9.45am: ROKSANDA ILINCIC
Ilincic showcased her Spring/Summer 2014 collection in the surroundings of London Bridge Quarter. Her designs put the geo trend back into the forefront of our minds for next Summer – it’s not over yet! The bold Crayola colours were a breath of fresh air after the ‘pastels, pastels and more pastels’ situation we are more than used to now for Spring/Summer – fingers crossed next year will be the year of no pastels! Illincic has focussed on structure and minimalism for this season, creating bold lines with geometric prints on tunic style dresses and laser cut neoprene patterns decorating skirts. There was, however, an element of feminism that helped balance Ilincic’s statement – queue the embellished 3D flowers, the CUTEST bow heels ever and cinched in waists on dresses to provide a womanly silhouette. This is minimalism at its maximum – a wearable collection that allows women to look less cutesy, more ‘fashion’ for Summer. I predict the high street will definitely imitate the petal embellished jacket and I will most likely want it…
Okay so, we’ve got pastels. That didn’t last long did it! However, who can resist lace in sweet candy shades? And not just any lace, British bred Nottingham lace. Bailey has mixed soft camels, light greys and monochrome into the collection to weigh out the pastels – a clever concoction which will hopefully influence next Summer’s trends – if you’re gonna do the pastel look, at least water it down with a grey mac. Talking about macs, Bailey has softened their look for SS14. We’re talking rounded shoulders, a slightly slouchy silhouette, bracelet sleeves and delicate lapels. They’re very much a mac tailored for a woman with no masculine influences involved – something different to the androgynous theme seen previously. Burberry’s traditional English Rose is definitely still apparent within this collection, something Bailey should hold on to, however I feel he did play safe this season. Cara’s transparent cape for her final look added could have been developed more, maybe.
4pm-7pm: PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND
We have a newbie on the cards. Massimo Nicosia is Pringle’s new head designer and, thankfully, loves a challenge. With traditional brands such as Pringle, it’s tough to recreate that je-ne-sais-quoi that has made them iconic whilst also bringing it into the 21st century. Knitwear is Pringle’s heartbeat in that it has kept the brand alive for centuries. Nicosia aims to create more structure to knitwear by using new technology fabrics – something he focussed on in this collection. The iconic diamond tessellated print was introduced once again on a cobalt blue and white knit teamed with cropped white trousers. White was used heavily throughout the collection, with dashes of cobalt and one tangerine coloured dress. Sportswear could be seen in the mesh fabric, bomber jackets and racing stripe details – a definite first for Pringle. All in all, it’s a good start from Nicosia.
(All images: Style.com)