Inspiration : Fashion
London Fashion Week AW2014 - PatternsFriday, February 21, 2014
I've always had an interest in fashion, having done textiles at school & college, and originally wanting to go into fashion design or journalism , but during my degree I didn't have time to read fashion magazines, look up the latest fashion shows and I generally felt a bit guilty like I was cheating on interior design! I wasn't originally planning on posting anything fashion related on here, but I found London Fashion Week really interesting this year, a lot of the colours and textures were ones I could imagine myself wearing and I even found myself drawn to some really patterned and detailed pieces, which is pretty unusual as the nearest I usually get to liking a pattern is stripes! Here are a couple of the collections I really liked...
I have to admit I'd never heard of Holly Fulton before, as she is a relativity new designer. It was hard to chose a couple of items from her AW2014 show as they were all incredible. Her collection is full of graphic prints in muted colours with metallic touches. The overall style is very Art Deco meets Aztec. I also found a collaboration between Holly Fulton & Radley, my personal favourite is the Riri pouch, which is in the shape of the Radley dog...
Mary Katrantzou has been favourite designer of mine since I first saw her work whilst doing research for some textiles coursework. Her silhouettes are always effortlessly simple, making her eye catching, kaleidoscope patterns the show stoppers. This season her colours are rich and dark contrasting with pastel blues, and regal, jewellery inspired motifs.
Temperley London, by Alice Temperley is another brand I've never really noticed before. Her AW collection was inspired by a trip to Como and religious robes worn in Italy. The garments have some really beautiful jacquard influenced prints, quilted textures, and a mix of pastel and deep colours. I also felt a slight touch of Art Nouveau and symmetry in many of the designs.
You can probably see why I've been won over by pattern this season! I know I'll definitely be awaiting these kind of ornate, jewel inspired designs to filter down to high street fashion by next winter. I will be writing a post on how you can incorporate more patterns into your homes soon....