London Fashion Week SS17: Highlights of Day 4
In Roksanda Ilincic's personal take on summer, easy breezy does it—but in languid, layered silhouettes for a sophisticated spin, as you would expect from the designer. Earthy hues envelope her SS17 collection, punctuated by elements of colour-blocking and satin finishes. Looks we love include a pleated blouse cinched at the waist for a peplum effect worn over wide leg trousers, a racer back dress in a lush, molten dark yellow layered on a fitted long sleeve top, and a flowing pant suit combo with blush pink peeking through in pleats.
If there is one constant in Erdem across the seasons, it will be the unpredictable backstory behind each collection. This time, Erdem Moralioglu was inspired by Jean Ker, Countess of Roxburghe, which stemmed from the recent discovery by divers in the North Sea of a 17th-century wardrobe that belonged to her. "She was a spy, really", he said backstage, recounting how she conspired to sell the crown jewels in France on the eve of the English Civil War. "I thought about the beach in Deauville, and then I imagined Jean Ker's army of women landing there in the 1930s." And what transpired in his new collection were romantic, frothy dresses with cascading ruffles and creations tailored in rich floral brocades, with some looks tied together by black velvet ribbons.
For Burberry September 2016, Christopher Bailey was inspired by Virginia Woolf's Orlando, "a love letter to the past and to English history, and a kind of dressing up box to visit and revisit". Show-goers were given a preview of Makers House, also the venue for the brand's first see-now-buy-now show, which will showcase original works by some of Britain's finest craft makers from 21 to 27 September, along with a display of the entire new Burberry collection. The colour palette of dusty hues of yellow, green, pink and dark autumnal shades decked an eccentric collection of relaxed trenches, pea coats, silk pajamas and Elizabethan era-esque ruffle-neck shirts.