“Fashions change like leaves on the limb, some of which go and other come”, said Dante, in the Divine Comedy. Really, Fashion is always changing, slightly elusive, and extremely seductive. It has the power to transform an image and make a social statement. The four fashion capitals of the world namely New York, Paris, London, and Milan rein the ramp and have a huge influence in setting the upcoming trends. Fashion weeks, celebrities, and fashion designers introduce new trends and set the style for different seasons. Magazines, blogs, and tabloids endorse these latest trends to the masses and retailers. But when fashion meets London, world gets a new test of fashion variation. A dynamic and terrific combination arises, paving way for new trends and culture.
London Fashion Week (LFW) is a clothing trade show held in London twice each year, in February and September. Accordingly Spring/Summer 2014 collection was held from 13th September and came to a flourishing closing stage on 17th September, 2013. There were 60 catwalk shows on the official schedule as well as further 45 show off schedule and more than 30 on-schedule presentations and salon shows. The Designer Showrooms that ran alongside the catwalk shows showcase over 120 ready-to-wear and accessories designers each season. LFW visitors had access to many more designers through presentations, multi-brand and individual showrooms.
There were bursts of sunshine yellow, blooms evoking tropical gardens, and lots of pastel confections: As most people unpack their warm coats and hunker down for the wintry season, the fashion elite are already looking ahead to the trends for the spring shown at London Fashion Week. There was a noticeable fizzle, when J.W Anderson revealed his spring/summer collection. The designer is very much a favourite of the fashion set – he was recently described as radical by the Observer. His absurd, witty, outside-the-box thinking is what London fashion week is all about; humour, quirk and innovation. It’s not for nothing that LFW has increasingly gained a reputation as the most cutting edges of all the fashion week cities.
Although London is known for being the most eclectic and unpredictable of the fashion capitals, there were a few themes that emerged from the dozens of runways. Romance was in the air for many designers, with many catwalks awash in pretty pastels, petal appliques and floral prints and embellishments. All shades of pink were popular. Temporarily London went for the kind of classic old Hollywood glamor it relishes, while at Burberry feminine sheer lace pencil dresses in sugary pastels were worn with soft cashmere sweaters and coats for a sophisticated and sexy look. Vivienne Westwood produced a collection featuring her signature draped dresses and tailored separates, though those designs were sidelined by a modern dance performance with an environmentalist message by model Lily Cole. McCartney ditched the catwalk and took her audience to the gym instead for her new season sportswear collection for Adidas. Anglo-French design duo Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff’s show rounded off the week with a typically theatrical collection that mashed up Victorian lace, beautifully tailored blazers, whimsical apron dresses and lots of quirky accessories. The 5-day style event wound down after a whirlwind of next season’s womens wear preview shows, from the commercially driven big fashion houses like Burberry Prorsum, Tom Ford andPaul Smith to young and emerging talents such as Peter Pilotto and Christopher Kane. Over 5,000 visitors’s including buyers, TV & radio crews, journalists and photographers were focus this highest profile fashion events in the world and one of the ‘big four’ international catwalk influencers.