If New York Fashion Week was a snowstorm of icy white hues, then the London designers radiated a tropical sunburst of hot pinks, bright tangerines, highlighter yellows, and muted sea tones on the catwalk.
Basically, the Spring/Summer 2011 collections on London's runway this week could be described in one word: color. And lots of it. A few notable designers who used dominant color in their fashions included Mary Katrantzou, Michael van der Ham, and Jonathan Saunders, as New York Times Fashion editor Cathy Horyn noted. Although she admired their bold use of color, she criticized their style originality and ability to fulfill their overall vision. Point taken.
Nonetheless, London kept this season's catwalk vibrant with a decent variety of style and, of course, color. A few other highlights (pun intended) from this week:
Burberry: The luxurious Brit fashion house neglected to premiere as a complete collection, but does it even matter? At Burberry's show, the infamous name still managed to attract plenty of A-listers such as Alexa Chung, Andy Murray, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Andy Murray.
Bailey, Christopher: Bailey showcased a tough, quirky look with studded, motorcycle-inspired leather, dark leggings, and miniskirts.
Deacon, Giles: Deacon is known for outlandish fashions inspired by ordinary materials, and this season his designs stayed true to form.He used Band-Aids for prints and accessories, so the catwalk appeared to be a kitsch, garbage-filled beauty pageant.
Kane, Christopher: Kane's designs were true to the color theme of the week. He combined intense colors with thin materials in unexpected shapes. Although the style was a bit strange, it was architecturally interesting and original.
Kirchhoff, Benjamin: Put together a manic show of brightly colored lace dresses, sometimes mixed with civilian khaki, but it could be their way of keeping their sanity and freedom while others just want to make more money.
Pilotto, Peter: Chic dresses with almost sculptural draping showed a lot of finesse. Eager to contain glamour,
Schwab, Marios: Schwab's designs were perhaps the greatest stand out of all—a beautiful combination of silky, feminine short dresses and rugged leather. It was simple, elegant, and edgy.
All in all, this season's London Fashion Week can be described a triumph of color, with the occasional outburst of creativity.
By: Chloe Hill
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