One of the world’s renowned fashion weeks was underway this week - London Fashion Week showcased the best of British fashion. And being a British Asian fashion blogger who loves to inspire you with the latest British and Asian fashion ideas you can wear in the UK l couldn’t miss the chance to celebrate British fashion.
I have selected some of my favourites collections from London Fashion Week that l think all you will love for your Spring/Summer 2015 British Asian fashion fusion wardrobe.
Antonio Bernardi opted for the formal approach with matching jackets, blazers, trousers straight cut trousers in his collection.
I particularly love the authentic patterns and detailing which seem to be inspired by Asian and European fashion e.g. floral slashes of paint (western trend) and chinese style fabric (above, image 4).
Bernardi works with a fusion of colours you would normally find on paintings hanging in grand halls. These canvas style paintings are then translated into divine British formal garments.
I had to include Holly Fulton as her British collection was practical and ideal for everyday fashion. I couldn’t help but admire the black and cream jacket (above, image 2) detailing of the jacket mesmerised me and paired with cream trousers to complete the look off well.
When viewing the final look on the runway you could tell Fulton spent a lot of time and thought styling behind the scenes. For example, the red detailing in the first outfit inspired me to add some colour to my black and white outfits by accessorising - it made a big difference.
And how can you not love the panelled maxi dress! I’m a big fan of paneling, as in some cases it can make you slimmer but also with some patterns it can transform a boring outfit as the panelling draws your eye to the busy parts of the dress.
The symmetrical pattern trend is still in fashion and if you haven’t got a piece you need one. Matthew Williamson is a great example of a designer who has used amazing architectural symmetrical patterns embodied on tailored dresses to create some dazzling cocktail dresses.
Williamson pulled it off so well due to the contrasting yet complementing colours he combined with the patterns and base fabric. I am sure you would agree when l say they are undoubtedly mouth watering master pieces.
Marios Schwab combines the traditionally dull grey into fashion we want by adding pastels, blues and nude colours. My favourite has to be the grey and black charcoal fabrics which set the scene on the runway.
The smaller detailing on the garments give the dress character e.g. the black masking strips on sections of the clothing (above, image 3) rather than how we would traditionally see them on the collars or piping of the dress. I like the innovative combination of colours and mix of fabrics - brave and inspiring l think l might give it ago.
Asian’s tend to mash random colours together and assume it looks good but most cases the fabric just doesn’t go and looks out of place. It’s as if someone just put any fabrics together without any thought and said it’s fashion.
I was inspired by British designer Matthew Williamson’s runway collection and couldn’t resist but feature in the blog. It was one of my favourites due to Williamson’s vision to turn what might seem like boring fabrics into ravishing jumpsuits, jackets, trousers with blouses for finishing touches.
Templerley’s collection is always chic and every season they display some of the best fashion.
Their latest collection for SS15 is anchored by layering and a mix of heavy linear line print pieces and plan cream, white and beige fabrics.
I love the worldy garden theme to Erdem’s collection. The fabrics were extraordinary! Asian consumers sometimes don’t know how to use fabric or make white crochet garments look luxurious so l had to pick Erdem’s London Fashion Week collection. Well, check out Erdem’s gorgeous crochet dress - now that’s how you make crochet runway worthy. The waist detailing and jacket dresses just take your breath away!
I hope my London Fashion Week 2014 round up gives you some ideas, inspiration and excites you to rocking out your own gems.
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