So London Fall Fashion Week 2011 came to an end yesterday, and while I didn’t follow it as closely as New York (blame it on exhaustion!) it does deserve a recap. I love British Fashion, it has a quirkiness that says, “Yes, we’ve lost our empire, and our weather is questionable at best, but we still have the Queen!” or something like that. No, but in all seriousness, I really do love London and the fashion it produces. And the trend continues with the shows of Mulberry, Temperley London and Burberry Prorsum.
Mulberry is back in London (after showing a few season’s in New York) and the house seems to be celebrating its return with a decidedly English bent. From the equestrian style pants of the first look, to the double-breasted belted coat, there is a retro British vibe to the line. Actually, I am pretty sure I have seen these looks before while perusing old photo albums of my mother during her London study abroad (circa 1974)—she’s always been on the cutting edge of fashion. As for the final look: it’s ethereal done goth, which makes it less girly and a whole lot more fun.
Temperley London is also back in London after a New York hiatus, just in time for the label’s tenth anniversary. As always the clothing is sure to make retailers drool, but this show seemed to have a bit more of a grown up appeal to it. Of course there were the ingénue type dresses, but designer Alice Temperley balanced them out with looks more befitting the heroine. While the first look has a level of sweetness (it has a ruffled skirt for goodness sakes!), the second has much more of a take-no-prisoners vibe and the final is an amalgamation of both.
It doesn’t get more quintessential British than Burberry Prorsum. And of course central to the Burberry house is the outerwear. I am all about this outerwear. From the plaid meets military to the cropped bell-sleeved to the feminine quilted white jacket- these coats are chic. I love the buttons, the cuffs, the necklines… maybe I need to live in a city where the climate call for coats more than eight days a year… okay, maybe that’s pushing it. But these coats would look great in my closet.