Fashion week round-up

Guest blogger Ella Hagi shares her London Fashion week review...

Another London Fashion Week is behind us. Everyone from the models to the bloggers, and all the editors inbetween have now flocked to Paris. The city already feels that bit calmer. We’ll use this moment of tranquility o reflect on the three things we can’t wait to wear next summer — provided a high street retailer puts a little more affordable spin on them.


This calmness is much required, considering how House of Holland made us go yeehaw the moment their cowgirls stepped on the catwalk. Gingham prints adorning flared trousers, ruffled dresses and off-shoulder tops all took our fancy. Paired with fishnet everything, some athletic shapes and florals, Henry Holland will carry us through the summer. Perhaps it’s not all office appropriate per se, but it’s five o’clock somewhere. Just as long as we’re not pouring ourselves a whisky in the office, it’s ok… isn’t it?


Glitter, ruffles, metallic materials, pentagrams, flowers, oversized jackets, just the right amount of black and a sassy little flash of a shoulder… Add some bright white denim to the mix and you’ve arrived at the kind of fashion destination a girl can only dream of. So. Many. Choices. Preen SS17 is so good, it even gets away with a Ugg collaboration.


In the world of accessories, Mary Katrantzou brought home the grand prize. It was a collection for women that want to dazzle, and even next to her signature embroidery and kaleidoscopic prints, the accessories stood out. Colourful and leafy; a single brass earring will save many a last minute outfit for the foreseeable future. But those graphic alphabet clutches are the items on top our wish lists.


On this note… say what you want about Crocs but if Christopher Kane turns them into tie-dye print covered, resin-moulded sparkly bejewelled fashion statements, we might just find ourselves ditching heels, too. Some things may only happen in London, but as they say: when in Rome…


Ashish also deserves a very special mention. All too many conversations around fashion weeks revolve around appropriation (SS17 edition: starring Marc Jacobs) or complete lack of diversity on catwalks (starring, well, most brands). It was then so refreshing to see Ashish Gupta nodding heavily to his Indian roots, proving that London is a place where we celebrate diversity


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