Wow, the Fall 2013 RTW shows across the pond were a far cry from New York. Overall, the London looks seemed to be a little less colorful and a lot more serious than NYFW (minus the Tom Ford dress below, which basically made up for the lack of color in London all by itself).Still, a gal like me loves some sophisticated, refined ensembles every once in awhile. Grab your Earl Grey, button up your inner adult, and take a look at my favorite looks from London. Oh, and don’t forget to stay posted for my coverage of Fashion Week in Milan and Paris!
1. L’Wren Scott – God, wouldn’t this outfit make you feel like you could conquer the world? It has a very serious, professional shape, but the scaly gold adds a fun, artistic flair. And don’t get me started on how much I love a royal blue and gold combo.
2. Temperley London – All I could think of when I saw this dress was Angelina Jolie’s Oscar dress from last year, except this gown is a little less in-your-face and, well, a lot less pretentious. It’s the floor length black dress done to perfection, only putting the decolletage on display. The rest is a sexy mystery.
3. Moschino Cheap and Chic – I simply adored how bold and graphic some of the London looks were. Doesn’t this dress look like something Carrie Bradshaw would have worn in Paris? Yeah, exactly. It’s perfect.
4. Tom Ford – After you recover from the temporary blindness caused by Tom Ford’s peppy, bright orange number, take another look and wait for your jaw to drop. The colors, sequins, and bold graphic at the hip + the conservative shape = a flawless, fashion oxymoron.
5. Christopher Kane – Seriously, Christopher Kane and Tom Ford must have sat down before Fashion Week and discussed how obsessed they were with artsy graphics. I love that the simple shape of this black frock puts all attention on the thermal view of the human brain – very, very cool.
6. Giles – You know, I wasn’t too into this dress at first because I thought it looked like a camouflage print splashed with gold leaf. Even though I still think this is sort of true, I’ve embraced it wholeheartedly. Turning something so – let’s be honest, anti-fashion – into something so chic takes a lot of skill.
7. House of Holland – Note to self: buy a hundred cute mid-calf skirts and a hundred witty sweaters and mix and match. Every day. Forever.
8. Mary Katrantzou – I love when fashion evokes nostalgia, and this print reminds me of the bridge my family would cross on our way to Kentucky when I was little. However, this is another one I was a little iffy about until I looked at it longer, mainly because I think it would make my hips look enormous. But, hey, if you’ve got the bod and a love of prints, ROCK IT.
9. Burberry Prorsum – Fittingly, this coat looks so much like something Kate Middleton would wear to me, perhaps minus the cutesy hearts. It’s the perfect coat for someone who’s all about a put-together look, yet still wants to show off her personality.
10. Mulberry – Attention! Just like at the New York shows, London is LOVING fur for fall. Whether you want to go real or go faux, set your sights upon some edgy fur pieces and pair with your favorite basics throughout the whole season. It’s foolproof!