London Fashion Week captured a fresh, creative energy specific to London, which has become known for experimental fashion on both the streets and runways. There’s also that British sense of humor that makes the overall vibe a little more laid-back and fun than some of the world’s other fashion capitals. Our Editorial Director Marissa Rosenblum and Assistant Fashion Director Hannah Bibb hopped across the pond to experience all the excitement firsthand. Here, they share their top 10 favorite moments and collections from a week of parties and shows, all of which they captured on our newly launched Snapchat channel: BarneysNY.
1. Best In Show: Anya Hindmarch
The Queen of witty pop accessories explored the idea of mathematics in an unexpected and awe-inspiring SS17 show, aptly called Circulus. The contrast of the geometric spiral from which models rose and the rainbow of lightweight coats and quirky accessories they wore captivated attendees—who snapped up each look with eagerly waiting iPhones.
2. Buy-Off-The-Runway: Burberry X Barneys New York
The iconic British fashion house debuted its first-ever straight-to-consumer show at London’s Makers House, including an exclusive capsule collection of runway looks available for purchase on Barneys.com immediately following the show. “The Burberry looks that we collaborated on are romanticized utilitarian, very feminine, and truly seasonless in our eyes. All of the items are must-haves!” says Barneys COO Daniella Vitale.
Image: Benjamin Lennox
3. Alice Archer X David Curtis-Ring
Alice Archer’s collection of sumptuous velvets, silks, and detailed embroideries are works of art on their own, so it was extra dazzling to see them paired with an instillation by her artist friend David Curtis-Ring. The textural sculpture—one secret medium included a bathmat, shared David—was presented as the core of Alice’s presentation set.
4. We Officially Launched Snapchat
From Simon Doonan’s cheeky antics around the office to our Fashion Team’s backstage European escapades, we’re now prepared to offer the inside scoop (and occasional oversharing) on our Snapchat channel: BarneysNewYork, which we launched this week in London.
5. The MVP: J.W. Anderson
With each new season, Jonathan Anderson further cements his position as one of fashion’s brightest stars, and his fully accessorized SS17 collection didn’t disappoint. Pleats, gathering, padding, and hardware added intrigue to fit-and-flare dresses, fluted skirts, and crisp shirting. Each imaginative look was punctuated by next season’s It bags and trendsetting mismatched, oversized earrings.
Image: Emily Malan
6. Mix-And-Match Laidback Street Style
Few people are able to illustrate London’s inimitable ability to mix-n-match better than blogger Susie Lau, pictured below. She perfectly captures the way women in the city effortlessly make edgy seem polished and make refined become bold. Here, she mashes up prints using soft, feminine hues to tie it all together—right down to the trim on her slides.
Image: Emily Malan
7. NEWGEN at Brewer Car Park
This season the BFC (British Fashion Council) brought together seven emerging designers under one roof for a show called NEWGEN. The show brings some great exposure to the new designers, and it’s conveniently located at the Brewer Street Car Park—one of the hubs of London Fashion Week—making it accessible to international buyers and editors. Discovering new collections from up-and-coming labels, like Paula Knorr pictured below, is a big part of what LFW is all about, and the NEWGEN show is a prime example of what’s so exciting about this market.
8. Edgy Refinement at Osman
Presented at a theater-in-the-round tucked away within a school in Westminster, designer Osman Yousefzada delivered a collection that was both romantic and experimental. ‘Bondage pants’ piqued our curiosity in the show notes, and the casual pant with edgy detailing in a smart, sharp grey did not disappoint on the runway.
9. Roberts Wood Caught Our Eye
Up-and-coming designer and recent Royal College of Art graduate Roberts Wood caught our attention at his SS17 presentation at Institute of Contemporary Arts. His ethereal designs conjured Comme des Garçons—a probable influence to his avant-garde sensibility. We’ll definitely keep an eye on what this promising designer does next.
Image: Keith Nagari/theupcoming.com.uk
10. Pretty in Pink: Sketch
The Mayfair, London spot by Mourad “Momo” Mazouz and chef Pierre Gagnaire has been around for years, but there’s something about the way the iconic, Instagram-swoon-worthy pink interior aligns with all the sorbet hues and femininity on the SS17 runways that makes it especially apt for debriefing over food and wine after a day of inspiring shows.