London Fashion Week: What Went Wrong?

London Fashion Week has come to an end which means it’s time to now review some of the designers that took on the runway. Fashion Week is inevitably one of the most competitive times in the fashion industry. This competitive incentive is what fuels these designers, models, and everyone surrounding them to pull off a great show and essentially make their mark. I think it’s important to talk about the good and the bad. New York Fashion Week pretty much blew me away as London Fashion Week took a rather different turn.

Shapes, colors, and elaborate patterns is what completely made Christopher Kane’s Spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection for London Fashion Week 2017. Kane took a vintage approach and made it bigger. The clothes definitely make a statement with bold floral details, puffed up sleeves, and of course lots and lots of ruffles. The use of dark colors as well as pastels have pulled together the best Spring look for a risk-taking fashionista. Although I’m borderline obsessed with this collection myself, the designs are so dated that I think it would be hard for anyone [besides myself] to buy these high fashion pieces outside of a thrift store.

 

Christopher Kane at London Fashion Week 2017

Photo: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigital.tv via Vogue.com

Moving onto Pringle Of Scotland who took knits and sheer to a whole other level. Loose fitting knits will never not be a thing, I’m convinced. I’m not complaining about that either as knits are everyone’s go-to during the changing of the seasons whether it be from hot to cold weather or cold to warmer weather. Knits are a must! Sheer also brings an element of versatility that everyone can join in on. Naturally, combining knits and sheer together is sort of a genius idea and I’m so here for it; but to be honest, these designs are not just boring but they just don’t look good. The designs don’t look purposeful even though the idea was there. I say this is just down to poor execution and too big of a drive to be different.

“Staying true to yourself and your own expression is so important in fashion. Not worrying about being in love with every designer who happens to walk a big show is vital.”

Pringle of Scotland at London Fashion Week 2017

Photo: Kim Weston Arnold / indigital.tv via vogue.com

Now, I hate to be a negative nelly and give not-so-kind reviews but I find it essential to discuss Huishan Zhang’s Spring 2018 collection. I have respect for all designers and artists and I think I’m able to find beauty in everything; However, this was an absolute disaster and there’s no sugar coating that. What kind of consumer is Zhang looking to attract? Of course, I’m only one person and definitely not a psychic but I’ll trust my gut feeling on this one that the designs he demonstrated are not those of desirable ones. He made models with spectacular bodies wear the most unflattering pieces. Now, I find myself wondering: If a model can’t wear it, can I? The answer is most likely a no. The tailoring is awful and the designs look like a small child [not a skilled designer] thought them up – in which case this wouldn’t be so awful.

Huishan Zhang at London Fashion Week 2017

Photo: Huishan Zhang via vogue.com​

Conclusion

In conclusion, I’m just not entirely impressed. At first glance I really do give each and every design a chance before I really think them over. We have to understand that just because an article of clothing has a certain label and price tag on it, doesn’t mean it’s of real and true luxury. Sometimes, it can be quite the opposite. Staying true to yourself and your own expression is so important in fashion. Not worrying about being in love with every designer who happens to walk a big show is vital. They can’t all be amazing – even though a vast majority are. Recognizing that not every designer’s’ work is glitz and glamor is a big step to finding your place in fashion and sticking to it. Overall, I love a show that can give me something to talk about. Keep your eyes peeled for Milan Fashion Week coverage as they’re up next! I have high hopes for this one!