Ready To Wear: The future of fashion is bright, white, sporty and full of holes
To wear or not to wear, that is the question. Here are at least some of the trends that emerged at London Fashion Week, spring/summer 2013...
Luxe sportswear. Best seen at JW Anderson, where what looked like neoprene zip-fronted jackets were in fact made out of cotton sponge; Jonathan Saunders, where the bomber was crafted in holographic leather and silk; and Richard Nicoll: more zip-fronted jackets, parkas and oversized T-shirts in fabrics and colours designed to make a woman feel happy and at ease. At Tom Ford, techno stretch cycling shorts (yes, cycling shorts) were worn with black patent leather. Fierce.
Holes. Your clothes must be filled with them – fishnet, Airtex, crochet knit and more – but also seen in feminine lace at Erdem, Simone Rocha and more.
White. It's everywhere, signifying a clean-minded if not entirely clean-living modernity at Topshop Unique, James Long (think Patti Smith on the cover of Horses), Simone Rocha, Giles, Sibling, Richard Nicoll, Antonio Berardi and Burberry, where the trench coat appeared in the non-colour at its most chic. At JW Anderson and Thomas Tait, meanwhile, a retro-futuristic love affair with white was expressed as flat, Space Age-style go-go boots.
Florals. Roses were embossed on to white leather at Giles, stylised polished brass daisies appeared as buttons at Mulberry, more daisies (lacy ones) covered garments at Simone Rocha, and at Erdem lace veils of flowers decorated demure dresses.
Menswear. Men's shirting at Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Simone Rocha and James Long; men's tailoring at Paul Smith; pinstripe at Maarten Van Der Horst and JW Anderson and deconstructed tweeds at Meadham Kirchhoff.
Bows. In plastic at Christopher Kane, woven printed at Meadham Kirchhoff.
Colour. Palest pink at Christopher Kane, cornflower blue at Richard Nicoll, neon green at Simone Rocha, sunshine yellow, flame and violet at Roksanda Ilincic and all the shades of the rainbow at Burberry.
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