Well, another London Fashion Week came to an end this week, the 61st, and the Somerset House courtyard was awash with fashionistas, and wannabe fashionistas, and “those who simply came to be seen” – all vying for the attention of the camera! Amidst all this drama it can be difficult to remember what London Fashion Week is actually about.
But, fashion is big business and the excitement created on the catwalk influences and inspires the trends that filter down to our High Streets which we mere mortals can enjoy. And, as Caroline Rush (Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council) commented this week, “It [London Fashion Week] is incredibly important because it’s the showcase of the very best of British businesses to an international audience. The British fashion industry is exceeding the current economic growth we are seeing in the UK – because we are exporting all over the world.”
Back to the runway… having followed the shows from Milan to New York to London, for me, the most exciting was D&G SS15 Collection. Not least because of the finale which featured a parade of girls in crisp white shirts and high-waisted shorts. I have always been obsessed with ‘the perfect white shirt’ and it was D&G’s influence back in 2003 that convinced me it was possible to make the white shirt feminine for women. And, coincidentally, it was the Spanish Flamenco which inspired my design for Perfekcija’s CARMEN Shirt!
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana cited the Spanish influence on Sicily for the finale show at Milan Fashion Week. D&G’s SS15 bejewelled, lace, embroidered and floral adorned Collection in striking black, white and red perfectly interpreted the Spanish theme. You can really sense and feel the flamenco tempo running through the Collection. Superb. I love it!