LFW A/W 12-13 Commences
London Fashion Week kicked off last Friday (17 February 2012) with designers confirming key directions seen on the New York catwalks.
Classic British tradition (as referenced at US label Ralph Lauren) was an early inspiration, with UK heritage brand Daks presenting a country 'shooting party' aesthetic with flowing coats, capes, leather riding boots and polished brogues paired with the brand's signature check.
Tartan is shaping up to be one of the season's key fabrications – see London-based Corrie Nielson's overblown tartan opera skirts for the boldest look so far – confirming Stylus' Protest Autumn/Winter 2012-13 material projections. Elsewhere, Irish designer J.W. Anderson showed ‘Lady of the Manor’-style tweed and tartan skirts, and Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders showed tartan silk pleated dresses and knitwear.
British label Clements Ribeiro showed plaid pencil skirts, tartan coats and long ruched leather gloves, inspiring a sense of regal tradition. Pops of vivacious red, fuschia and cobalt blue kept the look youthful, while paisley printed separates added interest to the classic silhouettes. The label was also the latest collection to show the black ‘bin-liner’ leather-look trousers previously highlighted by Stylus, signifying that this particular piece will be a key piece for the upcoming season.
London’s rebellious streak has not been lost either. British label Aquascutum fused heritage with a serious dose of attitude for another collection which well-reflects Stylus’ Protest concept. Military wool trench coats, structured biker jackets and leather panelling offered an urban warrior uniform, while flashes of tweed and speckled wool outerwear retained the iconic brand's heritage aesthetic.
London Fashion Week continues until February 22 2012.