A matter of taste: my London fashion week impressions

25/02/2016

London fashion week Fall/Winter 2016 best collections via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk / Vivienne Westwood
For years I've been a girl whose idea of fashion was about buying a monthly copy of Vogue (mind you, up to four different editions), watching Fashion TV and browsing style.com. I didn't know a lot about history and although was aware of the most influential designers and "it-things", found myself more captivated by the clothes and shoes regardless of their label, and model who wore them in a runway.

London fashion week Fall/Winter 2016 best collections via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk / TopShop Unique
How things changed since then... Admittedly, style and quality are still what I am always drawn to in the first place, but the subject of fashion itself in all its vastness is now a huge part of my life, too. And yes, it still feels surreal. Surreal to receive invites. Surreal to be able to get to "the car park" within about an hour after stepping out of my front door - from the quiet suburbs to the heart of one of the fashion capitals, just like that. Surreal to see collections destined for the future season. Surreal to have this blog even.

London fashion week Fall/Winter 2016 best collections via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk / Pringle of Scotland
So I go, listen, watch and digest, often unnoticed because I'd hate it if it was the other way.  Fashion and I are rather intimate, you see. I sneak in and out, do my job, meet old friends and discover somebody new and exciting to fall in love with and share with you.

London fashion week Fall/Winter 2016 best collections via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk /Temperley London
Starting with my favourite collections of the season... Just like with New York, in alphabetical order, to be fair to everyone, these were not always among the hyped ones, but for me, an ideal example of taste, the taste influenced by the richly layered British heritage and traditions, current world events, art, fabrics and craftsmanship. For me, these are pieces the most flawless and uniquely-stylish wardrobes are made of.

Amanda Wakeley team sent me an invite - a beautiful rose gold and black leather key ring with a line of address on it. Modern, strong and elegant, just like the collection itself. For me it was all about the coats. Oh, how much I loved those luxurious cocoons lovingly wrapped around the body (Amanda doesn't do buttons), cinched with a leather belt and topped with a bouncy cloud of fur. They were magic! Absolute dreamiest winter tale magic. Something Diana, the Goddess, would wear on her travels from the sun kissed Greece through icy Siberia to a ball where she'd change into one of the Amanda Wakeley ravishing gowns - the only imaginable option befitted her  divine status.

Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016


Antonio Berardi is my long-time favourite. He is Italian. He never underestimates a power of a high heel. And he understands how a beautiful dress can help us, women, feel confident, sensual, strong and independent, all at once. Love him. Very much.

Antonio Berardi Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Antonio Berardi Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Antonio Berardi Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Antonio Berardi Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Antonio Berardi Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Antonio Berardi Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Antonio Berardi Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Antonio Berardi Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016


The two looks from Christopher Kane haberdashery-meets-couture collection. An enchanting barely there evening gown for a January outing and a cardigan to use for defrosting the nipples upon return.

Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016


And in the Daks'ness find them... The perfectly tailored suits, elegant dresses, sparkling tweed coats and fabulous hats. For a cultivated Brit who feels equally at home in Paris and Transylvania.

Daks Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Daks Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Daks Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Daks Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Daks Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Daks Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Daks Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Daks Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Daks Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Daks Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Daks Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016


Blame it on my mood, the music or my love of a well-made coat, but Vivienne Westwood show left me rather emotional. I admit, you have to pull apart the outfits before you can truly admire the clothes, but if you are prepared to do so, everything, from a bias-cut dress to a masculine yet pliable wool coat will surprise the eye with its tactile timelessness. So rebel against the first impression rule, set your mind free and let your heart do the talking... A bit of study, a bit of fun, it's all nourishing, good for the taste.

Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016
Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog / london fashion week fall/winter 2016


Photo source: Amanda Wakeley Autumn/Winter 2016, Antonio Berardi Autumn/Winter 2016, Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 2016, Daks Autumn/Winter 2016, Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2016 via Vogue Runway & The Impressions, runway images from Vivienne Westwood AW16, Topshop Unique AW16, Temperley London AW16 & Pringle of Scotland AW16 runway via British Fashion Council

6 comments:

  1. thank you for really making us feel like we were right there. i love all of the pics, especially the ones with attention to detail.

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  2. What a thrill to see the Amanda Wakeley collection on the runway! It's because of your blog that I've become such a fan of hers - I'm always excited to see what collections she'll debut and she certainly did not disappoint this season. Those coats!
    xox,
    Cee

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  3. Out of all, the Daks collection touched me most because it's mainly black and I can identify with the clothes. I scrolled through the Daks pics twice! ;)

    Luxessed

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  4. I love your description of the Amanda Wakeley collection! The looks are magical :)

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  5. Natashen'ka,dear!
    Thankyou so much for your post, so full of a gorgeous details.....
    Truly fantastic Amanda Wakeley collection and of cause Antonio Berardi collection stole my heart! Absolutely stunning and so speachless details by Daks collection.

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  6. I always like DAKS!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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