What You Might Have Missed in London Fashion Week

Anna Wintour at the US Open in New York Photograph: Dubreuil Corinne/EMPICS Entertainment

I have done a compilation of backstage stories from New York Fashion Week, in case you missed out on some juicy details behind the runway. London Fashion Week is finally over. Unfortunately, or fortunately for the designers, there were not that many temper tantrums or flying hemlines.  Below you will find some interesting facts that you might have missed:

1. Mad at Marc

Anna Wintour at the US Open in New York Photograph: Dubreuil Corinne/EMPICS Entertainment
Anna Wintour at the US Open in New York Photograph: Dubreuil Corinne/EMPICS Entertainment

Marc by Marc Jacobs is one of the biggest draw for New York Fashion Week. That is why some London designers, especially the new ones, were pissed at Marc Jacobs for re-scheduling his fashion show from Monday to Thursday evening during the NYFW. It made it almost impossible for most attendees to attend in time for the London Fashion Week the day after. Whether this is an intended move by way of some persuasive editors so that they could watch the Men’s Final of Unites States Open Tennis Tournament remains a mystery. We all know how much Anna loves her tennis.

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2. “Florals? For Spring? Ground Breaking”

From Left to Right: Eudon Choi, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, J.W.Anderson, John Rocha, Matthew Williamson S/S 2014
From Left to Right: Eudon Choi, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, J.W.Anderson, John Rocha, Matthew Williamson S/S 2014

It seems like a few fleeting moments of the hot scorching sun in England recently has much more of a lasting effect. It translated, well, across the majority of London designers from Vivienne Westwood to Burberry to Christopher Kane.  Christopher Kane, however, was the most applauded by the Critics with Suzy Menkes describing the collection as, “swelled and slithered across the body, following the rise and curve, revealing skin through metallic-framed petals”.

Another theme that emerged during London Fashion Week was shoes. Mary Katrantzou, still playing with digital print, sent down a collection whose prints borrowed heavily from images of shoes including their components such as shoe laces.

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3. Monolo Blahnik Showcased His First Ever Fashion Show in LFW. 

Photo courtesy of Beauty-rebel.com
Photo courtesy of Beauty-rebel.com

This season also saw the addition of shoe designer Manolo Blahnik to the fashion calendar, who presented a beautifully crafted selection of footwear inspired by the turn of the 20th Century.

He used sumptuous materials such as rose-printed silks, ornate lace and metal buckles handmade in Europe, craftsmanship that Blahnik hopes to revive demand for.

“I want to do very beautiful shoes, like revive again those dying arts of Europe, which people don’t want anymore,” he told Reuters. “Beautiful craftsmanship is everywhere, in every small city in Europe, we have beautiful craftsmanship.”

Read more here at Reuters.

4. Burberry is Always Digital “First”

Photo courtesy of Burberry.
Photo courtesy of Burberry.

Perhaps the only fashion company who is so fashion forward, Burberry keeps trying to push the marriage between digital and fashion. From creating a GIF collection to the first-ever 3D catwalk, this season saw Burberry teaming up with Apple. Ahead of the iPhone 5s launch to the public on September 20, 2013, Burberry has managed to secure a deal with Apple to stream the entire runway show solely using the new Iphone 5S.  All the videos and images are then plastered across social media. If only the collection was as innovative as their digital front.

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