Ah, London! Among all the Fashion Weeks, it is London that is able to wow the crowds and gain new fans with its focus on representation. It is not just skin color defining race, either. It is not just plus sized models mixed in with those thinner than most in Western countries.
London’s designers made sure to include models with scars, disfigurements, skin conditions and even birthmarks covering over half their bodies. From a buyer’s standpoint, this is a huge leap forward, allowing the catwalk to look more real, earth-based, instead of the magical walk it has always been seen as.
The modern woman comes in all shapes and sizes, all colors and designs. It’s empowering to see every type of woman on that stage, rocking those garments with confidence and pride in who she is. Victoria Beckham’s London debut definitely turned some heads with its inclusivity.
Which designer’s products did you like best from this London Fashion Week spring 2019 diary?
Victoria Beckham Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
It has been 10 years since Victoria Beckham’s London debut, since the days she put aside her Posh Spice persona and took to the runway as a designer with major skill. Year after year, she has brought us creations that are both beautiful to behold and quite wearable, playing up the year’s fashion trends and adding a few of her own along the way.
For years, she chose New York Fashion Week instead of the UK, but for the Victoria Beckham spring 2019 collection, London was home. Opening her London debut was 47-year-old Stella Tennant in a gorgeous and ultra-feminine white suit, complete with a lacy silk blouse and silver shoes. Beckham showed the world that she is not afraid to feature older women, nor women of different appearances, embracing inclusivity to its fullest.
Beckham’s core color use fell in the red, black and camel palette, with looks that are versatile but chic and fit for both girls and women. The designs were flattering on the bodies, smartly tailored and beautifully put together. What truly adds to the appeal of her pieces is the sharp clarity of it all.
The looks are bold but not extravagant, the color coordination done just right. For spring 2019, she decided to pair dresses with trousers in a rather ‘90s fashion, while a top trend from the past seasons has made it through to the coming spring as well with the deconstructed versions of our favorite ensembles. Added blazers to the trouser outfits add the cherry on top.
Christopher Kane Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
While a woman’s sex appeal has been pushed aside of late due to high necklines, low hems and oversized pieces dominating the runways, Christopher Kane has drawn inspiration from the ‘70s manual aptly named The Joy of Sex by Chris Foss and Charles Raymond. It was an extensive collection with many highlights featuring some of the designer’s signatures.
From lace detailing to crystal embellishment, strategic cut-outs to phrases alluding to sex, we had a lineup that was unlike the most appearing on the runways these days. We have to admit, gemstone-embellished boots do have their rather corny appeal, no matter the generation looking at it.
Squared shoulders, tiny waists, and lacy additions to everything from tops to dresses to shoes made the Christopher Kane spring 2019 show something to gossip about for the coming months, or just until the next season when he brings out something even more glamorous.
Kane’s strength is in dressing celebrities, particularly in sensationalist dress as we saw during the Met Gala of 2015 when Twigs appeared in one of the designer’s dresses that featured a rather provocative silhouette of a certain part of the male anatomy. He’s made to be memorable, not professionally chic.
And so, that is exactly what was delivered for the Christopher Kane spring 2019 RTW collection. Mind you, while some of the prints might not be to one’s taste, there are dresses among the 57 outfits that are more than worth checking out.
Burberry Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
When we think Burberry, we think safe, clean, and beautiful. We think feminine, classy and professional. We think, male, female and even unisex. For the Burberry spring 2019 collection, we also think Wild West and family. This was Riccardo Risci’s debut collection for the house, and he certainly found a way to appeal to everyone, male and female, of all generations.
The women’s collection was everything expected of Burberry and more. Its inclusivity was not missed either, as most of the designs are meant to flatter a woman’s figure no matter her age. At the end of the show, including both male and female, there were 134 looks to choose from; boy was it a good night for fashion.
Tisci is ambitious, smart and with a strong sense of global fashion. He broke through the higher middle class mold and brought in smooth, minimally embellished designs for the older community, while sliced-short leather skirt suits and utility shirts, anoraks and rain ponchos had youth written all over it. Which was your favorite from the huge Burberry spring 2019 collection unveiled?
Photos via Vogue