Friday, 20 September 2013

London Fashion Week Spring/Summer Collections 2014. M&S pink coat. Feast your eyes on L'Wren Scott, Burberry, Mulberry, Tom Ford, Stella McCartney, Berardi, Preen, J W Anderson, Richard Nicoll, Nascimiento, Casasola, Osman, Pringle, Grachvogel, Katrantzou, Mark Fast, Erdem, Ilincic, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood.

Marks and Spencer pink coat £99

Marks and Spencer stole a march on London Fashion Week with a pink coat from their winter collection: it is the hit of the season and sold out immediately.

London Fashion Week (LFW) is organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC), which promotes emerging British designers. LFW contributes greatly to the national economy with orders estimated at over £100m. The main sponsor is Vodaphone. 

Next year's clothes are something to look forward to. Elegant, eminently wearable clothes in mainly spring-like pastel colours were shown on attractive models. As usual there was a shocking lack of black models but happily no emaciated ones. Vivienne Westwood's models were made up to show the effects of climate change/war which rather detracted from the clothes. Some dresses had little trains or swishy bits at the bottom. Most annoyingly the prices of the clothes and accessories are not shown in any articles on the show that I could find.


Burberry won the award for Digital Innovation British Fashion Awards 2010. Christopher Bailey MBE  is Chief Creative Officer

 Jasper Conran OBE

You can buy his clothes in Debenhams and he has won many awards.

 L'Wren Scott 

Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy wear her clothes and no wonder. L' Wren was born in Utah and was called Luann. She is better known for being Mick Jagger's girlfriend. 

 L'Wren Scott

 L'Wren Scott
Fabulous hat and outfit for Ascot

 Sir Paul Smith

He is famous for menswear and his lovely shop at 9 Albemarle Street.

 Roksanda Ilincic

Roksanda's models wore elegant bows and neon colours. Gwyneth Paltrow and Lady Gaga are among her clients. She was born in Belgrade.

 J W Anderson 

Jonathan William made his debut for Topshop. He won British Fashion Award 2012 Emerging Talent Award- Ready-To-Wear. He was born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland.


Erdem Moralioğlu was born in Montreal to a Turkish father and an English mother.  He won £200,000 at the inaugural British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.

Mark Fast

Mark comes from Winnipeg, Canada. He is known for his innovative knitwear designs.

 Mary Katrantzou

Mary was born in Athens. In 2011 she was awarded the British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent: womenswear

 Maria Grachvogel

Maria was born in London to a Polish father and an Irish mother. Her store is in Culford Gardens, LondonScarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, and Victoria Beckham wear her clothes.


Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi of  Preen made their debut at London Fashion Week in Spring 2001. Rihanna wears their clothes.

Glamorous Preen parka

 Lucas Nascimiento

Lucas was born in Bonito, Brazil. He has a degree in knitwear from London College of Fashion.

Antonio Berardi

Antonio was born in Grantham to Sicilian parents. In 2003 he designed a coat  lit up by light bulbs to form a crucifix. Gwyneth Paltrow wears his clothes.

 Mulberry model with bulldog

Mulberry is famous for handbags, notably the Bayswater. Designer Emma Hill is leaving Mulberry, and her last show at Claridge's gave her audience a great tea..

 a modern take on the Argyle pattern long-favoured by golfers

Pringle of Scotland was founded in 1815, and is famous for its knitwear. Madonna and David Beckham wear Pringle. Ex-Balenciaga Alistair Carr is Design Director.

 Pringle showed amazing shoes

 Richard Nicoll

Kylie Minogue and Keira Knightley wear his clothes. He has designed for Louis Vuitton and Topshop. He won Best Young Designer at ELLE Style Awards (2009). 

Dame Vivienne Westwood, DBE, RDI

Famous punk fashion designer and fearless campaigner for different causes Vivienne was born in Cheshire. The Victoria and Albert Museum held an exhibition of her work and the Duchess of Cornwall wore Westwood  at Ascot in 2009. Vivienne has twice won British Designer of the Year.

 Tom Ford

Tom was born in Texas. He has won numerous fashion awards. He turned Gucci's fortunes around before starting his own label in 2006. He is also a film director.

colour combinations were cleverly mixed

Barbara was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil and first learned dressmaking from her grandmother. Gwyneth Paltrow wears her clothes.

 super sporty clothes for Adidas

Stella's father is Beatle Paul. She is a vegetarian so her clothes never use fur or leather. She did lovely designs for London 2012 Olympic competitors.


Osman Yousefzada is the son of Afghan migrants. He is brilliant at draping materials. Sarah Brown and Alexandra Shulman, Vogue editor, wear his designs.