London Fashion Week was literally a blur. It was over before I knew it but the clothes left a lasting impact. For instance, Christopher Bailey for Burberry Prorsum's collection blew me away this season. The designer put a twist on his classic trenches by playing with different colors, fabrics, prints, and patterns (stripes anyone?). He also took a step outside this realm with some very fashionable parkas although I don't know who will be wearing these for Spring. Colorful beaded tops paired with tea length skirts and tribal prints rounded out this collection. And I can't say enough about the accessories that came in the form of oversized tote bags, open-toe booties, beaded platform wedges, and wide belts.
Celebrities love the next designer, Mary Katrantzou. Solange Knowles, editor Anna Dello Russo and Catherine Zeta Jones have all been spotted wearing her wildly printed, unconventional designs. Women's Wear Daily even named her as one of the designers to watch for Spring. And she didn't disappointment with her rainbow hued floral patterned separates and pretty pastel tunic over matching stovepipe pants. Most times clashing patterns don't work well together, but somehow Katrantzou seems to do it right. Her mash up of prints can sometimes be overwhelming, as in a dress featuring yellow stripes, polka dots, stars, and a red and white duck, but each piece is unique making its wearer feel like she's one-of-a-kind.
Alice Temperley went with a simple ladylike appeal with her Temperley London collection. Enlarged floral prints adorned silky material and several sheer numbers were dressed up with intricate embroidery. Several looks featured hot pants as well, done in a sophisticated way. The entire showing was pretty but safe and lacking a certain wow factor.
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