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Home to creative talents, London’s artistic aura gives its best during London Fashion Week. Since London is also the city of contrasts, we decided to undertake our first journey of LFW diaries, analysing the spring 2018 and fall 2017 collections of Mary Katrantzou, Topshop Unique and Burberry, as their creative directors perfectly exemplify London’s unique and empowering diversity, as well as visionary views on fashion.
Mary Katrantzou, Burberry, and Topshop Unique have all different visions on the industry, yet they all share a tenaciously strong spirit that is beyond motivational for us, and which helped them reach some of the industry’s most remarkable successes.
Let’s see how the Mary Katrantzou, Burberry, and Topshop Unique collections will affect the industry’s next few months in terms of styles, inspirations, and trends.
Mary Katrantzou Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
London Fashion Week spring 2018 took us back down memory lane making us reminisce about the old good times of our childhoods, as reflected in the main source of inspiration for the Mary Katrantzou spring 2018 collection.
For her spring 2018 runway show, fashion designer Mary Katrantzou got inspired by her everyday childhood objects, such as “Lego, Spirograph, paint-by-numbers books, balloons, marbles, Hama beads.” For this reason, one cannot help but nostalgically smile while looking at these creations, as they emanate happiness, carefreeness, and overall joie de vivre.
Although being inspired by her childhood memories, Mary Katrantzou’s spring 2018 collection was anything but childish, as each one of her ensembles exuded clear haute couture-esque vibes, which found their main source of inspiration in Cristobal Balenciaga’s envisions of fashion.
Puffy, colorful, and extremely bon-ton in its styles, Mary Katrantzou’s spring/ summer 2018 proposals make us long for spring already.
Topshop Unique Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Inspired by Soho’s heady ’90s nightlife scene, as stated in the show’s invitation note, the Topshop Unique spring 2018 collection was fun, functional, and effortlessly cool, with all of its metallic fabrics, slip dresses, and miniskirts. It was also an ode to sensuality, with all its tactic transparencies that almost instantly reminded us of one of the latest, most coveted spring 2018 fashion trends from New York Fashion Week.
Party-ready ensembles aside, the Topshop Unique spring 2018 collection got us covered with a plethora of stylish separates to actually wear all year around (unless your country gets freezingly cold during wintertime), and which could be easily used both during a night out or a more formal meeting. Topshop Unique centred its spring 2018 collection on contrasts, and we can’t help but love it!
Burberry Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 RTW Collection
Christopher Bailey’s Burberry is finally rising from the ashes and slowly increasing its sales after a few turbulent seasons. For Burberry, venturing into the infamous see-now-buy-now formula proved to be a good way to reinvigorate the fashion house’s popularity, as seen in the latest Burberry fall/ winter 2017-2018 collection, too.
Like last year’s fall 2017 runway show, for this seasonal collection, he combined fashion with art once again, with a retrospective of 20th-century British photography. Called Here We Are, the exhibition runs until Oct. 1 at the Old Sessions House (where Burberry’s fall 2017 runway show took place), and served as the main inspiration for Bailey’s creations.
For his Burberry fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection, Bailey celebrated all things British, from Burberry’s signature check to the track pants of the working class. Instead of undergoing an identity crisis, which many British-based designers are surely experiencing due to the imminent Brexit and other contemporary issues, Bailey remained strict to Burberry’s traditions, revisiting them through a more functional and modern lens.
Bailey’s vision of the country was a raw, realistic yet artistic kind of Britain, and we bet his baseball caps, hooded anoraks, and warm, knitted skirts will conquer many non-British souls, as well.
Photos via Vogue