London Fashion Week is famous for being a creative hotbed of the avant garde, the extreme, and the boundary-pushing, and the five designers who formed the London Swarovski Collective certainly reinforced the event’s reputation.
With a vivid colour palette of pink and black, the duo explored an almost fetishistic side of street wear. A pink bomber jacket embellished with neon pink pearls was paired with a vinyl skater skirt and baseball cap, while a black vinyl jumpsuit was accented using multi-hued and scattered crystals.
Mary Katrantzou’s latest collection didn’t feature any of the signature digital prints with which her brand has become synonymous. Instead, she chose to express herself through fabric, embroidery, and embellishment based around a theme of emblems and badges. Her regal, almost ecclesiastical, gowns and mini dresses were given extraordinary crystal detailing in the intricate collages.
Zhang certainly has a handle on how to create some of the most unreservedly pretty clothes on the schedule. His chic, long-sleeved mini dress, covered in exquisite hand-drawn floral and bird motifs and softly colored with crystals, was a collection highlight. The designer also continued to demonstrate his talent for creating rich, textural tapestry from lace and appliqué.
One of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favorite designers explored a darker direction for Fall/Winter 2014. Inspired by film noir, Wickstead opened the show with a midi-length, black leather overcoat delicately edged with Swarovski pearls, her signature ladylike aesthetic evident in the sweetly subversive crystal detail that complimented the precision tailoring.
Michael Van Der Ham
The Dutch designer has a knack for cool, contemporary dresses and skirts, and his latest collection didn’t disappoint. Embracing a warm winter palette of burnt orange, pink, gold, blue and yellow, van der Ham created original patterns with appliqué techniques, using exquisitely delicate crystals to add shadow and depth to his oversized winter florals.
Photography by Dan Lecca and Jason Lloyd-Evans (for Michael Van Der Ham).