Fashion Weeks AW15 Highlights

Our re-cap of the fashion weeks AW15 looks at key designers, our clients and what you can look forward to in the next season. 

Fashion Weeks AW15 Highlights

New York Fashion Week

Oscar de la Renta

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It was announced that British-born Peter Copping was set to join the fashion house last year. Unfortunately, Oscar de la Renta died prior to this union becoming a reality and now Copping is at the helm.

Peter Copping summed up his approach on a letter left on the guests' seats. He said, “In this, my first collection, I hope to honour Oscar’s legacy and also to start a new chapter for the house.” And that's exactly what he did.

The show began conservatively with a black embellished cashmere coat. It then went on to luxurious but lighter fabrics with plenty of fur trims.

Peter Copping said, “Where once the house might have used a heavy taffeta silk, I used an ultralight duchesse silk instead.” He added, “It makes the clothes a bit more youthful — a bit younger,” according to the Financial Times. We look forward to more of this new direction for the brand.

Michael Kors

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Michael Kors AW15 also took a turn towards the more conservative woman with demure cuts and lavish fabrics. His aim was “opulent restraint” with Babe Paley, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor in mind.

Fur was very much at the forefront from coats, exaggerated cuffs, stoles and muffs. The depth of tones saw brown blossom into mustard and grey bloom into blue and green.

The shin-length hems, double-breasted jackets and timeless sartorial sophistication were also seen in cashmere and silk, flute-skirts and cape-coats. Unsurprisingly, however, the final floor-length dresses stole the show. Either way, the collection hit its target in style.

London Fashion Week

Mary Katrantzou

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Mary Katrantzou AW15 offered something that can only be found at London Fashion Week: whimsical experimentation, imagination and risk. The pink foam pyramids of the catwalk hinted at all these elements.

There was an unusual use of fabric throughout and not in the sense of out-of-season wares. The pink pyramids accented outfits and accessories whilst plastic ruffles filled hoods and adorned dresses.

When it came to cuts: asymmetrical skirts flared from the knee. Likewise, bellbottoms were folded inward to create the illusion of a higher hemline. These outfits were created to be seen and celebrated.

Burberry Prorsum

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Bohemian, Eastern influences were in full-force at Burberry AW15. The folk dresses, suede fringing and large florals fit the theme of 'Pattern, Patchwork and Print' perfectly.

The brand are known for their outerwear and this season catered to every taste with coats, jackets, cape-coats and throws in every staple season fabric. Whereas, the expected trenches were fewer and further between.

Nonetheless, this season the dresses speak for themselves whilst the outerwear steps up in variety and character. Look forward to empire lines galore in the coming year.

Roksanda

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Roksanda Ilincic shared heavy fabrics and layering in bold hues through thick knits and colour-clashing. These were then nipped in with statement belts.

The wide-legged cropped trousers were also on-trend for AW15. Whilst thick knits and shin-skimming hemlines ruled the roost.

Vivid, bold and feminine this youthful display is the way to wrap up next winter.

Milan Fashion Week

Prada

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Prada AW15 appealed to a younger consumer with their colourful mixing and matching of tailored suits. These too were seen with double-breasted jackets and flared cropped trousers.

The sartorial sweetness came in cashmere, tweed and layers of leather. Colour clashing was also achieved through accents of plush fur panels.

These outfits were largely made for the working woman who wants to stand out from the crowd with a sense of feminine fun.

Salvatore Ferragamo

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Salvatore Ferragamo brilliantly creates a sense of sophistication and the fashion weeks AW15 were no different. Geometric designs joined wide fringed leather, knitwear and lace. 

The tailoring skimmed silhouettes without this season's details overpowering the garments. It was a masterclass in restraint and balance.

Paris Fashion Week

Lanvin

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The fashion weeks SS15 saw Lanvin celebrating their 125th anniversary with stunning simplicity. This season, however, saw designer Alber Elbaz return to his Moroccan roots.

There were plenty of loose-fitting trousers tucked into boots alongside languid dresses tied and tasselled.

Shabby shearling, fur and cape-coats also made a welcome appearance for the colder climbs. Altogether this was a more relaxed and free spirited collection.

Roland Mouret

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Roland Mouret AW15 continued their use of block colours though colour contrast gave way to geometric prints.

Light layers and sheer fabrics appealed to the globetrotting woman whilst the season called for less sporty and more tailored. The introduction of teal, burgundy and orange also gave this line just a hint of daring.

Alexander McQueen

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Alexander McQueen are known for taking their cue from a characteristic flower whereas Paris Fashion Week AW15 saw the demise of this motif. Their floral inspiration was from wilting bouquets and it works.

Textured leather, shearling, ruffles, fringing, organza and lace fishtails made for a romantic, if dark, death. The house also gave a typical nod to the past through Victorian collars.

Alike, their edge came in the form of black chokers yet it was a tender take on a flower's Swan Song.

Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton AW15 left the seventies fashion trend behind in favour of a sixties rock 'n' roll aesthetic. There were flared two-piece ribbed knits, fluffy fur coats and an abundance of must-have mini-skirts.

It's clear that a more youthful market was in mind for ladies who never lived in the decade the first time around. Still, the collection felt modern and fresh as we’ve now come to expect from the fashion house.

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