It’s been quite a week already. I’m not going to stray too far into NY fashion week (you can all read up on that yourselves) but I have six important words; Victoria Beckham’s half moon shoulder bag. Hello. Let’s hope London has an equally symmetrical accessory to offer up to the leather-hungry masses. Mixed prints (yes, even VB), liquid shapes (Public School’s navy two-piece has to be top) and face lace (thank you Ricardo Tisci) have all been New York standouts so far.
But enough. To London we go. What is afoot? Well firstly (and it’s a big firstly) we’re in a car park. Gosh. At last the infamous Brewer Street Car will earn the sartorial glory and respect it deserves. It’ll even be complete with pop-up restaurant from Mark Hix, plus there’s a collection devoted to the car park in all its urban glory – by The Studio – on display in the showrooms.
Personal regular faves (speaking selfishly) are Simon Rocha, Emilia Wickstead, Erdem and Mary Kantrantzou. But in terms of newer talent? I’m quite excited for Ashley Williams this year – she’s the closest thing to Luella I can find with a smattering of PVC thrown in. Her own special brand of the cute two piece and motif has been gracing fashion week since her gradate show in 2012 followed by her debut solo show a year ago. But this year promises something special – something new.
Perhaps as a Scot I’m a touch biased, but Le Kilt is definitely on my radar for SS16. Founder Samantha’s grandmother has been a kilt maker in Scotland for the last 40 years and it was watching her lovingly craft and preen the reems of tartan that inspired the young designer to keep it in the family and forge her way into the modern kilt. Her debut show was last season so it’ll be interesting to see how her collection moves on…
To the showrooms. Aspinal of London x Etre Cecile will be a treat to see in the flesh (or leather). Self Portrait are joining the showroom line up which will be rather lovely. It’s about time we saw them outside of our Instagram feeds – and their SS16 aesthetic contains a touch more edge than the current ‘It’ dress. ‘Headonism’ – the BFC’s millinery initiative – will present a bevy of head-adorners including Sophie Beale and Emma Yeo.
All in all, it should be a blast. Here’s to a happy marriage of fashion and car park… (we hope)
London Fashion Week SS16 runs from Friday 18th to Tuesday 22 September. Stay tuned for coverage and follow us on Twitter @TheLondonWord