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London’s accessories designers turned to the natural world for inspiration, with references ranging from natural minerals to outer space to the Mediterranean Sea to a bug’s life.
This story first appeared in the September 18, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Anya Hindmarch, who’s making a name as London Fashion Week’s entertainer in chief with her witty, colorful, often-mechanized presentations, flew her audience to the moon with a planetarium-like show space.
The bags dipped and rose over the runway, suspended from a solar system of a ceiling, while guests received personalized printed horoscopes on their seats. Clutches came in printed, lapis satin and soft silver leather, while evening bags were made from shiny, sculpted metal in an abstract star shape. Other styles were spherical, like planets.
Hindmarch also reworked some of her classics, deconstructing the Bathurst satchel and the Ebury bag into lighter versions of the originals. The designer has also launched whatplanetareyouon.com, a microsite for customers to create their own astrology charts to share via social media.
Manolo Blahnik took a more earthy turn, employing two motifs for spring: flowers, as in sandals decorated with dainty daisies, and an African influence, seen on the Agapax, a suede ankle-wrap style with a metal stiletto heel.
Sophia Webster called her spring presentation a “bug’s slumber party” for the whimsical shoes and bags that referenced ladybugs and butterflies, whose wings wrapped around a pair of laser-cut, over-the-knee gladiator boots. Ladybug spots popped up on shiny, dainty plastic and leather heels.
Smythson, meanwhile, dove into the Mediterranean with a series of ultralightweight, unlined Panama bags in a palette of sun-soaked shades. The brand also showcased its new 1887 bag, a roomy color-blocked handbag with contrast — rather than gold — stamping.