London Fashion Week Wrap-Up

The Lowdown

Returning in a flurry of photographer flashes, killer heels, and new season coats, London Fashion Week was once again upon us. This year centred around Brewer Street in Soho rather than the prestigious Somerset House (a move that is still dividing opinion), the fash-pack descended to scrutinise and snap next year’s Spring/Summer offerings. Seeing the shows and rifling through the ready to wear rails, we’ve selected some of the most exciting collections – and some wonderful sustainable talent too – to impress this season.

Lilliput & Felix, Luxury Swim & Resort-wear

A debut designer back in February with her A/W 15 collection, Catriona Ramsay is back with her second collection, ‘The Secret Garden’, this season. Establishing herself as a designer with a true love for classic feminine shapes and an eye for gorgeous, stylish details, it won’t be long before Lilliput & Felix are a holiday staple.

Modern swimwear shapes, nostalgic 1930s style textures, and dreamy feminine prints designed by British print designer, Jessica Russell Flint – this is serious poolside glamour with a soft side.

As well as championing British design, Lilliput & Felix also support British manufacturers, with each of their pieces made in the UK. So when you buy one something from this charming collection, you’ll also be championing home-grown talent – win win.

Kitty Joseph, Womenswear

Colour is a big deal for Kitty Joseph. Wearing bold prints and bright colours takes confidence – and this exciting young talent seems to design her clothes for a woman who is just that – quietly confident. The Royal College of Art graduate stays true to her London roots with this latest collection that mixes easy to wear textiles, clashing patterns, and bright colours, all exuding a sports-luxe finesse.

Performance textiles and meshes are coupled with striking patterns inspired by the designer’s colour studies of Bauhaus icon Josef Albers, and the addition this season of a first official eyewear range (launched in collaboration with New York based Studio Wé) makes for a very exciting season for Kitty Joseph indeed.

Auria London, Swimwear

You’re about to become as obsessed with this sustainable swimwear designer as we are. Following her retro holiday inspired collection for SS14, and her Bingo! SS15 collection, designer Diana is back this season with more bold statement swimwear with a fantastic eco friendly twist.

The latest collection, inspired by classic British weather and featuring bright colours, fun prints, and the brand’s signature sense of humour is made according to their philosophy of keeping environmental and social responsibility at the heart of the brand.

Although you wouldn’t know it to look or feel the pieces, the swimwear is actually made using old and discarded fishing nets, which is ingenious. Their standpoint on this key sustainability is as follows, “We believe that style and substance can coexist. In today’s world we have many choices. As a designer – choices to be sustainably conscious about what you make – from sourcing materials to paying close attention to every step of your supply chain. As a consumer – choices on what you buy and knowing where it came from.” Auria London

Renli Su, Womenswear

Renli Su could teach any number of designers a thing or two about sustainable fashion. Sourcing all of her fabrics and materials from her native China, Renli has met the individuals and frequently visits the people who make the cloth her simple, yet elegant garments are woven from.

From the thread weavers, to the ladies who dye the cloth, to the people who hand sew each garment – Renli Su’s production line is transparent in a way that can only mean good things for both the quality of the clothes (that are made to order) and the quality of life for the people who help her produce them.

Her latest simple yet sophisticated collection takes inspiration from abstract subjects by Mark Rothko and Women in the Victorian Era, and draws upon striking silhouettes and majestic colours to create the finished charming collection.

Renli Su

Renli Su

Renli Su

Renli Su

Renli Su

Renli Su

Renli Su

Renli Su

Bora Aksu, Womenswear

A firm favourite of famous faces such as Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller already, designer Bora Aksu didn’t fail to deliver with his whimsical and feminine S/S 16 collection.

Through out the specifically curated, demi-couture pieces, romance meets structure in carefully tailored jackets, while whimsical tulle skirts finish layered dream like pieces.

For a collection that seems so fanciful and imaginative, it comes as no surprise that Bora is working right up until the final hour adding the finishing touches to his creations. “I’ve never finished a collection a whole day before the show,” designer Aksu muses to The Daily, “we get the best ideas right at the end”.

Bora Aksu

Bora Aksu

Bora Aksu

Bora Aksu

Bora Aksu

Bora Aksu

 

London Fashion Editor, Rachael Martin

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