Best of London Fashion Week – Womenswear collections Autumn/Winter 2016/17

London always attracts for its originality, its energy and its creativity. Again, the designers knew how to stand out and highlight their talent and vivacity. We have in fact had two premieres. That of Fran Stinger at Pringle of Scotland, with a new work of knit in full volume and Johnny Coca at Mulberry, marked by a return to the stage and new very attended show. Note particularly the presence of capes, coats and pea coats with rock’n’roll accents as well as many accessories that will be a great success. The British Girls are always distinguished by their sense of style and we can rightly point out that the dress is a triumph, sensual, quite transparent worked in great detail and often with a coat or a jacket borrowed from her man. English fashion history also figures the idea of a perfect suit. The tailoring resonates with many designers who return to their basics and it’s rather effective. (interview)A return to their roots sounded several times in this fashion week, also marked by the Alexander McQueen house coming back to the capital. Until now the label catwalked in Paris and has again chosen London to present a fairytale collection, between dream and reality, veering very close to a work of couture directed by Sarah Burton.Among the designers who also make you dream and just push creativity even further, figure Mary Katrantzou and her new girls, flittering between cowgirls and ballerinas and of course Jonathan Anderson, who always proposes a fashion beyond fashion. (interview)Finally Burberry marks a step closer to the current revolution in the fashion world. By uniting all its lines, including men’s’ and women’s’, into two shows a year now and by proposing all of the show’s collection available straight away in a London shop and then onto other cities. (interview)With interviews from Paul Smith, Christopher Bailey, Natalie Massenet. Paul Smith:The collection has beautiful tailoring. It is the same colour palette as the men’s. I was looking into my past and at the archives and really revisiting some of the classics that I have done many years agoChristopher Bailey:He is mature beyond his age and has a unique vision. He is very inspired by art and culture and you can see it in his collections. He doesn’t follow trends; he makes trends.Natalie Massenet:Now if you go to our Regent Street store, you will see the whole collection already in our store there for you to touch and see and feel, so that you can really understand the fabrics. Then the collection will go to Paris. It will be in our show rooms but now we are actually showing it to customers at the same time as to the media, press and buyers. Music free of right : Bandit & Nikit

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