Monday, September 23, 2013


There are a couple of interesting similarities between the London Fashion Week spring 2014 and New York Fashion Week collections. One of them is the strong focus on athletic influences, which defined the lines of many brands. If New York Fashion Week focused on the casual side of style, at the London fashion shows, sportswear accents were merged with elegant vibes, for a completely different vibe.

Geometric Cuts & Patterns at Preen
Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi brought minimalism and athletic influences into the spotlight in their spring 2014 collection. The line brought simple asymmetric dresses with clean cut details, a myriad of geometric color block prints and a multitude of elegant yet sporty accents. The color palette revolved around cornflower blue, florescent and pastel pink tones, crisp white and dramatic grey and black tones.

Japanese Influences at David Koma
Japanese martial arts have inspired David Koma's spring 2014 line. The designer envisioned a “strong elegant warrior” and brought a variety of cool geometric dresses with an instantly noticeable sexy vibe. Many times, the creations had a strong futuristic vibe due to the strong focus on asymmetry, the bold cutouts and the leather and bonded neoprene accents. The daring cutouts brought an additional sexy vibe to the new looks. Though black and white combos were preferred in the first part of the show, in the second half, the label brought cream and bold blue tones for more diversity.

Androgonity at Erdem
Designer Erdem Moralioglu, who typically focuses on ladylike designs, explored androgynous influences in his spring 2014 line: “I’m really interested in the idea of a girl dressing like a boy, and a boy dressing like a girl,” he explained. The idea was reflected through simple silhouettes, asymmetry, sporty accents and a strong focus on black and white. Among the main highlights of the show were moto jackets, sweatshirts, cool warp skirts, tulle dresses or ostrich feather accents. 

Abstract Prints at Michael van der Ham
For designer Michael van der Ham the spring 2014 collection was, in a way, a continuation of his resort 2014 line, featuring a multitude of opulent fabrics. Once again, the designer combined contrasting textures, using his multi-layered patchwork signature and focused on strong, structured silhouettes. The designer favored a dark color palette of navy, black, ash gray, with occasional lime and coral accents. Pattern-wise, abstract motifs dominated, though mash-ups of zebra and leopard prints were also spotted.

Sportswear Vibes at Pringle of Scotland
The Pringle of Scotland spring 2014 line presented at the Connaught Hotel was also inspired by the idea of opposites, but at a different level: “mixing activewear with old-school tailoring”, with a strong focus on knitwear. The new line brought geometric shapes, mesh details, abstract prints and argyle motifs defined the new looks. The line brought a multitude of chic, modern pieces that could be easily incorporated in any cool girl's wardrobe.

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