New York may have been named the fashion capital of the world, but that doesn’t stop London designers from thriving. Here are some of London Fashion Week Fall 2014’s highlights:
The Burberry Prorsum show is always an artistic spectacle. This time, it literally was artisanal with hand-painted florals on bags, shoes, and jackets. Cara Delevingne, an old favorite, and Suki Waterhouse, a new face and Bradley Cooper’s girlfriend, walked in the show. Each model wore an Aztec oversized blanket (personalized with their initials) for the finale.
Burberry Prorsum fall 2014 show in London, England, on February 17, 2014
Subtle florals were seen on the laced ankle boots that came in creamy shades as well as a darker khaki color. You can already buy most of the coats and bags from the new collection here.
Burberry Prorsum fall 2014 hand-painted ankle boots
Christopher Kane is currently one of the most exciting designers to come out of London. His collections are always a mixture of completely different themes that somehow manage to work together. This season was no different. Neon knits are combined with plastic trash garments. Two standout shoes from his fall 2014 runway have the same block-heel and pump design. But it’s easy to mistake them as coming from completely different collections. One is black and partly made of a plastic material. This detail was inspired by protective clothing worn at hospitals and is an innovative take on a classic shoe silhouette. The second design is of sweet pink pumps that are much simpler but don’t look stereotypically “pretty.”
Karolina Kurkova backstage at Christopher Kane’s fall 2014 show in London, England, on February 17, 2014
Pink pumps from Christopher Kane’s fall 2014 collection
House of Holland
Henry Holland, the designer behind House of Holland, is renowned for fun fashion and his quirky take on slogans and prints. He upped his game even more for the label’s “Debauched Debutantes” collection. “Rich Bitch” tees and jackets were worn confidently with prim-and-proper heels down the catwalk.
House of Holland fall 2014 show in London, England, on February 15, 2014
Velveteen pumps feature ankle cuffs and standout details. Pompoms and oversized pearls crisscross over rich hues of pink, red, and purple, adding another creative strand to the AW14 collection.
Accessories from House of Holland’s fall 2014 collection
There’s an ongoing debate about whether anyone can really pull off a socks-and-sandals pairing. Antipodium just proved that its girls can. On the runway, the brand’s floor-brushing feather sandals were paired with army green socks and worked with everything from a printed sweater to a fitted orange coat. The thin straps on the sandals allowed the white furry feathers to do the talking. These are statement shoes if ever we saw one.
Antipodium fall 2014 presentation in London, England, on February 15, 2014
Fyodor Golan loves to experiment. Its A/W14 “Crocodile” collection sparkled in every sense. Set on a fluffy pink runway, Swarovski crystals and technology were used to create oil-slick finishes on a range of asymmetrical garments. The designers collaborated with the shoe brand Bionda Castana for the model’s footwear. They wore pointy-toed flats in a range of colors, including iridescent yellows, metallic greens, and satin pinks.
Fyodor Golan fall 2014 show in London, England, on February 14, 2014
Bird’s-eye view of Bionda Castana pink flats from Fyodor Golan’s fall 2014 show
Ashish is known for its sequins. They appear everywhere: on denim, dresses, jackets. You name it. The outlandish label’s Buffalo boots were something else. Complete with big platforms and flashing neon lights, these shoes aren’t for the faint-hearted.
Backstage at Ashish’s fall 2014 show in London, England, on February 17, 2014
Light-up Buffalo boots from Ashish’s fall 2014 collection
Feeling brave? You don’t have to wait long to buy these beauties. They’ll be released in May as part of the Ashish x Topshop collaboration.
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