By Sara Khan
London Fashion Week was back in town and we didn’t want to miss any of the action! Throughout the week we saw a range of collections for spring summer 2018. Some of the key features and trends to look out for next summer include horticultural details and tropical prints, the return of the ruffle, bright bold colours such as yellow, and the much loved millennial-pink is here to stay.
Checkout the highlights from London Fashion Week below.
Emilio de la Morena
Spanish-born Emilio de la Morena studied sculpture whilst in Spain, and came to London some 12 years ago to work as a consultant. It was during his time in London that Emilio discovered his passion for fashion design. For his spring/summer 18 collection, Emilio took inspiration from the cult film Clueless. Sharp tailoring and jackets with padded shoulders were complimented by nipped waists and flared hips. Materials such as tweed woven by a French Mill, silk, satin, and organza all featured heavily in the boldly coloured collection.
Temperley London’s collection transported us to the French Riviera where the days are spent poolside followed by martinis at golden hour.
The looks included candy coloured and stripped palazzo pants, ankle skimming cardigans, and stretch cotton jumpsuits. The graphic prints were horticulturally themed, hand painted, and had embroidered detailing of tropical gardens.
The label also presented a range of eveningwear made with iridescent sequins, sheer gathered tulle, and crystal embellishments.
Scottish-born Holly Fulton’s label epitomises modern relaxed luxury and is instantly recognisable. For her collection, Holly took inspiration from Biba’s 360 vision, the pop of Sottsass and the modern lines of Mackintosh.
The label partnered with John Smedley to create a capsule of knitted sports tops, graphic coats and long line track pants. The satin slips, shirts, and pyjama suits were covered in graphical prints that were hand rendered by Holly. Statement jewellery and accessories such as perspex necklaces and 'treasure chest' bag that were crafted in Holly’s London studio and used to finish off the looks.
The presentation also featured interior pieces such as upholstered sofas from Moooi, Japanese woven wallpaper, hand painted baroque urns, and printed fine bone china plates.
Sadie Williams’ presentation immersed us into a disco meadow – a world for the free-spirited women who love adventures. Sadie drew inspiration from the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift (an English camping, hiking and handicraft group from the 1920s with ambitions to bring world peace) and a feeling of kindship towards their energetic, “futuristic ceremonial garb”.
The collection used folkloric symbols, organic motifs and muted hand-dyed hues with a blocky boldness and a punch of colour. Each of the looks contained hand collaged prints, hand dyed fabrics, applique and stencil silk screen prints. These looks were combined with sparkling sequined fabrics that presented a fun mix of rustic roughness with glimmering girlishness.