Amy Adores…The best of London Fashion Week

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fashion Month is raring ahead at a pace none of us can seem to keep up with. While New Yorker’s are still reeling at the impending falling leaves of Fall, London Fashion Week has come and gone, and while editors and industry insiders make their way to Milan for the next block of shows, AvenueInsider is giving you a peek at our favorite collections from LFW.

Burberry Prorsum

There’s simply no London Fashion Week without a runway presentation from classic British design house, Burberry. But the epitome of classic Brit style had some serious surprises up it’s well-tailored sleeves this season, as hunky creative director Christopher Bailey steered us away from his often muted color palette, replacing it with bold prints and fabrics that celebrate the art of hand-crafted goods. Shiny stripes took the place of the classic plaid and bold pops of color sent a burst of energy through the crowded audience. This new direction was such a pleasant surprise for a company who has successfully (and chicly) stuck so close to a formula for so long. I can only imagine what Bailey has for us next, but in the mean time, I’ll be welcoming the rain for a chance to swap my khaki trench for one of these stand-out patterns this coming Spring.

Mary Katrantzou

While many of us fashion folk have been drooling over Mary Katrantzou’s stunning graphic patterns and chic silhouettes for seasons now, it seems her influence is continuing to spread as she presented her Spring 2012 collection to a packed house filled with industry insiders and fashion fiends alike. Now carried at Opening Ceremony in Soho and seen on the likes of Keira Knightly and Anna Dello Russo, the designer has taken her recognizable pattern prowess to new heights with a collection that screamed (quite loudly) of daring chicness. Aside from her obvious penchant for florals, the shapes she creates with her garments are at once daring and simple and ultimately flattering on any body type. From asymmetrically hemmed lawn shirts paired with bold trousers, to curve accentuating cocktail dresses, Katrantzou has quickly become the designer to be seen in whether your schmoozing in Soho or dining on the Upper East Side.


A fellow Opening Ceremony affiliate, Acne has long been known as the epitome of uber-trendy, geek-chic. From tailored pants to over-size sweaters, there’s never a season where all us East siders aren’t drooling in our stadium seats. Influenced by a visit to Marrakech, designer Johnny Johansson delved into classic silhouetts and de-constructed them in a successful effort to modernize wardrobe staples. With just enough edge to please the East Village crowd, and the perfect dash of uptown Prep, this Swedish label has quickly become a staple of every style-conscious New Yorker’s wardrobe. Staying on the Spring 2012 pastel trend, Johansson mixed soft lavendars and crisp citrus hues with black embellished leather and blue, sparkle adorned fabrics. It’s a juxtaposition that gives a necessary refreshment to a series of runway shows that have been a wash of muted colors. Acne is no longer a dreaded four letter word ladies and gentleman, so get thee to their Soho shop and embrace your inner chic.


With the Midas touch of London’s newest royal (yes, we mean Kate Middleton), Erdem Moralioglu once again presented a collection that was polished, preppy and perfectly fit for a royal excursion, while at the same time retaining it’s it-girl fashion status. With his signature bold patterns tying the Canadian expat to his fellow London designers, pops of muted tones in sparkly chiffon and adorable headpieces that were equal parts Gatsby and Madeline, the presentation this past week was a cohesive collection of chic and elegant garments that could suit any number of occasions; from dinner to dancing these ultra-femme pieces are screaming to find their way into this Insider’s starving Spring wardrobe. Oh Canada indeed.

Runners Up: Matthew Williamson, Preen, Issa London

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