What to expect from LFW A/W15: Top shows and new designers
London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2015 is just around the corner, bringing with it a rolling circus of designers, models, parties, street photographers and celebrity-spotting that will descend upon the world’s coolest city.
The whole fashion week affair can be pretty confusing and more than a little daunting. As news feeds fill up with articles informing us of who wore what, who saw whom and who sat where, we will attempt to help you navigate the news and figure out what is most important: the fashion. And in addition, which shows to look out for and which designers to keep an eye on for the new season.
This year, the British Fashion Council (the organisation that puts LFW together) has confirmed that over 80 designers will show their collections at some point during the week in London. You can see just how jam-packed the four days will be by checking the schedule here. There will be a whole lot of fashion to take in, beginning with high profile shows from elite designers such as Mulberry, Burberry and OSMAN, to smaller shows highlighting newer designers.
Felder Felder, Friday 20th February
German-born but London-based identical twin sisters, Daniela and Annette Felder are the brains behind eponymous brand, FELDER FELDER. Since starting the label whilst studying at Central Saint Martins in 2006, the girls have earned a host of accolades from winning the New Gen Award for three consecutive seasons to gaining a cult celebrity following.
Bold and rocky styling mixed with a feminine aesthetic has given FELDER FELDER an edge since their first LFW show back in 2010. This season, keep an eye out for their unforgettable presentation, edgy and elegant silhouettes, and eye-catching merging of fashion, music and art.
Sibling, Saturday 21st February
Reminding us all that fashion is meant to be fun, the trio behind knitwear brand Sibling will be showing at LFW on Saturday. From the fully knitted biker jackets of their menswear beginnings to the leopard motifs and vibrant colours of their womenswear offering SISTER by SIBLING, they will no doubt give LFW a crazy and exciting lift.
Paul Smith, Sunday 22nd February
Since the 1970s, Paul Smith’s mix of considered prints and understanding of fabrics has given his world-renowned brand a desirable, luxury edge. The instantly recognisable label is back on track, so keep an eye out this season for deliciously detailed prints and well-cut shapes to inspire us for the year to come.
Burberry Prorsum, Monday 23rd February
Everyone knows that Burberry Prorsum is going to be a big draw at LFW. The front row for this show will more than likely be celebrities-galore, from musicians to actors. But, not to worry, you don’t need to be on the guest list to get a look in; the show will be live-streamed across the world so you’ll be able to see Burberry’s statement precision pieces and style-led collection at the same time as the A-Listers – and all from the comfort of your own home.
Hakaan Yildirim, Tuesday 24th February
Closing the fashion showcase that is LFW will be Hakaan Yildirim. The label’s spring/summer 2015 collection was based on ecological issues surrounding honeybees, so expect a powerful, thought-led collection for autumn/winter. H by Hakaan Yildirim will be a youthful and energetic display of affordable luxury and, after the hexagonal cut-outs and rich hues of his last collection, there is anticipation to see what he comes up with next.
Other designers to check out:
Peter Pilotto, Monday 23rd February – Gorgeous prints and understated layering; this show is not to be missed.
Ryan Lo, Tuesday 24th February – Having taught himself how to knit by watching YouTube tutorials, Ryan Lo’s romantic fantasy-inspired design is more than interesting.
Photo: Krisztian Pinter