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The London Fashion Week spring 2018 edition is surprising us once more with three of its most visionary artists, whose creative spring 2018 runway shows will surely overwhelm you with inspirations aplenty. Whether one fancies the Versus Versace, Christopher Kane, and Tommy Hilfiger signature styles or not, their latest spring line-ups were refreshing to say the least, even when featuring some of the quirkiest, anti-fashion-inspired items.
They all placed different versions of fluidity and dynamicity at the centre of their shows, marking important milestones of what will soon be described as the newest post-millennial fashion industry. Let’s see what Versus Versace, Christopher Kane, and Tommy Hilfiger had to say about the following warmer months!
Versus Versace Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Who if not Donatella Versace could celebrate New York in another city? One of this LFW’s most acclaimed highlights was definitely Versus Versace’s spring 2018 collection, which brought strong 90s-inspired New York vibes to a quiet backroom at Central Saint Martins, in London.
Although being predominantly New York-influenced, the latest Versus Versace line-up featured cool London vibes too, as reflected in the many checked patterns and slightly punk rock-inspired ensembles.
Inspirations aside, what we got at this Versus Versace co-ed spring 2018 runway show was a glimpse of the future ready-to-wear fashion, where past references are already being mixed with future perspectives on fluidity and style. Versus Versace’s spring/ summer 2018 collection was, in fact, all about a post-millennial kind of fashion, which exuded a carefree edginess we yet had to see at LFW.
Youthful and filled with skirt suits, practical anoraks, revealing tops, and genderless shorts aplenty, the Versus Versace spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection might mark the beginning of a new Versace era.
Christopher Kane Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
One should always expect the unexpected when it comes to Christopher Kane. For this latest Christopher Kane spring 2018 collection, this statement got translated to a dream array of both geometrically and more fluidly structured ensembles, with tactic cut-outs and ruffles aplenty refining each figure accordingly.
In trying to find the best inspiration for his spring 2018 collection, Christopher Kane bumped into the old paradox of illusory cleanliness, both seen from a metaphorical and practical point of view. As he explained backstage, cleanliness is not always synonymous with neatness but rather “filth”, as it is often in the cleanest environments that the filthiest things take place.
For this reason, his mood board got filled with pictures of trash bags, mop heads, and duster cloths, along with pictures of brothel keeper Cynthia Payne who, in the Eighties, often entertained what should be regarded as the house of the righteousness, i.e. the House of Parliament.
That’s why the Christopher Kane spring/ summer 2018 collection fluctuated back and forth from the aforementioned structured figures, certainly leaving those who attended the show in awe. Last but not least, we cannot help but mention what are already becoming the spring 2018 must-have items, i.e. Christopher Kane’s beautifully ugly Croc-like shoes, embellished with layers of jewellery pieces and a metaphorical kind of confidence that, however, won’t probably be everyone’s cup of tea for sure.
Tommy Hilfiger Tommy x Gigi Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 RTW Collection
Here we are with one of London Fashion Week’s most awaited runway shows – Tommy Hilfiger’s. Along with Michael Kors, Gucci, and Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger is one of those brands that doesn’t seem to take the devastating blows of the current crisis, but is rather growing exponentially in terms of both sales and fans year after year.
This success is surely also due to Tommy Hilfiger’s muse and all-time favorite model Gigi Hadid, who this time around co-designed Tommy Hilfiger’s Tommy x Gigi fall 2017 collection as well (she has already co-designed three Tommy Hilfiger line-ups so far). It was a #TommyNow show, namely revisited in a see-now-buy-now formula, and was also presented in a co-ed format.
For his Tommy x Gigi fall/ winter 2017-2018 collection, Tommy Hilfiger (and Gigi Hadid) focused on street-wear-inspired ensembles once more, infusing them with either clear grunge references or slightly Eighties-inspired rock accents. Oversized hoodies, shredded jeans, sweatshirts, and t-shirt dresses were the centre of the attention during this Tommy Hilfiger fall 2017 runway show, along with a clear appeal for tech innovations.
Called Rockcircus, Tommy Hilfiger’s #TommyNow show took entertainment to a whole new level, lessening the distances between the present and the future, as well as between the modern and the post-modern.
“[We’re] breaking all the rules and disrupting the fashion industry with new authentic experiences for consumers around the world,” declared Tommy Hilfiger. “As we continue our leadership role in democratizing the runway, we are driven by our passion to come up with new all-inclusive ways to involve and empower consumers, male and female, to take part in these unique experiences.”
Photos via Vogue