Coffee or tea? It’s always a hard choice, as each one satisfies a very different need. Transpose that to fashion and you will find the dilemma editors and fashionistas have to face every season: New York or London.
Schedules make it almost impossible to cover both (you would have to fly from New York at night on the 13th after the Calvin Klein show and wake up at 7 AM in London to attend the Antoni & Alison opening show at the Somerset House).
Some do manage it (Anna Wintour, Tim Blanks or Hilary Alexander what is usually referred to as biannual “fashion tour”), but unless you’re a superhero, you still probably have to choose, and you’d better choose well if you don’t want to regret it for the rest of the week.
This season though, it seemed quite easy to pick one of those destinations.
Certainly New York Fashion Week is the place where big labels show, but we all know the future of fashion comes from young designers, and when it comes to up-and–coming talents, London is surely the #1 platform.
Sass & Bide brought a bit of Australia to London with their origami-based dresses and skirts which soon transformed into neon and sequined pants and dresses, all of this perfectly accessorized with glamorous golden jewelry.
Holly Fulton let’s-go-to-the-beach collection was lively, colorful and the prints used represented one of the most sophisticated patterns seen this week!
Some designers like to take risks, all the while keeping it under control and still assuring the commercial success of their collections.
It was the case of JW Anderson, whose collection featured fabric superposition and pure lines, as well as Simone Rocha’s, who played the originality card with her plastic platform shoes teamed with flower lace dresses and delicate coats.
And then there are fashion shows that cannot even be referred to as runway shows, but simply shows, with a capital S.