Prints are always popular at London Fashion Week. It has to do with that freedom to experiment that London-based designers have. London is quickly becoming an epicenter for young, creative fashion designers who push the boundaries and break the rules. Prints are pretty tricky, but the London crowd have got them down. From artistic abstractions to digitally produced images to recognizable patterns and motifs, color and print interweave in a way that channels fun and edgy glamour.
It's difficult to categorize the style of prints that went down London runways this past week because there was such a variety. Clements Ribeiro showed ornate prints fit for historic tapestries and rugs. Michael van der Ham presented us with juxtapositions of abstractly printed fabrics and painterly florals, staying true to his aesthetic. Basso & Brooke put different prints together in the same garment with little transition between. Erdem's bright, feminine florals were modern and punchy.
Though one can't place all of these prints under one identity, it's certainly true that they are all bold yet beautifully done.
Left and right: Clements Ribeiro
Left and right: Michael van der Ham
Left and right: Basso & Brooke
Left and right: Louise Gray
Left and right: Erdem
Left: Holly Fulton
Left: James Long for Fashion East
Right: Felder Felder
I was not extremely surprised to see the limited number of bright colors at London Fashion Week this season. The London-based designers who show at Fashion Week are more renowned for prints and textiles (see lengthy section above). Nonetheless, gloomy England did produce some cheerful brights. Roksanda Ilincic had a beautiful set of azure blues and vibrant purples and Acne showed some quick pops of shocking neon - almost radioactive - green.
Right: Roksanda Ilincic
Left: Peter Jensen
I have placed the following looks in this category - though strange as it seems - because people are often quick to judge such a style. Before you hastily regard the following as "weird" or "strange," take a closer look. This may be Fashion Week, but these images are examples of art. It takes true vision to compose such designs, and I ask you to put your words aside and just observe for a minute. The garments below are beautifully crafted and imaginative; not just anyone can dream up something like this. Though you might not dare wear these clothes out in public, remember that fashion is more than just the fabric on our backs: fashion is self-expression, just like the art in a museum.
All images from style.com
All looks by Meadham Kirchhoff
Meadham Kirchhoff's "interplanetary disco" is filled with a cacophony of color and print, intended to represent the happiness of the outsiders who forget the misery and anger caused by the world in favor of joining one huge party. Take a second look at the designs; this is not crazy, this is art portraying a statement.
(For more beautiful insanity, check out Jeremy Scott's New York show.)
Next up, Milan!