The spring 2019 runway collections shown in London benefited from great weather (for London) so far, but were not outshone, not even by each other. Clearly the designs were shown to rapt audiences, but those who like to plan ahead for future shopping trips will be mourning the last spring/ summer 2019 runway for Temperley London. Though she will obviously continue to produce fashion, apparently, Temperley London won’t be participating in the flurry of Fashion Week in the future.
Despite this sad bit of information, many beautiful designs softened the blow at not only the Temperley London show, but also the Mary Katrantzou and J.W. Anderson shows at London Fashion Week. Though J.W. Anderson was significantly more “out of the box” than many others, the fashions were in competition alone rather than against each other.
J.W. Anderson Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
Jonathan Anderson presented the J.W. Anderson spring/ summer 2019 collection in a way that showed us what he really wanted. What exactly did he want? Well, straight from Anderson’s mouth he “…wanted something a bit more bohemian. A celebration of fashion. Everything with fluidity to it, and patch-worked, somehow.”
We saw his vision on the runway, and it was interesting and complex. The clothes spoke loud and clear: there are options, viable, interesting options that look cool and wearable.
Sure, some pieces were a bit questionable but overall there was no lack of appeal in the options presented on the J.W. Anderson spring/ summer 2019 runway presentation. Many of the pieces were actually beautiful, amusing in places and cleverly designed.
Interesting details abound throughout the collection from variations of large sleeves to handkerchief point dresses and separates. The sheer number of options offered through this collection will give the tasteful who refuse to have fashion dictated to them exactly what they need. The entire collection is commercially viable and the materials irrefutably high grade.
Anderson is a part of the LVMH group. He has access to top-notch resources that will allow him to explore all of his interests and skills wherever his mind takes him. It is great that he was able to explore and fully realize his interests but it is the shopper who will truly benefit from the release of the collection for purchase.
Temperley London Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
In a runway show seen as the last of the hugely important shows, Temperley London put on an interesting show full of flowing silhouettes and surprise faces. Game of Thrones and Fast and the Furious fans were excited to Nathalie Emmanuel (known for playing the characters Missandei and Ramsey respectively) walk the runway along with composer Anoushka Shankar, Diana Temperley, actress Olga Kurylenko (who will be in the new Johnny English) and voice actress Laura Bailey.
The fashions each wore were stunning creations of details and stripes, sheer and well placed layers of fabric. The Temperley London spring 2019 collection was dramatic without being over the top with many iterations of nude and soft pastes throughout but also included brightly sparkling sequins. There were even lots of bright springtime greens and vibrant pastels.
Temperley London’s spring 2019 collection is supposedly the last one built on stressful prepping for the single important showing of clothes that sit on the floor for less time than the show took to create. Apparently, she is intending to focus her efforts on showing Pre and Cruise collections in a more workable, less stressful manner.
If this was to be her final impression of doing a runway presentation, she certainly did it right. The London sky, even clear and bright as it was that day, was no match for the beautifully cut suits, flowing dresses and dream-worthy two-piece sets.
Mary Katrantzou Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
Called “A collection about collections,” by Mary Katrantzou, her spring 2019 lineup showcased her trademark ingenuity in glorious new ways. She literally reimagined her previous designs through transfused new creations to present during her anniversary runway show.
Designs from over a decade of runway shows were presented as a hybrid collection that combined her themed collections based on gardens and insects, banknotes and stamps, objets d’art and heraldic embroidered badges. The refreshed fashions were clever with a more realistic yet still opulent feel. The fashions were shown in sections, keeping the audience intrigued and those with a favorite theme very happy.
As can be expected from Mary Katrantzou, the spring/ summer 2019 collection was artistic, showcasing volume and veils and shimmer and much more. The stamps portion of the collection featured a bit of a peek-a-boo game with lace between each “stamp.”
The success of each of her collections, especially considering the economic climate during her first release, has meant more to her than most people know. Katrantzou has a dedicated, solid fan base that she can rely on year after year, many of whom showed out in force for her newest collection.
“It is encouraging to have that validation,” Katrantzou admitted when speaking about the faithful clients in Dallas. Many of these fans and faithful buyers were happy to lend their pieces to the retrospective at Dallas Contemporary last year. Unsurprisingly, the amalgamation of her work, reimagined, reworked and melded together created a fantastic show.
Photos via Vogue