My first show at LFW AW14 was that of Lulu Liu and this season the collection in my opinion had definitely become more sophisticated. This was my third time attending her show and with the rain pouring down in true British style, this cultured collection definitely cheered me up. Embodying the last emperor Cixia of China, and incorporating the Chinese royal colours she showcased a powerful and feminine range with yet a modern and clean aesthetic. Rich wools, silks, feathers and fur were infused with origami pleats, ruffles and hand painted prints creating a variety of texture.
Next up was Turkish designer, Bora Aksu's 50's inspired collection. Inspired by his mother and her life at boarding school, Bora took elements from the school uniforms such as stripes and grey along with preppy peter pan collars, and clashed it against mustard and pinks keeping a rich yet muted feel. Portraying the individuality between each student and emotions of leaving home, the models swished down the catwalk to Russian and French fairytale music with ribbons in their hair, folk braiding and cute socks and shoe combos. The juxtaposition of high neck collars and rebellious short skirts alongside full length gowns truly signified freedom within the boarding culture.
Although I didn't get to view the show first hand, it was definitely one of my highlights on day 1. Colour blocking and wearable separates is something that Choi usually embodies which instantly had me hooked last season. But this time his expertise of taking masculine cuts and adding a feminine vibe was given a 60's twist. The collection consisted off high necks, long sleeves, whites and various shades of blue. The first look was the check coat below which was a continued trend seen across the catwalks at LFW so be sure to invest if you haven't already. Tousled hair and eyeliner flicks played against knee length dresses, checked coats and cigarette pants, channelling a modern day Bardot.