London Fashion Week SS18: Highlights of Day 2
Led by the idea of sanctuary and calmness, Jonathan Anderson toned down his usual eclectic conceptualisation for SS18, and presented a rather grounded, pared back collection that displayed the designer's wonderful way with materials, mixed or otherwise. A fern green knit dress with a gold hem set the tone for easy summer dressing that is anything but basic. It was followed by colour-blocked or striped corset dresses, cropped co-ords laced together at the midriff, leather culottes, and mini dresses with contrasting details.
Like Anderson, Molly Goddard's creations, too, were more stripped down than usual, but no less fun-filled—this was her whimsical take on sophistication. Opening the show, Edie Campbell sauntered out in a cotton asymmetric empire-waist dress paired with leather riding boots, holding a glass of wine in one hand and an e-ciggy in the other. The models after her followed in similarly playful manner, clad in semi-sheer ruched frocks, smocked cotton dresses with full-fledged flares, jewel-tone satin blazers and sequinned numbers.
Burberry's collection this season was, as Christopher Bailey puts it: "A little more honest, a little less polished". Classic, preppy style was closely intertwined with street grit—both equally "British" in their own ways—for an out-of-the-box, compelling aesthetic; think V-neck knits layered on plastic long-sleeve tops and paired with tartan trousers, skirts made from repurposed military jackets, as well as pastel-hued rain jackets and fur coats. Not forgetting the comeback of the Burberry check, complete with streetwise treatment.