Major trends we saw for AW14 include (1) bold and whimsical floral prints, (2) oversized coats on elongated silhouettes and (3) androgynous contrasting of textures and patterns, mixing just the right amount of edgy masculinity with soft feminine elements. Explore our favorite looks from the collections below.
Where would London Fashion Week be without iconic Burberry Prorsum and edgy Brit beauty Cara DeLevingne? Chief executive Angela Ahrendts and creative director Christopher Bailey make their final mark with a collection that is as wistful and elegant as it is romantic and alluring.
Inspired by the writers, painters and intellectuals who formed the boho Bloomsbury set of 1920s London, Burberry’s Autumn/Winter features floaty floral prints, swirling hand-painted watercolors and silk scarves. Art’s influence is unmistakable in steering Autumn trends towards an emotive and romantic take. The classic trench is updated to reflect the trend of oversized coats and elongated silhouettes, while luxurious shearling jackets are cropped 70’s style and paired with sheer evening dresses for a fun yet classy layering of textures.
Peter Pilotto, along with design partner Christopher De Vos, used the idea of winter and summer sports as a springboard for the collection, with longer, leaner athletic lines and color-block knits having the appeal of ski sweaters. Mountainous landscapes saturated by sunsets and the early blue light of dawn were inspired by their cross-country travels, and then photo-printed over puffer coats and sporty dresses as stunning panoramas. Even what looked like floral prints from afar were abstract images of cheerleaders waving pom-poms as if they were aerial views straight out of Sochi.
With bold embellishments, abstract cuts and relaxed off-shoulder coats and jackets draped over satin and metallic, we see a play on contrasts and extremes for a spirited and adventurous look.
Inspired by film noir, Emilia Wickstead’s parade of models look like something out of a Raymond Chandler novel (a far cry from last year’s pretty pink dresses worn by Princess Kate to Buckingham palace tea parties). Her recent membership into the Swarovski Collective has prompted Wickstead to add a touch of theatrical sparkle to the otherwise edgy and smouldering creations. Dark, deep and sparkly, the collection is all about adding a twist to what is classic. A mix of masculinity and femininity reflected in the fabrics speak to a woman with a mind of her own. Pops of color in mustard and cerulean lace add a contemporary feel to the vintage Downton Abbey look.