London Fashion Week of February 2018 was, as expected, stunning. Over 200 fashion designers gathered to bring their artistic and innovative works to life in front of the world. And while it was definitely a challenge to pick and choose favourites, I have finally narrowed down my top five favourite collections from this fashion week.
Matty Bovan (Autumn/Winter 2108)
The first day of the week was kicked off with a range of incredible designers such as Ashley Williams, Bora Aksu, Ryan Lo and the talented students from the famous University of Westminster BA. While all their collections were undeniably entrancing, the one that stood out to me the most right from the start was Matty Bovan’s.
Matty Bovan is a fashion designer based in York and this fashion week was his first solo fashion show. His work is said to represent ‘his own parallel world of post-apocalyptic utopianism’. The rough angles and textured edges that somehow fall in place perfectly are all seemingly held together by the discreet headpieces featured here and the surrealism of the geometrical makeup. With the designs being almost chaotic alongside the utopian colour scheme, every piece in Matty Bovan’s collection is intriguing and captivating in its own unique way.
House of Holland (Autumn/Winter 2018)
Day two wasn’t any less impressive than the day before and the hard work and achievements of each fashion designer were clear and inspiring. However out of all the collections my favourite for the second day of the week was House of Holland’s Autumn/ Winter Collection; a more casual approach to fashion.
Henry Holland is the closest you can get to a single representation of London Fashion Week since his inspiration is the ‘London girl aesthetic’ and the ‘variety of attitudes, cultures and mindsets that exist throughout the UK capital’. The general trend of oversized jackets and hoodies paired with darker colours and camo print are what represents the current and foreseen casual yet trendy fashion in cities like London.
Temperly London (Autumn/Winter 2018)
As well as even more countless refreshing designs from open minded fashion designers, day three brought along another difficult decision of a single favourite collection of the day. However, because of the similar yet completely different dresses that were all equally as breath-taking, my first choice had to be Temperly London’s collection.
Alice Temperly has had a successfully running business for 17 years with a range of daywear, cocktail and evening wear as well as bridal collections that are released twice every year. Alice Temperly’s work is ‘epitomised by modern bohemianism with a confident, feminine and effortless attitude while staying true to its British Heritage’. Each of her dresses and outfits has intricate details that are hand-worked making the pieces even more exceptional. The signature belt for this collection that gives her work the Temperly London trademark is the perfect final touch for this collection.
Paul Costelloe (Autumn/Winter 2018)
Day four of London Fashion Week was one of my favourites because of designers like Erdem, David Koma and of course, Paul Costelloe. In my opinion, Paul Costelloe’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection is the closest fashion line to perfection.
Paul Costelloe is an Irish-American fashion designer with a brand that is the ‘leader in the use of hand-crafted, luxurious fabrics’ with all of his collections being of the ‘highest quality, texture and comfort.’ The mixture of bold and toned-down colours used in Paul Costelloe’s collection contrast amazingly. His eye-catching and vivid dresses next to menswear which is a lot more casual creates an undeniable and attractive aesthetic. All the works in this collection seem somewhat effortless, adding to the apparent illusion of perfection in each piece which is why Paul Costelloe has to be one of my favourite fashion designers, especially for this particular fashion week.
Teatum Jones (Autumn/Winter 2018)
Day five was the last day of February 2018 London Fashion Week and I’m sure we can all agree that we were still left wanting more after all the exceptional shows. The designer that impressed the most on the final day was Teatum Jones.
Teatum Jones is a ‘London based luxury label recognised for its modern, polished and bold aesthetic’ and the fashion is inspired and created by ‘human stories’ allowing each piece that Teatum Jones creates to have life of its own, standing out even more. The range of colours throughout the collection allow a stimulating show and while each dress has its own story to tell, Teatum Jones keeps a subtle constant of oversized or puffed sleeves along with flowing and layered skirts and trousers. Everything about this collection screams confident and that is unquestionably the first rule of fashion.
So these were my five favourite collections of London Fashion Week, let me know in the comments if you agree or not and which collections left you enchanted!
Pictures and quotes from www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Title picture from www.fashionweekonline.com