As the lights dimmed for Jasper Conran’s SS15 show today I began to think what would London Fashion Week be without him? As one of the original groups of designers to show here, he’s been on the schedule for more than 25 years and has become as much of a fixture as the Courtyard Space itself – and I, for one, wouldn’t have it any other way.
While I love the statement sequins of the likes of Ashish and a playful collection by Meadam Kirchhoff, it is my note-taking during a Jasper Conran show that quickly turns into a shopping list for the new season, and today was no different.
Inspired by the simplicity and ease of American sportswear, this was as wearable a collection as they come. Varsity-striped trims and elasticated waists started the laid-back vibe that off-the-shoulder tops and classic shift dresses continued.
In keeping with the soundtrack of Lana Del Rey and Julia Holter, this was Conran embracing his softer side in slouchy tees and relaxed shirt and maxi dresses.
It wasn’t all cool, clean and crisp white cotton poplin and everyday jersey though; painterly Jackson Pollock-esque abstracts and geometric prints showcased his artistic inspirations. If I wasn’t sold on the lightweight silk tees and chic separates anyway, the stripe prints certainly sealed the deal in bright blues and bitter chocolates.
This was a masterclass in wearable fashion, delivered by the master of London Fashion Week himself. And long may his reign continue.
London Fashion Week SS15 runs from Friday 12 to Tuesday 16 February. Stay tuned for further coverage…