Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Leftovers: London Fashion Week FW10

There were many reasons that the jump from New York to London excited me. Less fur. Almost no velvet. The fact that Burberry stayed in town for another season.

The mood in London was minimal. And for that reason, it seemed to be lacking some of the energy that I normally associate with it. Even in the fall and winter, I have come to expect something a bit wild, crazy, experimental. There were still some of these elements, but there was definitely also a certain coldness to the clothes. I haven't fully decided yet if that shift was a good or bad thing. But with my love for the simple, I'll probably end up falling into the good camp.

The prints were still there, though this season saw them in the muted colors that have been dominating the runways for the past few weeks.

At Emilio De La Moreno

At Mary Katrantzou

At Matthew Williamson

At Peter Pilotto

As they were in New York, the 90s were on also display in London, but instead of school girls and the first new inklings of grunge, the minimalism of that decade was the focus.

At Maria Grachvogel

London, the first to reintroduce the 1980s to us, has tired of the decade. And, as was seen in small ways on the New York runways, has decided to take us back just a bit further.

At Aquascutum

At Amanda Wakeley

At Margaret Howell

Burberry Prorsum stayed true to the military inspiration that they began playing with in their pre-fall collection and created a cadre of coats and boots that I would like to add to my collection immediately.

But if there is only one thing to take away from London (and from Paris as well, as you'll soon see), you're going to need a camel coat next fall.

At Aquascutum

At Jaeger London

At Nicole Farhi

At Clements Ribeiro

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