LONDON — Some designers played it safe this season, relying on signature looks, while others, like Russell Sage, charted new territory. But almost everywhere, color continued to be an important theme.
Elspeth Gibson was true to her whimsical, fit-for-nymphs designs, sending out silver lace dresses, tulle and sequin slips and other diaphanous chiffon creations. Her palette ranged from watery greens and blues to iridescent pinks and bright orange. Antoni & Alison, too, went with what they knew best: T-shirts with slogans. Oversized gray sweatshirts and knitted tops read, "Girl smoking" and "I’m completely bothered and compelled to look different." Well, excu-u-u-se me.
At Boyd, the eveningwear was as enchanting as ever. There were lace flapper dresses, black silk teddies and evening coats with embroidery or multicolored crystals. Russell Sage moved on this season, offering up a more relaxed collection inspired by Titian — and that’s no surprise considering that a major exhibition of the artist’s work opened earlier this week at the National Gallery. Dress shirts, all with handpainted buttons, were loose and worn long. Silk dresses and tops hinted at corsetry but were unstructured, and skirts came in shades of rose and burnt orange.
Sage wasn’t the only designer to play with color this season. Hamish Morrow showed orange-and-gold silk jacquard trousers and black and purple ribbon dresses. Zandra Rhodes strutted her stuff in her new fashion and textile museum, which opens to the public in May. The crowd went wild as Zandra’s girls vamped in colorful, sheer, printed chiffon tops and tunics. Nothing new here, but what sexy girl can resist a little retro Rhodes? Rafael Lopez treaded a little too close to Balenciaga territory with the pieced-together warrior looks that opened his show, but all of those pleated and ruched lamé minidresses, in turquoise, cobalt or amethyst, were perfect for drawing out a girl’s inner glamazon.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)