Stars, sleeves and copious amounts of colour at London Fashion Week AW17

First of all Happy Friday everyone. Only a few more hours until you can break free from the shackles of the office and let loose for two whole days. If, like me, you find yourself a little distracted on a Friday afternoon, perhaps I can interest you in a little melange of fashion to carry you through until home time.

If you caught my post on Wednesday you will know that this season I am actually planning three blogs about London Fashion Week. I have already covered all the selfies with my last ‘What I wore’ piece. Today I will show you what I saw on the AW17 catwalks and tell you a little about the labels that I loved this season.

FASHION SCOUT – ONES TO WATCH

Ones to Watch is always a great way to start Fashion Week as it highlights some of the newest talents breaking through. By far my favourite of the quartet of designers showing was the gorgeous Krasimira Stoyneva, whose fringed statement jackets and star motif prints were a colourful crowd pleaser. Her signature use of synthetic hair is supported by her hashtag: #WearHairNotFur. Do not be scared this is not real hair or real fur!

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https://krasimirastoyneva.com/

MARK FAST

The Canadian knitwear designer Mark Fast showed a bold and beautiful collection featuring a colourful clash of purple, fuchsia and orange fringed dresses, balanced by delicate, pastel feathered and beaded frocks. Renowned for his use of plus size models at previous fashion weeks, it was interesting to see the designer revert to the industry norm, allowing the clothes to be the talking point this season.

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http://markfast.net/

PAUL COSTELLOE

Held at the prestigious Waldorf Hotel, the delightful Paul Costelloe show featured all his signature show stoppers – exquisite cashmere coats, metallic silk jacquard baby-doll dresses and a stunning sheer-print leather finale gown. A nod to the Tudor period came in the form of exaggerated bell sleeves and multi-layered ruffled collars and hems. Beautiful!

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http://www.paulcostelloe.com/

EDELINE LEE

Eschewing the traditional catwalk and opting instead for a presentation, Edeline Lee showed her AW17 collection against a backdrop of raw brick walls and abstract hand-painted panels at the Oxo Tower Barge House. Inspired by the collage artist of the Dada movement Hannah Hoch, Lee’s strong play on proportion, cheeky feminist references and exquisite use of colour (think saffron yellow, muted aqua and brick red) made this one of my favourite shows of LFW.

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https://edelinelee.com/

ASHLEY ISHAM

Always one of my favourites on the LFW Fashion Scout schedule, Ashley Isham didn’t fail to disappoint with a jaw-dropping medley of prints, statement ruffles, hand-beaded embellishment and oversized looping headpieces (is it a hairband or is it an earring?). I was particularly in love with all the bold clashing prints and the fab gold star jumpsuit.

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http://ashleyisham.co.uk/

MALAN BRETON

By the time Malan Breton showed his gorgeous collection, my phone battery had died and my back-up rechargeable battery had also run dry. Fashion fail! However, the eye-catching metallic brocade suits, leather frilled dresses, velvet tux jackets and clever play on sharp masculine tailoring for women was definitely worth a mention.

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http://www.malanbreton.com/

ASPINAL OF LONDON

A strong presentation of all the styles that we have come to expect and adore from Aspinal of London. Next season’s new additions include a kooky Breakfast at Tiffany illustrative print and, channelling fashion’s obsession with customising and monogramming, their fabulous Mini Trunk can now be emblazoned with your favourite phrase or initials. Magic!

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https://www.aspinaloflondon.com/

CLIO PEPPIATT

A favourite of Kylie Jenner, Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham, the presentation by 24 year old South London based Clio Peppiatt was a far cry from the usual catwalk parade. Here models perched, chatted and danced around a cavernous space beneath The Strand in a youthful clash of faux fur, sheer embellished dresses, cheeky prints and Converse high tops. Kitsch, sassy and above all fun, this is definitely one for the cool kids. Oh and it featured my current colour combo obsession – bubblegum pink and red!

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http://cliopeppiatt.co.uk/

ALEXANDRA MOURA

Portugese designer Alexandra Moura showed her collection at the glorious Banking Hall in the heart of the City. The grand location provided a fine backdrop for her oversized romantic ruffles and deconstructed tailoring. Half-worn, half shoulder-robed jackets featured underlying cross-body straps, which doubled up as rucksacks. These were juxtaposed by gorgeous gold lame jacquard prints, inspired by traditional Indonesian fabrics. The earthy brown, mustard, russet and cornflower blue colourway was stunning as were the gorgeous exaggerated sleeves (I smell an AW17 trend coming). A well-executed, beautifully romantic collection balanced by strong, masculine tailoring. I truly loved this show!

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http://www.alexandramoura.com/1617/?lang=en

J. JS LEE

On the final day of London Fashion Week, I had the privilege of sitting FROW at the beautiful J. JS Lee show (another personal favourite of mine). Held at the main LFW venue – with it’s super-sized catwalk – the show was inspired by the childhood urge to dress up in adult clothing. This play on scale took the form of oversized tailoring, dropped shoulder lines, elongated lapels and cute knot detailing. All in a delicate colour palette of charcoal, pistachio, camel, rose and white. A delightful collection from a wonderful designer.

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http://www.jsleelondon.com/

And that concludes today’s post about London Fashion Week. Please do let me know your thoughts and comments. And keep an eye out for this weekend’s post where I will give you the low down on the designer stands, with close up details of all the fabulous accessories. Enjoy your weekend!

With special thanks to Pop PR, Dust PR, Trace and Wolves London for my LFW tickets.

http://londonfashionweek.co.uk/ http://fashionscout.co.uk/

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Red carpet blush

No, I’m not referring to the cheek warming mistakes of this week’s Emmy Awards worst dressed (step up Lena Dunham), but to the dominant colour trend… a flesh toned pinky-blush as seen on January Jones, Rose Byrne and Claire Danes.

Stylitz - Claire Danes in Armani Prive - Getty Images

Claire Danes in Armani Prive (Getty Images)

Stylitz - January Jones in custom Givenchy with Cartier - Getty Images

January Jones in custom Givenchy with Cartier (Getty Images)

Stylitz - Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection - Getty Images

Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection (Getty Images)

Claire was the clear winner in both the style stakes and the Awards themselves with her gorgeous embellished Armani Prive shoestring strap backless gown, complimented by a faux bob and pretty make-up.  January worked a clean silhouette cut from lace – custom made by Givenchy – and Rose channelled early 90s Kate Moss in her simple chic Calvin Klein Collection dress.

Stylitz - Michelle Dockery in Prada with Fred Leighton jewels - Getty Images

Michelle Dockery in Prada (Getty images)

Stylitz - Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren with Fred Leighton jewels - Getty Images

Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren with Fred Leighton jewels (Getty Images)

However, the palette wasn’t limited to nude.  Colour was injected by the likes of Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery who has exactly the right amount of elegance to pull off a red halterneck full-skirted Prada gown.  The lack of embellishment and a simple strap stiletto balanced the full skirt to perfection. Likewise simplicity ruled with Girls star Allison Williams, who opted for a classic cobalt Ralph Lauren gown that was quite simply stunning.  Black and white also made an appearance, sometimes together as per this chic ensemble worn by Homelands Morgan Saylor, or alone as seen with Robin Wright’s cap-sleeved high-neck black Ralph Lauren column.

Stylitz - Morgan Saylor in Honor & Kwiat jewellery - Getty Images

Morgan Saylor in Honor and Kwiat Jewellery (Getty Images)

Stylitz - Robin Wright in Ralph Lauren - Getty Images

Robin Wright in Ralph Lauren (Getty Images)

Stylitz - Kate Mara in J. Mendel - Getty Images

Kate Mara in J. Mendel (Getty Images)

Stylitz - Julianna Margulies in Reed Krakoff with Fred Leighton jewels - Getty Images

Julianna Margulies in Reed Krakoff with Fred Leighton jewels (Getty Images)

The most successful red carpet looks were those that took this season’s prevailing minimalism trend as their inspiration.  By selecting clean lines or simple strapless shapes and a lack of frou-frou, the likes of Julianna Margulies and Padma Lakshmi made others look like wedding dress meringues.  Also of note was the lack of ostentatious jewels, as this year the A-list opted for understated earrings as opposed to dramatic décolletage enhancing necklaces.

Stylitz - Padma Lakshmi in Kaufmanfranco with Robert Lee Morris jewels - Getty Images

 Padma Lakshmi in Kaufmanfranco with Robert Lee Morris jewels (Getty Images)

Of course if you’re young it pays to go off centre and Mad Men’s gorgeous Kiernan Shipka looked both fantastic and fashion forward in her cute Delpozo dress – a floral triumph.

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Kiernan Shipka in Delpozo (Getty Images)

This being the red carpet, there are also outfits that split the crowd. Girls star Zosia Mamet nearly got it right in this custom made dress by Honor. The inky smudgy floral print and interesting neckline were superb, but the leather bralette insert was just too overpowering and dominated the overall look.  Such a shame!  Also co-star Lena Dunham’s Prada frock was a brave choice for a red carpet venture.  The bold print and huge shape, whilst gorgeous in other circumstances, engulfed Lena and looked plain wrong amongst all the simple column silhouettes and soft hues.

Zosia Mamet in Honor - Getty Images

Zosia Mamet in Honor (Getty Images)

Stylitz - Lena Dunham in Prada - Getty Images

Lena Dunham in Prada (Getty Images)

Stylitz - Aubrey Plaza in Marios Schwab - Getty Images

Aubrey Plaza in Marios Schwab (Getty Images)

Likewise comedian Aubrey Plaza split the critics with her demure lacy Marios Schwab gown.  I’m a fan, but let me know your thoughts on this and all the other looks.  Any disputes or any stunners I’ve missed?  Or are these simply not your favourite outfits from the night.  Comments welcome.

More information on winners go to http://www.emmys.com/

Main holding image – Claire Danes in Armani Prive (Steve Granitz/Wire Image)