LFW SS 2015: the fantasy land

17/09/2014

Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
On a global scale, London, as it happens, really is the fantasy land, the land of dreamers, born and bred to be sent across the world and keep the magic going. It allows the freedom of creativity, forgives an occasional faux pas and wholeheartedly welcomes any form of invention: parachute fabrics, plastics, laminates, stones, feathers, metals - anything that can be moulded and shaped eventually finds its way to the catwalk. Understanding it may require, but, just like the good old English humour it takes time, effort and sincere desire to understand, embrace and let it be... because London really is the place where fashion can be a form of art and self-expression that gets into the deepest corners of your mind and touches the soul, the process so captivating it often feels like a one-to-one with a psychologist (or psychiatrist, in some cases).

The last five days were very nourishing for the mind, indeed. There were collections that spoke to me as a woman who looks for inspiration and something new to wear comes spring, and there were those that made me dream and feel excited about fashion, the idea of it, the sense of emotional escapism... 

So lets just talk about some of them... Starting with the dreamers.

From the signature prints to couture is the way to describe Mary Katrantzou's five-year journey through fashion - the girl doesn't take a bus from one stop to another. She is a kind of traveller that has an access to a time machine - otherwise how would one explain this trip to the late Paleozoic era, 200 million years away when Pangea split into the continents.

Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Katrantzou's imagination was a dance of fantasy, from the actual movements of the body that she saw as interlocking tectonic plates to the moment when the supercontinent was broken apart...

Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Her Spring/Summer 2015 was mesmerising...

Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
It was a kind of palpable beauty, from the lava-like catwalk and the music that bounced off the walls, melting into the emptiness, to the clothes, with all the lace and organza, the scrumptious softly sparkling beading and the embroidery resembling the skin of the ancient creatures or the crawling plants that covered the Earth, the sheer tulle gowns making it look as if the runway was cooling down and the organza was the smoke evaporating from the shimmering black chips.

Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Lucky those women who will be able to have these dresses, see them every time they open their wardrobe, touch the surface of the fabric, and, once in a while, wear them because, despite being so very couture in execution, it was still a ready-to-wear collection, down to the last stitch and button, just a very stunning one.

Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015
The enchanting wilderness, but of a more prosaic 19th century, and the works of Marianne North, the biologist and botanical artists, were behind the Erdem Moralioglu's dark and seductive collection. It began with embroidered dresses, covered in tropical patterns and the feathered creations, but then moved into the innocent, almost Victorian, lace and broderie anglaise frocks and softened, romantic and sensual silk gowns.

Erdem Spring/Summer 2015 inspiration board
It was a living painting: the background of uneven stone slabs, the sharp leaves of the plants that surrounded the runway and the models walking among this ravishing, whispering garden, so beautiful and fragile.

Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
Erdem Spring/Summer 2015
I don't want or cannot pretend to be somebody in-the-know when it comes to the certain moments that stir emotions within the industry, I didn't study at St Martins nor know enough about the people who did or those who inspired them, but I did know about Louise Wilson and have read the stories about her and the students she nurtured. She was one of those teachers I wish everyone had, at least once in their lives - the world would be a better and more beautiful place then, with less b.s. and more honesty...

Christopher Kane Spring/Sumemr 2015
Losing this woman so soon was unfair, and the event left a whole in many people hearts, including Christopher Kane, one of the Wilson's students. And so, without saying too many words, he turned to the language of fashion and his memories and presented one of the most beautiful and sophisticated collections he's even designed. Dedicated to Louise Wilson. 

It was such a labour of love! The electrifying flashes of light created by the satin fabric and metallic accents... The gathered organza tamed by the cone-moulded tops and fitted jackets... The sheer lace dresses embroidered with ropes... It was Kane's geometry, but this time with a very European, almost Parisian, flair. Unforgettable collection and one of the most beautiful he's ever done.

Christopher Kane Spring/Sumemr 2015
Christopher Kane Spring/Sumemr 2015
Christopher Kane Spring/Sumemr 2015
Christopher Kane Spring/Sumemr 2015
Christopher Kane Spring/Sumemr 2015
Christopher Kane Spring/Sumemr 2015
Christopher Kane Spring/Sumemr 2015
Christopher Kane Spring/Sumemr 2015
Christopher Kane Spring/Sumemr 2015
Christopher Kane Spring/Sumemr 2015
Christopher Kane Spring/Sumemr 2015
Christopher Kane Spring/Sumemr 2015
Photo source: Erdem Spring/Summer 2015 via vogue.com, Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2015, Erdem Spring/Summer 2015 and Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2015 collections via style.com and stylebistro.com

9 comments:

  1. The detail on this clothing is absolutely magnificent.
    And these girls are gorgeous.

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  2. I always really look forward to the London shows for that very reason you mention... they're just so full of fantasy and originality. Mary K is always a favorite and I love the emotional attachment to Chris Kane's collection. Thanks for sharing all the beauty!

    xx Hélène
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  3. LFW has a big impression on me!
    Thank's to all your blogposts:)))*

    Such a very beautiful collection of Mary Katranzou....
    And much more designers inspired me too!

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  4. Loved the way you described London! And what an amazing, amazing collection - I will be back for inspirations soon. :) Thank you! xxx

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  5. All the collections are so beautiful like a dream! I love London fashion. I think there is so much originality,bold ideas and effortless execution. :)

    xx
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  6. I have to say that LFW is unrivaled, I've always seen the best collections!
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  7. I admit - I am a Paris fashion girl at heart (which should not surprise you), and Milan follows close behind on my list of favourites. I think it is the eclectic nature of London that leads to my love-hate relationship with it. When it is good, it is so, so good - and it was this season. But when it isn't, it can be bitterly disappointing.
    xox,
    Cee

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  8. these looks are incred! I so wish I could have gone to LFW! x
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  9. There's nothing like LFW! These designs were beautiful Natalia!
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