The Highlights of London Fashion Week 2015

Just these last couple of days London saw the sights of beautiful waif thin girls, eccentrically dressed fashion editors, socially current bloggers, photographers forever flashing away, busy casting directors, and exalted designers.

It is without a doubt that London Fashion Week has a very canny way of standing out from the rest of fashion weeks around the world, mostly because there REALLY is something for everyone, whether in the form of events, presentation shows, or runway shows- nothing goes unmissed or unseen.

So while London waves goodbye to yet another fashion week and the fashion elite move on to another plethora of shows in Milan, we at Verge would like to highlight the most notable moments of this season.

 

FRONT ROW

The Topshop Unique show, known for raising models to star status, saw the IT girl likes of Cara Delevigne, Kendall Jenner, Alexa Chung, and Jourdan Dunn on one side of the runway, while singers Paloma Faith, Ellie Goulding, and Pixie Lott were sat on the other side.

FROW

 

However the most interesting front row this season would have to be at Vivienne Westwood. The show was hosted at the Science Museum and reverberated Dame Westwood’s political stance in which the ‘Red Label girl Votes Green.’ This year’s front row not only hosted celebrities but also political activists and supporters of the Green Party.

And of course we cannot forget the star-studded event that was Burberry Prorsum (as it is every year). From the likes of Kate Moss Naomi Campbell, Mario Testino, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Clemence Posey, to current nation sweet heart Sam Smith.

 

MAKEUP LOOKS

Two of our favorite beauty looks ended up on either end of the makeup spectrum. Topshop Unique brought us understated while Vivienne Westwood brought sculpted artistry. Topshop Unique’s makeup consisted of a strong brow and tinted lips, looking more into “handsome and well-bred’ girls. Makeup legend Val Garland created the dramatic Vivienne Westwood beauty looks by smearing red and black paint across models’ faces.

Topshop Unique Beauty 1 Topshop Unique Beauty 2
Topshop Unique Beauty

 

Vivienne Westwood Beauty 2 Vivienne Westwood Beauty 1
Vivienne Westwood

 

SHOES/ACCESSORIES

Having teamed up with Coca Cola, the Sophia Webster AW15 collection was nothing short of, well, fantastical and of course forever in the spirit of ‘tongue in cheek.’ From glittery shoes with “Miss Thang” written on the front to clutches that read ‘Touch My Clutch” and “Say My Name,” Sophia Webster’s Freak Like Me collection was not only fun and light hearted, but most importantly captivating in how it managed to bring out current trends within an almost unworldly environment of optical illusion.

Sophia Webster Sophia Webster 2 (1)

 

MEMORABLE SHOW

Not so much for the light hearted, but the return of Gareth Pugh to London Fashion Week after seven years saw something of sacrificial qualities, whether dark and sinister, or even heroic. Imagery of St. George’s Cross, seen by some as controversial, was heavily relied on throughout the show, but was also very reminiscent of Britain’s most beloved sport- football. Gareth Pugh seemingly wanted to bring in British symbolism within his show especially with his return to London, and having inspirations drawn from Wayne Rooney and Queen Elizabeth I.

Gareth Pugh

 

It is definitely important to point out the show that kicked off this season, Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief runway show. Having enlisted a variety of celebrities to walk in the show, such as Katie Price and Daisy Lowe, this year’s event was focused on raising funds to help fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. First established in 2005, the Fashion for Relief foundation first sought out to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Vivienne Westwood, Balmain, Versace, and Dolce and Gabbana were among some of the designers to have donated pieces.

Fashion for Relief

 

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