London Fashion Week begins

Sunday, 14 September 2014
Korean designer Jackie Lee, better known by her label J. Js Lee, kicked of London Fashion Week on Friday. Minimalist sporty and geometric shapes are Lee's signature, who was originally a menswear designer prior to studying under the tutelage of Central Saint Martins Louise Wilson. A pretty floral motif broke the palette of white, silver and pastels while a navy-collared sleeveless top worn with a plisse skirt and simple sandals, looked at first glance to be not so interesting for the catwalk, until it was seen up close with its precision geometry and sculpting.

Christopher Raeburn showed his trademark utilitarian ready-to-wear on the opening day of London Fashion Week. Anoraks and outerwear were uber lightweight, with a stand-out pieces in a digital weather-pattern-map prints and candy pink parachute silk. The latter was an undyed original parachute material used in humanitarian aid drops.

Sibling took inspiration from an 80s dress up box, and on the runway showed hand-crocheted raffia dresses with macramé details and oversize fluffy jumpers that turned out to be curly rubber bands on closer inspection. All set off by Madonna hair bows, circa 1983.

The Alexander McQueen label has always had an edgy and punk vibe as one of mainstream's fashion's more subversive brands. The McQ line, the younger sibling to the main collection, was both sporty and tough, with a sophisticated punk element. Track pants with beer can prints showed a sense of humour, but tunics and vests came in ultra-feminine pastels and the boyfriend jean was updated with a wider cut, culotte form.

British heritage brand Daks showed a collection that steered clear of its history, i.e. gone was the camel-coloured cashmere, the checks and the sensible rainmac. Instead the company's creative director Filippo Scuffi offered new ideas, forsaking sportswear for ballet as one of his inspirations, with colours in lavender, grey and white as seen on fluid dresses and skirts. Daks holds three royal warrants, but perhaps this collection was not meant for the queen.

Images: LFW SS15

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