Playfulness at London Fashion Weekby 159
Whether you're an avid follower of trends or a distant observer, it is nearly always just a bit exciting to see what new thoughts, ideas and images designers have created as we roll into Spring. This year's London Fashion Week has brought a sense of fun and imagination that has been all too absent in the seemingly endless reign of minimalism. Goodbye to grey winter and hello to bold, colourful (and not-entirely-stable-grandma) Spring and Summer! The Canadian designer Steven Tai brought what felt like an entire coming-of-age theatre production to the shows, albeit one played entirely by models. Geeky school girls sat bored and slumped in their beautifully coloured and cut off duty uniforms. Alice Archer's LFW16 presentation included a more paired down and polite interpretation of embellished-granny. We particularly liked her skilled embroidery and use of rich fabrics. Perhaps the prize for the maddest granny should go to Molly Goddard whose collection mixed dreaming ballerinas with Miss Havisham and Sid Vicious - would you believe it..
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