Leave it to the Brits to bring creativity and innovative craftsmanship to the runways and presentations. From spectacular feathered frocks at Erdem and Osman to beautifully tailored pieces at Victoria Beckham and JW Anderson, the designers delivered thoughtful collections that we can’t wait to wear next fall.
Artful venues were a theme this season, as many brands chose to show at museums and galleries. The Beckham family sat front row to support Victoria at the Tate Britain, while Riccardo Tisci debuted his second collection for Burberry at the Tate Modern. Between shows, our team took in even more culture as we saw the British Fashion Council’s “Brave New World” exhibition of impressive international designers.
On the accessories front, our Fashion Director, Marina Larroudé, was walked through exciting new handbag capsules from Anya Hindmarch and Aspinal of London. Larroudé was pleased to see so many strong designs at London Fashion Week and is looking forward to what the other cities have to offer. Scroll on to see more highlights from the team’s trip across the pond.
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Jonathan Anderson has a keen ability to deliver what women want to wear, especially in 2019. “I loved the capes and the trench coats—these will be fall must-haves for sure,” says Barneys New York’s Fashion Director, Marina Larroudé. One particular look—a coat with plaid trim—proved wildly popular with the fashion set on Instagram.
Following the success of last season, Anya Hindmarch launched another interactive art installation entitled “The Weave Project.” Guests were invited to climb through tunnels of bright blue netting and, afterward, could customize woven bags while enjoying sweet treats. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the designer’s “Chubby Heart” balloon also returned to the city and was situated under the iconic Wellington Arch.
Victoria Beckham returned to the London runway this season with a beautiful, feminine collection inspired by the ‘70s. “I loved the sharp tailoring, rich colors, and textures created for the modern woman,” says Larroudé. Following the show, the designer celebrated her newly launched YouTube channel with family, friends, and editors.
Imitable designer Giles Deacon stepped into the role of Design Director for the British heritage label, and his influence shows. From embroidered floral trunks to new iterations of the brand’s mini hat boxes, Aspinal of London‘s whimsical accessories continue to be a favorite for team Barneys.
The crowd buzzed at the Burberry show as models traveled across two different rooms to showcase “contrasting perspectives of the same collection.” This was the second season for Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci, and he continued to solidify his vision with unique twists on Burberry patterns and shapes.
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Osman Yousefzada presented a strong FW19 collection that seamlessly mixed tougher fabrics with softer materials like tulle and feathers. Models clad in zebra prints, tattoo patterns, pops of pinks, and shimmering silhouettes elegantly made their way through the brand’s new town house and closed at a table set for tea.
Erdem’s romantic and opulent pieces blended harmoniously with the show’s venue, the National Portrait Gallery. We loved the floral brocade, jeweled tones, and embellished dresses that make for striking evening attire.