The Michael van der Ham show featured an array of bold prints, glittering embellishments and vivid colour. Each of the pieces felt really fresh, modern and wearable, with classic hairstyling hinting at the old school glamour which inspired the collection. Beautiful!
The dark mystique of the Giles show really reminded me of McQueen's approach to putting together a collection in the sense that there was an overarching story which was carried through into each piece. High necklines and frock coats evoked a gothic Victorian influence, whilst beautiful burnout prints and sweeping ivory gowns captured an essence of Havisham inspired doomed romance.
Erdem's signature pretty florals took a darker turn for AW12/13, with black lace offset beautifully against vibrant hues of cobalt blue and green. Structure was key here, with ladylike A-line and pencil skirts emphasising waspish waists and more than proving that Erdem's creations are the perfect embodiment of classic feminine dressing.
McQ made a triumphant return to London, and, under the creative vision of Sarah Burton, gave us a show which perfectly captured the aesthetic of the mainline McQueen collection. In a presentation which was every bit as theatrical as those we've come to expect from McQueen, the McQ show featured a stunning array of exquisite tailoring, luxurious details and elegant gowns, which were both magical and accessible in equal measure.
Mary Katrantzou's stunning collection incorporated her iconic digital prints across a spectrum of silhouettes. I loved the progression from some of the more structured pieces from previous shows into the empire line dresses, with the panoply of pleats, frills and ruffles on display combining to create a really wearable collection without compromising on any of Mary's signature touches.
What did you think of London Fashion Week? And which shows were your favourite?
(Image credit: elle.com.)