Highlights from LFW SS16 — Day 3
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi: Pretty edgy
For the girl who likes her lace but doesn't like it too pretty and feminine, designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi's SS16 collection is made for you. Flamenco ruffles, lace, floral prints and cut-out shoulders were given an edgy attitude with the use of leather, lurex and D-rings. Inspired by Michael Clarke's ballet and modern architecture, pretty floral prints were offset by black and white patterns overlaid over them and ruffle dresses were made contemporary with shiny lurex finishing. Almost every look was cut and sliced to expose mid-riffs and legs, but stopped short of risqué — the skin-baring details manage to seduce with flirty insouciance instead. Throw in easy-going oversized, masculine looks into the mix and you've got a modern and romantic aesthetic.
Jonathan Saunders: Colours of the world
Colourist extraordinaire Jonathan Saunders has never failed to impress with his fabric blocking skills and unusual colour arrangements. But it was his culturally influenced prints and shapes that made his success even sweeter. Kimono silhouettes from Japan, paisley patterns from India and geometric tile prints from the Middle East brought his guests on a journey across the globe, one fluid shape at a time. A collection so naturally light in its movement, we can't deny that the bias-cut slip dresses in colour blocking are what we already have on our SS16 must-have list to carry us through those warm summer nights.
Topshop Unique: '80s glamour power dressing
Come next spring/summer, Topshop fanatics will be suiting up in the style of the '80s, softened by romantic garden party dresses. It's not hard to see that the SS16 collection was designed for easy mixing and matching. A pinstripe longline blazer, an oversized polka dot pyjama wrap-around jacket and a sleeveless knit vest are pieces that will make up your new workwear wardrobe. But if eccentric is your middle name, pair your office staples with marabou fur heels and mismatched earrings while you're at it. And, if you're looking for glamour dresses when summer comes around, the closing looks of lace dresses embroidered with Wild Strawberry Wedgewood vines might just be your cup of tea.
Mary Katrantzou: Boho psychedelia
Mary Katrantzou isn't just a fashion designer. She is a multi-faceted designer who is also an innovator, decorator, sculptor and technician. Every piece she creates is a body of work (many of her designs are bought and hung as wall art instead of being worn) as proven again by her SS16 collection that was every bit as stunning as it is desirable. Bringing her own enchantment to the folkloric silhouettes we've already seen at the New York shows, Katrantzou's collection comprised exquisite construction. Delicate micro embellishments and tiny floral prints covered voluminous shapes and sharp lines that still felt light, easy and approachable. If this is the bohemian dress code in Katrantzou's universe, then we definitely want to live in it.