Although I am happiest when I am flying, engaging in conversations with fellow passengers is something I usually deplore; however, on the odd occasion, I do let the guard down. My recent flight over to London for LFWM was one of those occasions, and in fact the lady sitting next to me had heard of the event because of her absolute idol, David Beckham, and was in awe that I could potentially be rubbing shoulders with him! Such is the power of the LFWM ambassadors and influencers in general.
Beckham is part owner of the heritage brand Kent & Curwen which showed on day 2 of LFWM last week. Excitingly, the brand has just landed a capsule collaboration with the popular TV series ‘Peaky Blinders’, that’s due to hit around September time, so get ready for more caps for FW19. But capsule collaboration’s aside, let’s look at the overall general trends from the event this season.
1. This season the shows featured even more women on the catwalk. This trend was either because the show was purposely coed such as Private Policy, Studio Alch or Wood Wood, or because it was gender fluid like Art School and Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, or maybe it was quite simply because women just look great in men’s clothing, which is the angle Alex Mullins took in solely using female models on his catwalk.
2. There was an upward trajectory of labels using innovative and often recycled materials. Take Bethany Williams who created fabric from book waste for her Adelaide house collection. Famous for his commitment to sustainability and repurposing, Christopher Raeburn celebrated 10 years of making new pieces from dead stock, with a revamped logo and a renewed promise to produce zero waste. Oh and my favourite Christopher Raeburn transit blankets have been reworked to create a reversible field jacket – how cosy and warm is that! Phoebe English closes the circle with zero waste pattern cutting and by incorporating reclaimed cotton in tulle as a constructed textile. I love her English spin cotton with plastic free English buttons.
3. Then there was the trend for the otherworldly, with several labels looking into the future for inspiration. Just look at LA-based label C2H4’s ‘FM30’ collection, which is all post human era, with laboratory style pockets, workwear pieces and accessories, neon green contacts and glitter painted on models’ cheeks. Liam Hodges’ ‘Mutations in the 4th Dimension’ collection was a mindset trapped between dimensions, with kaleidoscope prints on 3/4 length wide trousers as part of a collaboration with British label Stain Shade. Models were also accessorised with one milky contact lens lending a distinct air of the biomechatronic.
4. And the final main trend – Piping. Piping was everywhere; on creases, surrounding pockets, mono, or in different printed fabrics like at young and upcoming designer Paria Farzaneh.