London Fashion Week 2013: weekend highlights
There was great excitement for the weekend shows at London Fashion Week 2013. Some of the most anticipated names and labels presented their collection throughout Saturday and Sunday and the front rows were packed with celebrities and media.
L'Wren Scott has brought to London a luxury collection made of brocades, leather and wool, embellished with gold details. Each gown, pencil skirt and jacket was masterfully cut and impeccably tailored. A line made for the rich and famous, who live life in the fab lane. Mary Katrantzou, on the other hand, has wowed the crowd with her incredible structural dresses, trousers and coats, splashed with metallic shades and digital prints. A triumph of blue, purple, emerald green and yellow, skilfully applied on luxury fabrics, leather and satin.
Vivienne Westwood's Red Label show was more a manifesto than a simple catwalk. The Dame herself wore a t-shirt stating 'I am Julian Assange' and the collection gravitated around her "buy less, choose well, make it last" philosophy. Bright, versatile and durable, the ethically produced clothing were demure, but substantial. There was thunderous applause, most of which were for approval to the environmentally active designer's ideas.
Julien Mcdonald shimmered the catwalk and a star-studded public with a dazzling collection at his comeback show, on Saturday. The models wore gold, red, white and black, feathered mini-dresses and see-through gowns, embellished tops and sparkling bodysuits. The Las Vegas inspired collection was glamorous, fun and full of life, a preview of next Sunday's Oscars red-carpet.
Mulberry autumn/winter collection was a celebration of everything that is British, no-nonsense, elegant and chic. Oversized jumpers, cropped trousers, woolly jackets, combed sheepskin and gorgeous bags are all highly wearable by common people like us. Joanna Sykes at Nicole Fahri also received good reviews for her catwalk show, which had Anna Wintour watching from the front row. Simple and classic, the collection was inspired by Italian marble and featured light-weight dresses, pleated skirts and spring coats in champagne tones.
Rihanna also showcased the collection she designed for River Island. The garments reflected the singer's personal taste and the wardrobe she normally parades on stage: crop tops, shorts, cheeky dungarees, jumpsuits, high-slit skirts, mini-dresses in bright colours and floral prints. The line is merely for teenagers or for RiRi's eager fans, if you don't belong to either of these two categories just don't bother.