London Fashion Week: February 22
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s London Fashion Week runway shows: Mary Katrantzou explores contrast with Victorian-inspired dimension and sleek, mod silhouettes, all atop a runway landscape of pink foam pyramids; while Topshop gets retro at the historic Tate Britain gallery in decadent ’70s style.
Fashion Office Bottom Line: “The last few seasons, Mary Katrantzou distanced herself from the riot of digital prints with which she first made her name in favor of a cleaner, more geometric aesthetic that focused on cut and shape. This collection still ran very much along that vein, but progressed from monochromatic opening looks to gorgeous William Morris-inspired jacquards and tapestries, offering distinctively ’60s/’70s-influenced silhouettes and a beautiful sense of gothic romance.” —Red Godfrey, VP Fashion Office
Fashion Office Bottom Line: “The latest show from the British megabrand played to all the major trends that we’ve seen popping up in New York and now London. A strong, early ’70s mood prevailed with chunky shearling, tweeds, plaids and velvet. The overall looks were slightly more grown-up and polished than seasons past, but the final lace-and-feathered looks were youthful, pretty takes on classic evening attire.”
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