London Fashion Week designers 2013


One of the big attractions for designers at London Fashion Week is the ability to unveil a collection to fashion lovers, buyers and media from around the world. Among those who unveiled their collections in the first few days were Bora Aksu from Turkey who had been inspired by his homeland for an inspirational outing for a slick show held at Somerset House.

Bora had scarf tassels and table cloth lace mixed elegantly with white ‘ticking’ stripes along with shades of a yolk yellow and vibrant pink. The skirts were also ethnically inspired along with peasant dresses and blouses; fashion watchers praised a collection that had charm and had the feel of a sun filled holiday in Turkey.

Other designers to make their mark were the duo Fydor Golan who delivered a collection that was heavily inspired by the 90s they enjoyed in their childhood; in Fydor’s case that was in Latvia and for Golan it was Israel.
They unveiled an impressive collection of stark contrasts and mixed luxury with sportswear so fashion watchers got to enjoy sweatshirts with ostrich boa skirts, lots of smiling face badges as well as snakeskin with sheer mesh.
Designers from Korea making waves London Fashion Week 2013 also saw designers from Korea making waves; J. JS Lee used 1920s body skimming silhouettes to mix very feminine designs with masculine overtones to deliver a clean minimal look that went down well.

Whereas Eudon Choi unveiled a collection that was a mix of Japanese kimono cuts with Korean prints that were paired with strapless bustiers over prim schoolgirl shirts.There was also a big catwalk debut for Christopher Raeburn’s show which took standard issue outdoor gear and then giving it a feminine twist with mesh panel sweatshirt and nylon shift dresses.

Some of the models even got their own matching backpack and the show was hailed for making the summer’s sporty trend look great and cool.Judged by celebrity designer Victoria Beckham London Fashion Week also saw Christian Wijnantsx celebrated as an up-and-coming designer and picking up a cheque for £67,000 in a competition for the International Woolmark Prize which was judged by celebrity designer Victoria Beckham.

Other designers who made their mark in London Fashion Week 2013 included Felder Felder, KTZ and Kena Theo.
As London Fashion Week progressed, fashion watchers also got to enjoy new collections from Zoe Jordan, Sass & Bide, Issa, Antipoium and Clements Riberio. The collections of House of Holland also drew a lot of attention as did David Koma and John Rocha.

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The final day saw London Fashion Week end in style with shows from Haizhen Wang, James Long, Lucas Nascimento and Maria Grachvogel.Indeed, London Fashion Week also saw a number of the country’s long established designers bring a classic elegance to the events catwalks while the younger up-and-coming designers opted for useful fun styles.
Among the classic designers attracting lots of attention were Daniella Helayel who unveiled a collection of woven jacquards and printed chiffon kaftans.Vivienne Westwood unveiled a cutting-edge collection Veteran designer Vivienne Westwood also unveiled a cutting-edge collection while John Rocha was on trend with oversized green coats that were pinned at the waist with matching belts and matched with coral pink mohair bags.

Jasper Conran won rave reviews for his show at the end of the week while Julien Macdonald attracted attention for evening dresses in an array of dazzling colours including silver, emerald green, gold and canary yellow.

There is no doubt that London Fashion Week 2013 was a huge hit for the UK’s designers and for those who were showing from overseas for the first time but the winners were fashion lovers who attend the catwalk shows from around the world.