LFW WEEKEND: SIMONE ROCHA, TOPSHOP, SHRIMPS
Despite the fact that more than half of today's major womenswear designers are men, this weekend at London Fashion Week felt like a serious girl power moment. Female designers owned the catwalk and created imaginative, striking collections that wooed the press and won social media brownie points across every blogger's Snapchat story. In an industry still plagued with patriarchal ideas of business and dress, it was refreshing to see female designers like Topshop's Kate Phelan confidently step into the spotlight for Spring/Summer 2017. These were some of the standout lines that we saw this weekend from London's leading ladies.
Leave it to 30 year old Simone Rocha to spin an elegant and majestic collection from a farm theme. The designer paired patchwork with tulle and fine yarn with crisp poplin and macramé for SS17, creating a collection that stole our hearts.
Always a Couturesque favourite, the Topshop team embraced the individuality of 80s London fashion markets this season, and we loved the result. Mixing vintage bygone pieces like denim jackets, boiler suits, and utility shirts with done-up florals and vinyl party dresses, this collection grew upon last season's "art school" theme, showing all of the contours of youth, from outfits for a day in class, to a night out, to world domination.
News flash: Hannah Weiland just designed our dream wardrobe... again. Adding more gauze to the brand's signature menu of furs and ribbons, the collection conjured the feeling of an English garden party, or the perfect pastel brunch uniform.