London Fashion Week – AW13 – Day Two

And John Rocha was his name, oh.

Model/face/brows of the moment, Cara Delevingne kick started our Saturday with her first London date of the season; Sister by Sibling. Held at The ICA, the trio’s AW13 collection continued the oversized themes seen earlier in the year at Sibling, mixing these alongside their signature leopard print-appearing in a red/black combo, extra large berets and pastel coloured four-piece floral sets. Paula Yates was their muse and The Waitresses’ ‘I Know What Boys Like’ played out in the finale.

Bare midriffs, fluffy collars and velvet peep toes all made their way onto the maze like catwalk at Antipodium’s 10 o’clock show. Held at The London Film Museum, ‘SEX, LIES & CCTV’ saw bold shades of pink, lemon and lime collide with metallic violet and neutral grey and camel. Bleach’s Alex Brownswell was responsible for the slightly quiffed, slightly 40’s hair do, and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ by UB40 closed the show.

Clements Ribeiro took us to our third location of the day, showing their Autumn Winter collection at Bloomsbury Ballroom. The label’s usual exotic foundations saw punk buckles, tartan and lace added to the mix; the footwear was courtesy of Underground and Suzanne Clements wore a Rolling Stones motif sweater to take her bow. Florals and bright colours weren’t amiss, mind.

From the old school to the new, and Fashion Scout’s Ones To Watch showcase. YEASHIN showed first with a varied colour palette presented via mini dresses, coats and jackets. Shapes were girly and applique ruled supreme. In contrast, Patrick Li showed a selection of velvet, leather and glittery dresses with numerous horizontal lines. Continuing her theme of heavy fringe use-seen in her MA collection at last year’s Central Saint Martins show-Yulia Kondranina ‘s frocks were all full length, each paired with smart black trousers to protect the models modesty.

Another designer who knows a thing or two about the old school, John Rocha took his bow by walking the length of the catwalk hand in hand with his closing model. And people clapped, when they weren’t snapping away on their iPad’s they clapped. The collection itself was a mighty impressive array of oversized goodness. From peach coloured coats to yellow cobweb dresses, all accompanied with dramatic black headpieces and patent Mary-Janes.

Septum piercings, floor length pleats and lace covered bosoms all strode down the catwalk at Todd Lynn. Suiting was heavy with arrangements in black, grey and blue, while overhead the music began in a space like trance. Colour shone through with highlights of both bright and shimmering purple, but for the most part neutrals took pride of place.

A stop off at 52 Momnouth Street brought us fun and frolics courtesy of Fred Butler. Her pop-up shop-painted in signature Butler blocks of colour-houses collab heels (Rosy Nicholas), knits (EDE London) and cupcakes (Pomp De Franc), while her fashion film for ‘Wham Bam, Tangram Famalam’ played downstairs.

‘Nana Rave’, a fitting title for a collection that stamped it’s way across a carpet catwalk (in swirly 70’s prints and tortoiseshell heels). For House of Holland’s Autumn Winter, the future is bright. Cocktail glass earrings, diamante smothered knits, and glitter covered cat eye sunnies sat alongside va va voom orange shearling lined parkas, PVC tops and 50’s frocks. Hair was left loose and eyes were dominated with pink glitter from the corner out.

To close our second day, David Koma. Plenty of swishing skirt shapes, sheer panels and exaggerated piping were noted, while the crème de la crème was a series of leather biker pieces. All leather and zips and cast in full red or black, these looks were the most striking. Nude, dusty blue and silver were also present, as were heavy felt pieces offering a new silhouette that veered from the favoured bodycon.

Saturday in a nutshell, ladies and gents.

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