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Fall 2014 Ready to Wear London Trend Report

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London Calling! Thank goodness for the fresh, unconventional, experimental and unexpected fashions we are lucky to find during the Fall RTW shows presented in the U.K. With a history of the avant-garde in their blood, English designers seem a bit more progressive in the chances they take. We saw more color than was present in the New York shows and added drama. Here is a chance to pick up new lines, with something completely different and exceptional to offer. Many of these designers are possibly unknown to your customers. When London calls, we pick up.

 

1. Erdem

Show: London, 2/17/2014

Interesting silhouettes, cutouts, lace, black and gold with that must-have deep, luxuriant jade. Richly crafted brocades, embroideries and a detail that must have been in the air around the world, the horizontal cut-out. In this collection we see a number of the sleeves cut-out with a sheer mesh insert.  This is a very up-trending detail.

2. Ashish

Show: London, 2/17/2014

Feathery, silver, tinsel-like strands swinging in rhythm, in sync, with the motion of the model’s stride. A jogging suit extraordinaire. Denim ruffles, drama, pearls and craftsmanship. Opulent tulle ruffles, upon cascading ruffles, in unexpected silhouettes.  Jewel encrusted sequined tunics. The true meaning of fancy pants was discovered at this show. Wow appeal and wow apparel. This collection is where theatre meets fabric for show stopping effect.

3. Burberry Prorsum

Show: London, 2/17/2014

Something unexpected from Burberry.  Remember poking around in your Mom’s closet, pulling out all of her chiffon scarves and then draping, wrapping and arranging them every which way on your little sister? That’s the overall sense one got from this Burberry collection. Scarves of chiffon, layers and layers. Hand painted, flowery, boho drapery, fluttering and ethereal. Some super coats could be found under the layers of crepe, based on the artwork of Bloomsbury artist Duncan Grant. The important dress silhouette was flowing and uneven, with a seemingly carefree charm. Work with your Fashion Trend Analyst to discover the important trends to uncover within this collection.

4. Paul Smith

Show: London, 2/16/2014

Puzzle pieces of sophisticated fabrics, (big trend to watch) and loose, full and elegantly slouchy trousers. Jewel toned pajamas were presented alongside the very popular opulent, rich camel and red hues. The sumptuous, colorful fabric mix and those delicious brocade full length coats created a truly outstanding collection. This group was certainly comfort meets cosmopolitan.

5. Tom Ford

Show: London, 2/17/2014

Yippee-ki-yay! Fishnets and urban cowboy boots! It’s a trend we’ve been waiting for years to reappear!  Colors? Black and white and mod all over. Yes, the punch of red was in the house, as well. Animal print fur suits were spotted and delicious black velvet dresses looked remarkably unpretentious.

6. House of Holland

Show: London, 2/15/2014

Do you know this line? These people never heard of the concept called, “basics.”  Everything was over the top. And once there, that’s where we’d like to stay. Fantasy furs, cut-outs, sheers, stimulating silhouettes. Metallic reds, purples, royals, jade, and lime greens mixed up to form demure dresses to “Holy Cow” ensembles. Bring some of this merchandise in and give your customers a treat.

7. Mary Katrantzou

Show: London, 2/16/2014

Mary Katrantzou, the Queen of incredibly inventive digital prints skipped most of the digital prints for this collection and what did we get? An amazing collection. How does she do it? What kind of a genius brain does this designer have? Why ask why? The innovative cut out patterns and jewel-like heraldic motifs embroidered together to create dresses and gowns were almost Gustav Klimt-like, and, well, genius.

8. Duro Olowu

Show: London, 2/15/2014

It’s all about drama here. Take 1920’s Art Deco styling, mix in bold and beautiful African prints, and combine with a sophisticated intuition and what do you get? Well, in this one example, three of the Fall 2014 trends. Vivid mixed patterns, bold capes and wide legged trousers.

9. Felder Felder

Show: London, 2/14/2014

Twin sisters bent on creating something different with twice the fun. Laser cut leather dresses, both long and slender and short and perky, plus garments displaying one of the important up-trending details for Fall 2014, cutouts with inserts. The horizontal cut-outs at the thigh, sleeve and waist were shown on trousers, suits and dresses across many runways. Felder Felder placed organza underneath the laser cuts for a delicate, feminine contrast.

10. Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Show: London, 2/16/2014

The Grand Dame of English fashion, Vivienne has seen and done it all. So when she reworks, in a nostalgic way, her classics from a bye gone era, they are still noteworthy today.  Her tailoring and expert cuts, based on historic silhouettes are sublime. Her brilliant red plaid coats are supreme classics. And the heart lapel red suit? Vivienne Westwood signature all the way. She will always be a fashion pioneer and we salute her for the leading edge innovations she brings to this industry.

 

Fashion Trend Analyst Diane Weisbeck

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