Saturday, 16 February 2013

LONDON FASHION WEEK: The Runway Collective


The collection combined sharp tailoring with relaxed street cool and
leather corsetry. Panelled leather bustiers peeked from beneath
leather bomber jackets teamed with eclectic looking city shorts.
Organic looking structure featured in wool coat sleeves and a ribbed
leather jacket. Utility themes that developed throughout the last
season were prevalent here, a worker style jumpsuit with chunky,
buckled straps highlighting this theme. The colour palette developed
very naturally through black, white and grey to jade and red with
scarlet pocket handkerchiefs flashing and leading the way. The
collection used a wide range of fabrics and mixed them well – one
herringbone jacket featured leather/PU sleeves while the shorts
appeared to use an entirely different felt/wool mix.

The collection was commercial and sophisticated, with clean lines and
androgynous cuts.

(Part way through this collection the wall in the show space fell down
on the audience so a few of the final pieces were missed by many of
the press battling their way out from under a board!)


This collection was the polar opposite to the collection before
despite the shows running back to back. The collection centred around
brown and sheer layers. Shards of sheer fabric dotted the hems of
flowing skirts which were paired with chunky cable knit jumpers while
the models foreheads were covered in a strip of lace as a nod to
1920’s trends that have been developing through collections this
season. Chunky buttons, mismatched fabrics and puffed sleeves gave
this collection a hint of eccentricity while the wearable shapes and
muted colour palette also made this collection commercially viable.
Ending the collection was a stunning floor sweeping sequinned dress
that was teamed oddly with a chunky knitted, hooded cape.

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