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Fall 2017 Highlights: London

Though I have less collections to share (mostly because of time, I'm sorry!), I have to say that I loved London Fashion Week so much more than New York. London has always been more creative and different compared to New York, and you all know how much I adore collections that are fun and unique.

I'm starting with a more simplistic collection, but it's still fun. Peter Jensen created a playful, artistic and beautiful collection that I immediately fell in love with. I say playful because it featured quite a few 'childlike' pieces like extreme babydoll tops and dresses, fun colours and bunnies, but it wasn't like a children's collection at all. It had a sophisticated, minimal feel, with classic pieces like suits, shirts, and simple silhouettes.

A real highlight was the printed t-shirts and jumpers. Not only do I adore the artwork, but the attachment of embroidery hoops makes basic pieces, well, less basic and more interesting and unique.

Suits have been everywhere this season, but I think this baby blue one is my Favourite I've seen so far. The colour and shape of it is so simple but beautiful, and it can be styled casually which is a plus. It isn't often that suits can be super wearable, but you could totally wear just the blazer or just the pants on its own (with one of the amazing tshirts too) for a casual look. Actually, all the coats and blazers were beautiful and interesting, which isn't something you'd think a 'blazer' would be, but you have to admit the mustard, printed one on the right above is just that.

His signature bunnies had to make an appearance, and I adore these cute black and yellow jumpers, especially when teamed up with a bright, deep blue sequin skirt. The colours just all work so well with each other, from pastels to the deeper blues and rich mustards. 
Again, the coats were a real highlight, my favourite being this blue printed one. But lets be honest, I loved pretty much every piece in this collection. It was cute, quirky but managed to be really wearable and simple.

When I first saw this collection from House of Holland I immediately thought of Megan Ellaby. It features star print, fun quirky sunglasses, coloured fur coats and the styling reminded me of how she styles her outfits (though obviously a lot more daring here). So, the collection has already won my heart for this.

It's hard to sum this collection up in a few words; stylish cowgirl, mixed inspiration from the 70s, 80s and 90s, colourful, bright, bold, feminine...I could go on and on. It was inspired by USA, which you can see with the colours, red white and blue. It also features everything from flares and fringe to ruffles and fur. Keeping with the trends at NYFW, tartan and velvet made an appearance too. The main thing I noticed tying this beautiful, strange mix of styles, other than the use of a checkered print, and the cowgirl boots (another nod to the USA inspo) that come in an array of patterns and lengths. My personal favourite are the checkered thigh highs above. 

Honestly, I probably would've chosen a different word to put on this jumper (the word 'daddy' just makes me cringe so much) but I love this look. Actually, this was the look that had me immediately thinking of Megan Ellaby, because I can totally see her styling/wearing pieces like this. Same with the glasses in the look next to it. The metallic collars are a cool layer and touch to the outfits, adding a little bit more fun to the looks.

This flared jumpsuit is everything (and my favourite piece). It incorporates the checkered print trend with ruffles, metallics, flares and to top it all off it was styled with a checkered cherry cowgirl boot. Amazing. The slip dress trend, though slowing dying out, was refreshed here with a cool print, styled with a huge velvet puffy jacket that I adore. Though I understand not everyone is into more daring, bold looks, but if you are, or just appreciate them, you'd definitely enjoy, well, this whole collection.

Follow the yellow brick road.....Concept wise, this was my favourite collection. I know it's not the most wearable, or to everyones taste, but I truly love Ashish's creativity and the light that he brings to dark situations. His shows are always fun and leaves everyone with a huge smile on their faces, which is sometimes really needed with what's going on in the world. 

Last time Ashish addressed Brexit in his Spring collection, and this time he has many clear messages for Trump; (my personal favourite) more glitter less twitter, love sees no colour and the popular slogan used at anti-trump protests, pussy grabs back. And to make it even better, the entire collection, every single piece, is covered in sequins, rainbows and fun colours. He also managed to incorporate the tartan and checkered trend.

It was pretty obvious, before he commented on the collection, that this was a comment and message to Trump and America, especially with the americana, red, white and blue piece above. I also love the 'unfinished business' written on the sleeves, and of course, 'more glitter less twitter' that was seen on a couple of pieces.

To show his support of Mexico (and disgust of the whole 'build a wall' thing) Ashish had the models walk down the runway painted in Mexican wrestling masks. Though I can absolutely see why he did it, I'm not 100% sure I love it. A lot of people hated it, some loved it, I'm kind of on the fence. But what I definitely did love were the shoes, and the checkered skirt, which are probably the most wearable pieces in the collection (if you love sequins, that is).

My personal, absolute favourite piece of all the collection, and possibly all of London fashion week is this gay shirt. I don't really need to explain why, right? If I had the opportunity to own any piece from this collection I would snap this up in a heartbeat and wear it every day. Same with the 'fall in love' shirt, but if I had to choose between the two you know my choice would be the gay one, and my favourite colour is blue, which is a plus.

London fashion week always brings something fun, unique and bold, which is why it's usually one of my favourite fashion weeks, and it didn't disappoint at all. While it's always excited to see what London has to offer next season, I'm personally the most excited to see what Ashish, specifically, comes up with, so I'll be waiting ever so patiently for that.

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Fall 2017 Highlights: London


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