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Famode Review of London Fashion Week

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Well, London Fashion Week certainly went off with a bang this year!  With Viviane

Westwood making the first appearance in 10 years at the LFW, the British

(and international) fashionista excitedly poured into South Kensington in droves to

catch a glimpse of Westwood showcasing delights from her ‘Red Label’.

The Red Label showcase featured a collection of pinstripe tailoring, draped evening

dresses and tartan wear. Through her show in London, Westwood made calls for

other British designers to follow her in supporting LFW.

Carlo D’Amario, Managing Director of Vivienne Westwood explains:  ‘London has

become the global reference point for creativity and never like now there is a need

for a permanent platform for the promotion of dynamic British and European talent. 

I hope our example will be followed by my colleagues at other British brands who

now only show abroad.  I call on John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Burberry

among others to show their younger distribution lines here in London and unite to

make London Fashion Week and London not only a centre for creativity but also

for business. '

 

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Vivianne Westwood makes an appearance on the catwalk within one of her shows

 

Vivienne is making a commitment to show in London for the foreseeable future.
25-year-old Christopher Kane is also another designer that Famode recommends
as one to watch. Kane’s collection included cropped, studded biker jackets and
sequined dresses. When asked about his current inspiations, Kane explained: “I’m
in love with cashmere – the only thing that’s keeping me warm this winter.” Kane,
who showcased at LFW this year for the 4th time, describes his style as ‘orginal,
intellectual and very beddable’. Emma Cook, whose label is now in its 15th year,
continued to go from strength to strength by showcasing girly frocks and tye dye
leggings. Cook also recently designed a maternity collection fo Top Shop.
Other
Famode favourites included the Sunderland born Gareth Pugh and Nico Didonna.

 

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One of Pugh's creations...


 

Pugh sites lions, tigers and bears as the inspiration behind his spectacular show. Pugh incorporated horseguard helmets, feathers and spiky black armour within his current collection. In contrasting fashion, Italian designer, Nico Didonna used handpicked fabrics such as lama, alpaca, cashmere, wool and silk within his collection. Combining these fabics with splashes of emerald, topaz and turquois, Nico D (as he’s otherwise known..) focused upon fine tayloring aiming an a wide ranging clientel from young novices to seasoned professionals. Nico’s latest collection is inspired by black and white magic, and the battle between the wicked and the virtuous, which he reveals within his designs.

Following on from LFW, Pugh will be working on Kylie Minogue’s new costumes, for a tour in May. Trends at LFW this year included cape coats, which featured in shows by Top Shop, Biba and Jaeger. Tweed also made a big come back, once again featuring in collections by Biba, Jaegar and House of Holland. When it comes to footwear, although platforms are still on display this season, thank God (literally…) that they’re less chunky this this time around (in the sense that the toes are slightly more pointed and the heels are slimmer).


 
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