London Fashion Week AW19. An Op-Ed by Bev Malik, Fashion Roundtable's Fashion Buying and Retail Director
For me LFW was all about an ease back with muted tailoring and an equal embrace of wild colour but worn in a grown up way. In a season marred by Brexit worries - fashion was seen as a defiant inclusive community - one capable of dressing in both a serious way and with a nonchalance that is almost recession proof. There was a return to heritage viewed in a refreshing way and the main theme of sustainability and inclusion was top of the agenda.
Preen reinvented heritage country prints and yearned for a sense of community somehow lost in the digital age with a youthful edge, its passage of camel soft tailoring and unique take on punk was a true delight.
Christopher Kane had one of his best shows in years - with a return to flirty proportions for a louche daring princess. Mary Katranzou, Michael Halpern and Roksanda showed rainbows for grown ups. Roksanda’s set, the recurrent degrade, and other worldly proportions at Molly Goddard, coupled with Mary unleashing her divine collection with the ‘Supernova’ Natlia Vodianova -all evoked something of Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of the Moon" album cover.
This is a London that can create, inspire and dance inspite of the economy and Brexit. Its a creative community of unquestionable talent that is now turning its attention to climate change and towards a new sense of responsibility without loosing its innate energy - Vivienne Westwood lead the charge - and the rest of London is following.