Diverging from the usual girly florals, Erdem AW14 was a little darker and more regal than usual. Texture played a key part, with luxe velvet, fur, metallics, opulent embellishment, and even wet look crocodile leather to die for. Black was certainly a base colour for the collection, which I love for its own merits but also because it made the gorgeous golds, blues and reds really stand out. The shoes definitely warranted a mention too – all pointed with ankle straps and, to the surprise of some, all flat! All in all a stunning collection, and definitely a stand out of fashion week for me.
That’s all! Some other collections which I think were particularly noteworthy included Holly Fulton, Eudon Choi, Giles, Christopher Kane, Julien Macdonald and David Koma, but I have now run out of fashion adjectives. I hope that my somewhat under-educated opinions of LFW AW14 were informative, and if not at least a little entertaining!
I’m a sucker for anything sparkly, which makes Ashish one of my absolute favourites and I was once again blown away by their design efforts for the Autumn Winter 2012 collection, shown today at London Fashion Week.
The collection featured plenty of trademark Ashish sequinned pieces (which kept me happy) and was inspired by ‘New Age, rainbows and Goa.’ The Indian influence is clear throughout the collection, which included eccentric facial jewellery, head scarves, colourful patterns, and prints inspired by Krishnaism and Taoism – ancient religious denominations which are associated with India and China.
Ashish mixed up the ancient and traditional influences with rainbow platform boots, colourful denim, 1970s-esque prints, tie-dye, and tops and knitwear emblazoned with slogans such as ‘HEAVEN 7’, ‘DON’T GO’ and ‘BE HAPPY’.
I’m so impressed by this collection, one of my favourites of LFW so far! If you feel that this collection might be a little out of your budget when it becomes available for purchase, do look out for another Ashish x Topshop collaboration which is due later this year.
Check out the looks from the show (via fashionising.com) and a video summery (via Rightster).
Whether you’re hitting the slopes this winter or not, this super stylish and practical collection from Ashish for Topshop has something for everyone. The stand out leopard print salopettes should perhaps be saved for the snow, but the cheeky slogan sweaters, hoodies and t-shirts are perfect for any cold weather. The waterproof leopard rucksack is also a piece which combines style with practicality, and in rainy England it makes a perfect bag for school, college, university, or just everyday use. If I could have anything from the collection, I’d choose the amazing leopard print ski coat! What about you? Shop the collection here.