The major fashion show exposition spotlight moved on to London last week, where brilliant color and prints – graphics, plaids, stripes and florals, among others – underwrote a strong seasonal Brit look and feel.
Well, isn’t London fashion always fun, filled with plenty of good, sensible (you might even say royal-looking) clothing and accessories along side of some downright silly-looking designs that only good Old England could produce?
–Hey, this is the land where purple hair was born, and where the Queen not infrequently dons a hat that remarkably resembles Lewis Carroll’s famed Mad Hatter. Hello, England! We’re glad to be here!
Matthew Williamson broke away from the more economic tone of New York’s Fashion Week, showing some very special cocktail dresses with a 1920s élan. Giant sequins embellished designs, along with plenty of sparkles and marabou.
Cutouts echoed the hot trend from across the ocean. The designer also showed shorty lime green fabric boots that looked a lot like rain gear slipped over shoes and tied at the ankle in a bow. They were new looking!
Jewelry Trend on the Rise
Williamson also furthered a trend seen in New York and, surprisingly, little talked about in the Industry press. Wait a couple of months and you’ll see it all over! Anyway, the look involved dark jewelry. We’re talking about dark beads, dark metal, dark plastics…used for necklaces, you name it. Williamson featured a very good looking dark blue bracelet (not quite a cuff) matching an interesting print dress.
YOU CAN GET A HEAD START ON THIS IMPORTANT NEW TREND WITH THESE HANDSOME JEWELRY PRODUCTS:
- Chunky hematite necklace. Dark and sophisticated.
Belts were especially strong London fare. Many were in leather, some skinny strips pulled through a small buckle and then tied over. Others resembled luggage shoulder straps. Little clutches were also important, mostly in medium brown and black. A Safari look with somewhat dressy ruched tan dress under a leather belted trench coat was different. Hemlines were frequently pulled up, caught up, hemmed up to mini length, so that you felt the dress needed to be pulled down to be on properly.
Lime green came through as a hot color for Spring, along with lots of pale, watery blue. Yellow was also big here. Bright florals with a 1950s feeling included purple and green posies as in one dress from Erdem.
Paul Smith presented an interesting boyswear outfit (pay attention to that storyline…
it’s important) in pale pink with orange vest and fedora. A tan helmet hat was pulled down over the ears of a model at Aquascutum. His model was also outfitted with a two-tone tan scarf and long yellow print dress under a trench coat. Little puffy dress skirts came from Loella, while Issa showed a bright transparent long skirt over panties and matched to a little hair topknot accessory. Hmmm.
BOYSWEAR IS ANOTHER HOT DESIGN TREND PICKING UP STEAM. TRY THESE PRODUCTS FOR SOME EARLY MERCHANDISING POWER:
- Knit ladies fedora in great colors.
- Fashion scarves in rich patterns and hues.
TOKYO FASHION WEEK PREVIEW: WILD COLOR, HAIR BOBS, AND MASKS!
We really can’t afford to miss some early fashion signals coming out of Tokyo, where the curtain won’t officially rise on Fashion Week until mid-October. But already designers are trying to jump the gun with real runway action. Susan Kuwahara’s colors sizzled across the fashion stage, with strong Tibetan hues predominating. Here was a purple loose-fitting top with orange and purple ruffled pants over yellow socks. Yes, it was strange!
Support Surface took a 1980s carefully tailored look with a handsome bright yellow coat. The designs here were clean and close to the body without actually being fitted. Ne-Net’s Kazuaki Takashima centered on several different themes, including Germanic folkwear and nautical motifs. He gave added excitement to his models with westernized hair bobs and fascinating masks, with a global intrigue.
Color waves to note: Super brights – plus — soft lilac. Pale gray, purple, orange, and tan.
Also look at: Belts and cummerbunds, and big dark sunglasses with white frames. Didn’t we see these elsewhere in the last few weeks, too? Umhm!