|Black is back at A.F Vandevorst with a splash of Gothic glamour for AW16. Picture by Mike Rolls|
|Belstaff's snug new cape. Photo: Mike Rolls|
Capes and over sized coats
|Big coats & brilliant colour at Fyodor Golan|
Their comeback this season comes in many different versions. At Alexander McQueen we saw a dreamy foot length cape, shimmering with embroidered moons and stars which was another repeating motif this season. At Roksanda, there was a more classic version keeping the shape simple in a bold royal blue wool cape with a ladylike collar and black buttons. A more casual day wear design was shown at Belstaff, using a mixture of textures for a traditional feel offering warmth and comfort.
Think Pink & Add Some Bows
Bows were everywhere this season, but certainly the grown-up version and not the sweet kind.
|Pink chiffon blouses with velvet bows at Roksanda AW16|
|Bright pink at Fyodor Golan's London show|
|Sparkling black metallics gleamed at Sibling's show|
Inventive and exciting looks in all black from top-to-toe were seen in many of the designers' collections. This trend is good news for us who can’t stay away from the timeless shade but want subtle differences in shape and texture. There were shimmers or all-over sequins at Ashish, paired with glittering stilettos, exaggerated hairdos and even pyjamas. Sparkling metallics were seen all across the London collections, blurring the lines between seasons and occasions and enlivening the runways. Topshop Unique added a fully sequinned little black dress into their wearable mix, and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi lit up an autumnal, moody collection of burnt dark colours with candy floss pink sequin looks. Even Fyodor Golan, in their signature eclectic and bright collection, included an all black outfit, a tight dress with a white Coca-Cola logo going down the front.
Print & Colour Clash
|Colour clash at Marques Almeida. Photo: Eva Rinnie|
A.F. Vandevorst's collection by the Belgian husband and wife duo, who love to shock, put their models on the runway with dramatic powder paint make-up in bright blue and red splashed across their eyes. While at Burberry and Markus Lupfer the shows were more low key but models still wore smatterings of gold glitter. At Fyodor Golan the harsh under eyeliner came with messy wet look hair.
|Georgia May Jagger in black at Ashley Williams. Photo: Limor Helfgott|