Now that New York Fashion Week is nearly over, we’re already looking towards London for the highly anticipated Spring 2017 runway shows. London Fashion Week has a powerful lineup of designers who will be showing their collections from 15–20 September. As we’re preparing for the latest shows, we want to highlight some of our favourite designers who will be taking London by storm.
While we look forward to Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Erdem taking our breaths away as they do with (almost) every collection, we also anticipate Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou continuing their approach to fashion with the boldest of prints. Now that you know what to look forward to, here are the five LFW runway shows to keep an eye out for.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi is a collaboration between designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, which was founded in 1996. Bringing their own unique take on fashion to the runway, they never fail to achieve a sense of Victorianism in their collections — only with an unforgettable punk edge. Their shows may not be the most memorable when it comes to the décor but when anyone mentions Preen, eccentricity is the first word that comes to mind. The brand is known to recycle fabrics and design them into statement pieces with a blend of masculine and feminine silhouettes, which is why we continue to look forward to every new collection they produce.
Erdem has always known how to create a collection that transports to you to a faraway land where everyone is dressed like fashion royalty. Like a fairytale unfolding before you with rich fabrics and vibrant prints, designer Erdem Moriaglu’s creations continues to redefine what ready-to-wear is and what is should be. It’s these elements that continue to make this label noteworthy. The collections always feature delicate silhouettes in bold designs, making it one of our must-see runway shows to watch this season.
Behind the dynamic designs is an even more dynamic duo. Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos are known for eccentric prints and fabrics that instantly transform clothes into art. Always innovative with their designs, the designers’ first collection featured digitally printed designs, which set the stage for even more unconventional collections to come. Catching the eyes of designers across the globe, Peter Pilotto has already collaborated with the likes of Lisa Marie Fernandez and Nicholas Kirkwood. Bringing a refreshing point of view to fashion, we look forward to seeing what they have up their stylish sleeves this season.
Inspired by the “blessed robe”, Toga creates some of the most stylish and complex designs we’ve seen in the past few seasons. With hidden layers and a strong colour palette, the collections always tell a story that manages to feel like more than just a series of clothing items. Indeed, the Japanese brand excels at mixing styles in a unique way to form strong fashion narratives. Designer Yasuko Furuta explained that she creates for the “complex women who can only live in chaos”, which helps to explain the eccentricity and surprises that we look forward to in this runway presentation.
Mary Katrantzou needs no introduction — her bold prints and feminine silhouettes speak for themselves. Coming from a background in textile design, it’s clear to see why her eccentric prints and vibrant colours are at the centre of every collection. It’s through her creations that we get to rediscover the child within us, creating a wardrobe that doesn’t just speak for itself but also allows us to play with fabrics and silhouettes. We can’t wait to see the new and bold ways in which the designers reinvents statement fashion for the upcoming season.