Happy Thursday, my sweet readers! It’s almost Friday and our fashion month is almost over. Lucky for you, since we still have a bunch of pending reviews, Fashion week will still be hanging around Sweet n’Raw for a few more posts. Today I am delivering to you another five shows from London: Christopher Bailey gets metallic for Burberry Prorsum, Mary Katrantzou’s breathtaking works of art, eccentric meets Disney for Meadham Kirchhoff and Christopher Kane in all his sorbet glory. Ready for it? Let’s go!
Christopher Bailey has twisted and turned Burberry Prorsum through the seasons, making it one of the most important shows in LFW. This season, the designer didn’t fail to stun by presenting a collection in which metallic shades and lots of leg flashing had the main roles. The show started out as sexy as sexy can get: a coat and some hotpants (shiny, disco hotpants), confirming that we gotta start squatting and lunging since this little garments will be everywhere on Spring 2013. The color palette was bright and bold with a pinch of taupe and blush: bubblegum pink, teal, fuchsia, midnight blue and so on.
Color-blocking, peplums, lace, fitted dresses, cute and sassy capes (remember last show’s cropped bombers, it’s like that, only better), colorful lace (lots of it) and pencil skirts were among the elements presented on the catwalk. The highlight of the show? How Bailey managed to re-vamp, reload and reinvent the brand’s staple garment: the famous Burberry trench (satin, leather, lace, metallic, you name it). The model line-up? Sellar. The front row? Even more so.
She is the print, drama Queen and we all know it. She stunned with the lampshade dresses seasons ago, she has been doing the same ever since. For her Spring 2013 show, the Greek designer was all about post stamps and bills (yes, as strange as that may sound, it was a bold and beautiful move). The color palette is so hard to define, there’s so much going on with those prints that the colors are just one of the many elements you can find in one garment. About the shapes and lengths, you just have to keep it simple to make those prints pop: pantsuits, button-down shirts, flowy dresses and some cleavage. Trend spotting? Brocade, it’ll be everywhere next Spring (mark my damn words).
We missed this show in the NYFW line-up, but it was definitely worth the wait. Prints and panels are definitely one of their signature styles and this time it involved python and flowers, navy and leather, printed chiffon and lace. The trousers were slouchy enough, the slits on the skirts were sexy and high and the sheer, well there was sheer in all the right places. Wild elements met romantic ones for a feminine look with an edge. The mix between python and those chunky roses was my favorite part of the show, so were the barely there shoes.
Why are they my favorite duo? Because they sure know how to get that over-the-top vibe to awesome heights. They enchanted me last Spring with their candy cartoon show, then came the crazy disco, and now they enchanted me all over again. The show had some opulent, Marie Antoinette-esque elements paired up with some Minnie Mouse t-shirts. Socks were high, hats were big, jewelry was lavish, bows were everywhere and the drama was on! If you ask me, I want to be wearing that black little number and the lace, pajama yellow jumpsuit right now and forever until the day I die and after the day I die. You might as well throw me into the casket and bury me wearing them but not just the garment, the accessories, the headpieces, the make up and even the curls.
It was Frankenstein for Christopher Kane’s Spring 2013 show. But not the supermarket costume, green mask kind of Frankenstein. He managed to take the monster and transform him into a lady, a sorbet, sugary one (thank you, Mr. Kane, thank you for keeping those colors alive). Biker jackets were paired up with ladylike garments, sheer inserts and embellishments were held together by what looked like a sort of fabulous black, duct tape (in a very Victor Frankenstein fashion), even the simplest of the looks had that dark but subtle twist.
The color palette went from pastels to soft shades of gray and the textures, we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. For the accessories, the sandals looked almost like hardware, delicate hardware (if that is even possible and if it is, get me the number of that hardware store). Overall, a masterpiece. Oh Mr. Kane, you just make it so hard not to adore you. The critics may agree with me on this one, he is the star of LFW (even if my beloved Mr. Saunders may be hurt by this remark).
LOOK OF THE DAY
Well, I can’t stick to pastels and neutrals forever… I came up with this look thanks to the fabulous, Balmain inspired jacket. I added some boots and the crossover shorts to put more edge to it. The Givenchy clutch just belongs there, there’s no doubt about that!
- Embellished jacket, ZARA
- Tiger jumper, ASOS
- Crossover shorts, ZARA
- Black booties, ZARA
- Envelope clutch, GIVENCHY
- Burgundy bracelets, BOTICCA
- Spike bracelet, ASOS
- Skull bracelet, TOPSHOP
- Arty ring, YSL
- Vamp nail polish, CHANEL LE VERNIS
For all the details on today’s look, go to FASHIOLISTA
It’s a wrap! Two down, two to go and then we will be moving on to MFW. Tomorrow’s Friday!
Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
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