NYLON's Market Director Rachael Wang is front row, backstage, and at the most exclusive parties during London Fashion Week--and reporting on it all. Here is her first update from across the Atlantic. Read part one here!
The second half of London Fashion Week was even better than the first. Starting with Christopher Kane and ending with Tom Ford. Here are the eight coolest things I saw.
1. FUTURE PERFECT
I’m obsessed with Christopher Kane’s entire futuristic vision for spring 2014. Hyper-feminine details like lace, floral and a Laduree pastel palette were offset by technical hardware, cutouts and conceptual shape. Somehow the collection was both romantically reminiscent and entirely new. My favorite looks were a backless sweatshirt enhanced with rhinestone flowers, paired with a calf length silk skirt and a slip dress in crisp white with pistachio green, sheer, pleated panels and dentist-bib clips for straps.
2. LUCITE PLATFORMS
Erdem was an absolutely beautiful show all about texture and sheer layering. The ethereal looks were finished off with the coolest funky lucite platforms that marched down the runway in black, white and floral.
3. PINK COCOON COAT
I seriously cannot wait to wear a pink coat. I’m a tomboy at heart so the masculine, easy-going shape of the one at Burberry is perfect. I think Harry Styles, sitting across from me, was too occupied with what Cara Delevingne was wearing while strutting down the runway, though to notice this gem.
4. BOXY BUTTON DOWN
You can never have enough white button down shirts and the full sleeved version at Peter Pilotto is a great update on the classic. The boxy cropped shape is boyish and sexy at the same time. P.S. Peter Pilotto announced at the show that he will be collaborating with Target on a collection in February 2014. Holler.
Simone Rocha designed a stunning collection which transformed prim ladylike cues into something very subversive and cool. Pearls ornamented sheer granny socks, jellies-esque mary-janes and collars in barnacle-like clumps to great effect.
6. SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING
I’m athletic, so I’m always interested in the technical aspect of Stella McCartney’s ongoing collaboration with Adidas. The presentation consisted of simulated group workouts, one of which was an awesome synchronized swimming routine. This swim team, rocking maillots with strategically placed cutouts, proved that hyper-functional apparel can definitely look good.
7. HAPPY FACE HANDBAGS
Anya Hindmarch takes the handbag cake this week for her white "Have a nice day" totes with happy faces. Takeout never looked so chic. #1 fan right over here.
8. HERITAGE BROWN LEATHER
Tom Ford's leather jacket is like a handsome vintage treasure. In simple brown it is reminiscent of so many nostalgic things: a teddy bear, the old couch in a dark study, a grandfather’s aviator jacket and it’s what makes this piece timeless. Fast fashion is fun but a girl’s gotta have some heavy-hitter standby's to keep it all classy.