The Fall 2017 edition of London Fashion Week previewed many fresh and exciting concepts. Shows throughout the week saw a continuing theme that placed focus on London and the best of British culture. The most heartfelt reference saw LFW pay tribute to the late Richard Nicoll by teaming up with Pantone to release a colour in his name: Nicoll Blue. The showroom exhibition space aptly covered an entire wall in the shade, paying recognition to Nicoll’s influence on colour and the British fashion scene.
On the runways, femininity and après ski was intertwined at the Anya Hindmarch show, whilst Fall 2017 saw the return of Hussein Chalayan to London where his signature focus on cut & construction brought a collection heavily inspired by Ancient Greece. Saving the best looks until last, his final few models created a mesmerising performance by ripping the front panels off garments to reveal bright tinsel streamers & a flock of feathers that delicately fell to the floor.
In true London style, J.W. Anderson presented a mash-up of influences, morphing and reconstructing shapes around the female form, whilst Preen looked to 20th Century female icons and 90’s romanticism for inspiration. Looks engulfed models in duvet-quilting densely covered in an array of English-garden florals.
Continue reading for further insight into our top influences from the London collections.
Marl Grey Sculpting – J.W. Anderson
Inspired by the comforts of marl jersey, this mid-grey hue makes a play on soft sculpting to add a relaxed dimension to structured and manipulated forms.
Artist reference: Studio Ilio
Frayed Patterning – Hussein Chalayan
Hussein Chalayan introduces a refined take on rustic textures by collaging delicate threads and intricately controlled fraying for an artisanal approach to surface design.
Artist reference: Frei Otto
Organically Oxidised Denim – Faustine Steinmetz
Faustine Steinmetz, AKA the denim queen, showcases an array of organically oxidised indigo through creatively starched and manipulated surfaces.
Artist reference: Adam Silverman
Formally Folded Forms – Eudon Choi
Eudon Choi explores the art of layering for Fall 2017 with relaxed shapes influenced by the spontaneity of folding forms. Soft oversized shapes envelop the body and contrast against formal stylings, whilst tie details add defined shape.
Artist reference: Diogo Pimentao
Daydream Duvet Daze – Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi daydreams in a floral haze. Oversized duvet-inspired neckwear creates a puffed-up, comfort-focussed statement, whilst flirtatious frills and all-over florals add a feminine feel.
Artist reference: Jim Hodges
Berry Blast Origami – Ports 1961
Berry tones create a high impact finish on the Ports 1961 runway. Saturated Raspberry Concentrate is in high usage on the form, instantly adding intensity to deconstructed silhouettes and flat shirting fabrics. Origami folds add surface interest, paired with soft Sandwashed Fuchsia for a contemporary wearability.
Artist reference: Daphna Laurens
A Mondrian Mood – Sadie Williams
Sadie Williams puts focus on colour blocking as striking accents are chopped and blocked together, evoking an essence of Mondrian’s famous geometric abstracts. Sharp primary hues are pieced against dark navy contrasts to create a contemporary feel.
Artist reference: Piet Mondrian