London Fashion Week AW16: Highlights of Day 4

Dressing decades


By Su Fen Tan

London Fashion Week AW16: Highlights of Day 4

You never quite know what to expect from Christopher Kane. While a sense of quirk is quintessentially present, his inventiveness brings forth unexpected elements each season. This time around, he hoards together contrasting details into one comprehensive and diverse collection. While the opening look appeared to be a conservative two-toned leather coat from afar, look closer and you’ll see stapled accents scattered randomly. Kane can certainly do elegance too, as several dresses midway were strung with crystal baubles for understated finesse.

Titled “A Patchwork”, the Burberry February 2016 collection was a concoction of eclectic patterns and textures influenced by British artists, musicians and history. British IT model Edie Campbell opened the show in a geometric jacquard mini dress and patterned tights that were layered with a utilitarian-style navy wool coat for a healthy dose of signature Burberry cool. Glimpses of glam rock came through in multicoloured metallic studs and hand-sewn sequin floral dresses, while the brand’s outerwear game remains strong with military jackets as well as glossy python and iconic plaid coats.

1920s shift dresses, ’30s bias-cut gowns and ’40s suits inspired the Erdem AW16 collection, induced with a sentiment of “faded grandeur”. Dresses formed a majority of the repertoire, steeped in exquisite embroideries, floral motifs, patterned panels and dreamy ruffles. ’40s tailoring spoke in peplum-esque pantsuits of tweed and romantic blooms. However, the standout look was one of relative simplicity: a cream crop-sleeved sweater worn with a gold fringe skirt posed a sight of tinsel delight.

A sophisticated autumnal palatte of aubergine, brown, burgundy and dark blue graced the runway at Roksanda, working wonders into a plethora of silhouttes. The collection featured a fair share of high-collared creations, oftentimes tied up with velvet bows for a delicate finishing touch. Roksanda tapped into her forte, dresses, effortlessly; from cocktail-worthy dresses with ruffled sleeve-ends, to knife-pleat evening gowns and enchanting tulle masterpieces, including the finale look—her 1000th dress to date. 

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