied to all aspects of the brand. Prior to his appointment at Burberry, Christopher was the Senior Designer of Womenswear at Gucci in Milan from 1996 to 2001. From 1994 to 1996 he was the Womenswear Designer at Donna Karan.

We all love a little Goth, don’t we? These looks, pictured above, spoke to me the most. In London there is very much this attitude that all black everything is the way forward. And I very much agree. The lace and puffed sleeves were done right in this collection and I’m happy to see caged heels could be making a comeback.

Christopher Kane

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While completing his MA in fashion design at Central Saint Martins College, Christopher Kane realised his defining ambition was to start his own label in partnership with his elder sister, Tammy Kane. Christopher Kane, the label, started in 2006. It was begun almost immediately after Kane’s graduation, capitalising on the success of his award winning MA collection that had gathered much media attention.
Honestly, of all the shows and presentations I’ve seen at LFW SS16, this one had me at hel-fucking-lo. I struggled to settle on three looks to pop in the top spot. The sporty polo crop top, the boyfriend fit jumpsuit, the backpack, the contrast of champagne and mint green – this is the collection of my dreams. The colours are so rich and designs strikingly current without the distaste of trying too hard. Exquisite.
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