The London Eye
By Rachel Gellerman and Jessica Schoefer
London was abuzz as London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 kicked off.
The Fashion Network Association insider, Rachel Gellerman, has shared with us the news from the shows across the pond.
Technology showed that it had gained an even stronger foothold in the industry since the unprecedented 3D Burberry Show last fall 2010, as it was used to showcase collections in numerous ways.
Collections continued to be featured via projection screens outside London’s Somerset House for the public to watch the live shows going on inside. Live online video streams were available for those at home to watch.
Two outlooks emerged from the collections. Some collections centered on a new age theme, with Designers utilizing digital prints on fabric as well as the “liquid-look” of plastic to achieve the look.
In contrast to the new-age trend, Brit brands like Erdem and Burberry Prorsum featured rich textured fabrics such as cashmere, tweed, and wool to exhibit their “collage couture” collections.
Over all, the key trends that emerged from the runways for Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 feature: below the knee skirts, pleats, mixed rich fabrics (like tweed, wool, cashmere, and velvet), both faux and real fur, and rich colors (such as olive, wine, red, pink, and orange. Runway make-up trends harkened to the simplicity of the‘60’s; British beauty at its finest. Indeed, subtle shades of brown and grey colored models’ eyelids, lips remained nude, and hair was pulled back into a simple pony tail future highlighting the simplicity theme.
For a chance to see the London Fashion Week yourself, take a moment with http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/catwalkreport_v2.aspx?seasonid=23&seasonday=2011-2-18&day=1