Best Looks From London Fashion Week: Our Editors Share Their Favorites
I love women’s fashion month. First, there are the beautiful models: One can never get enough of Gigi, Karlie, and Jourdan. Second, I get to sit down, relax, and enjoy the clothing. Although I work mostly with menswear for my job, I was raised with two fashion-obsessed sisters who helped me sharpen my eye and educate me on the subject. Womenswear is a different ballpark. Ladies can wear what they want, when they want, and they have a way better chance of pulling it off than the fellas do. And during London Fashion Week, the clothes are particularly dramatic and creative, coming from the off-kilter, brilliant minds of such designers as Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Matthew Williamson, and Burberry Prorsum. It’s fun to look at all the crazy stuff they come up with.
But we know you don’t have time to sort through it all. So, as we did with New York Fashion Week, the gang here at Bloomberg Pursuits gathered the highlights for you.
Nic Screws’s Favorites
Nic is our style director. She’s a chic lady (that’s right, don’t let the name mislead you) who likes chic pantsuits, as seen here, in addition to pleated pants and lots of volume.
This outfit channels a great pantsuit icon, Bianca Jagger—in this retro-cut white suit by Escada. The choker/ascot this model is wearing up top adds an extra dose of Jagger-swagger, because the '70s style icon was also a fan of this exact accessory.
Here’s what I like here: the pleated cream pants. The ankle strap heel. And the robin’s egg draped coat. Take a moment with this look and you’ll realize it’s amazingly chic.
This look is proof that to attempt a boho-chic outfit, you don’t have to just wear earth tones and suede fringe. (Although Burberry had some of that, too, this season.) You can try out rich colors, such as this vibrant sea blue, and even pops of animal prints.
I love the use of volume and metallic here, both bold trends, mixed with a subdued menswear piece—a contrasting black and white button-up, complete with an air tie. (“Air tie,” for those of you who have to wear actual ties every day, is that thing you see when a shirt is buttoned all the way to the top neck button—but the wearer doesn’t have anything tied around the neck.)
More slits came out of London, as well as plunging necklines. I like how Matthew Williamson combined those two skin-baring trends here and kept it charmingly feminine, even ethereal.
Jeremy Allen’s Favorites
Digital Photo Editor Jeremy relishes a retro touch (see: his obsession with turtlenecks) and a whole lot of color. A fifties silhouette with 21st century surprises wins him over every time, as does a choppy bob. (It works for almost everyone, he insists.)
I’m a sucker for an A-line silhouette, and Erdem Moralioglu (recipient of last year’s British Womenswear Designer of the Year award) delivers a winner with his overblown Warholian print. The frayed hem and black knee-high boots keep the look from feeling too Betty Draper.
Pringle of Scotland
London Fashion Week has a well-earned reputation for being a bit outré, but this simple white coat stands out for different reasons. It’s simple, yet unexpected—streamlined, yet deconstructed. Pair it with a pair of worn-in jeans and ankle boots and pretend you just threw it on without thinking twice.
Kane turns the term “body con” squarely on its head by featuring, well, bodies on this expertly-cut top. It’s certainly a conversation starter. (“Body con” is fashion-speak for “body conscious” and refers to very well-fitted dresses.)
With its peekaboo cutouts, cheery color, and flattering cut, this is a cocktail dress that screams spring. (But not, you know, obnoxiously.)
If you’re going to wear Optical Art (as Saunders pretty much proposed), wear this: a streamlined turtleneck shift with sinuous bands of color.
Moti Ankari’s Favorites
That’s me. Hi! I’m the associate market editor at Bloomberg Pursuits. Although I’m a huge menswear enthusiast, I have a huge appreciation for womenswear, mainly because there is no way—not even in a million years—that I can pull off a leather-embellished jumpsuit. And those that can? Kudos to you.
Although Tom Ford opted out of LFW and showed his Fall/Winter ’15 collection in LA, days before the Oscars, I thought it would be a sin to skip one of London’s usual front-runners. This fall, believe it or not, fringe is back! Big time. Take a trip to mom’s house and scope her closet for anything that features that '70s trend. Her oldies can be your goodies.
Camel coats were right on trend this year, and it almost felt as if you couldn’t escape it. Nic and I both wore camel coats on the same day while we were out and about, covering New York Fashion Week. TWICE. I can assure you’ll see just as many, if not more, come next season. If you’re over it, perhaps add some texture (i.e., suede) or even some fringe.
Baring it all doesn’t always read sexy, we’re sorry to tell Kim Kardashian West. Nothing defines a confident, powerful, and beautiful woman like a sleek and simple pantsuit such as this black-and-scarlet number from Christopher Kane.
Once upon a time, the rule that “You can’t wear white after Labor Day” was relevant. Today? Not so much. I love a wintry neutral look.
Next winter, layer up with an oversized scarf or a statement blanket that will have you ready for any polar vortex. Use this Belstaff number as a little inspiration for your layering game.
Chris Rovzar’s Favorites
Our global luxury editor, Mr. Chris Rovzar, appreciates designers that make garments featuring that essential component, comfort, while at the same time keeping your style in check. So that not only are you looking like royalty, you’re feeling like it, too.
I feel as if in London, there are so many designs I can’t picture any woman actually wearing, and then suddenly there’s a dress you can immediately imagine seeing on Kate Middleton. Obviously, by the time it’s in stores this dress will have a nude sheath underneath, so don’t expect to see any royal nipples peeping out. Once you eliminate the peekaboo aspect of this dress, it becomes a pretty, feminine look.
Jonathan Saunders’s collection was full of super-graphic, brightly colored, almost surf-inspired dresses and separates. If you’re not a model (making an angry model face), such loud clothing can threaten to drown you out. But this dress is simple, chic, and—not for nothing—it looks comfortable.
There were jumpsuits everywhere in London this season, and I know for a fact my colleague Hannah Elliott would wear almost all of them. To me, this darkly-patterned one is a standout, and it could be adapted for wear in any number of work environments—it’s Rosie the Riveter meets Andy, the administrative assistant.
I like a long-sleeved dress, and this crocheted pattern from Erdem is beautiful. Some women might have trouble with the length (mid-calf), but that’s why you wear a pair of statement boots underneath.
Christopher Raeburn had a bunch of cute coats in his show, over simple, waffled panel skirts. I like this one because of the color, the block patterning, and the subtle faux fur accent in the collar, which looks warm and comfy.
Hannah Elliott’s Favorites:
Hannah is our car columnist. She drives i8s, Bentleys, and Ferraris for a living. (Did you just ask yourself where you went wrong in life? Same.) She has strong opinions when it comes to fashion, specifically jumpsuits. P.S. if anyone can pull off a jumpsuit—and do it well—it’s Ms. Elliott.
Jumpsuits are incredibly popular this season—I like this one because it’s long and slim and soft and slouchy without being boyish or sloppy.
Here’s a fun, fresh way for fur: Pair it with a silk dress, booties, and some huge sunglasses. I love how the dress has long sleeves and a deep neck. It’s sexy but warmer (sort of) for winter.
An additional look at a jumpsuit, but this one is full-force. The slim fit at the angles pairs well with the cut-out, wide pattern at the shoulders.
This look is simple, clean, and utterly androgynous—but for the slim points of the heels underneath. Perfect.
Like a delicate vase or bone china, this dress is set off by its soft hue and strong patterns. It makes for a sharp silhouette.