London Fashion Week: Flowers and Other Shocking Spring Trends

In the time between New York Fashion Week and Milan Fashion Week, we have this thing called London Fashion Week.  It’s a brief five days of stories about powerhouses like Burberry, with the obligatory references to accessible brands like Topshop and the occasional shoutout to high-street fashion brands like Whistles.

But it’s a blink-and-you-miss-it affair.  So…what did we learn from those five days this season?

Burberry killed it as usual.

burberry london fashion week spring 2014

Macaroon pastels and falling flower petals made for an unabashed display of all things spring at the British fashion house’s show.

Christopher Kane and Matthew Williamson were lovely as usual.

Christopher Kane Fashion Week Spring 2014

Dreamy and abstract floral prints met up with straight-to-the point graphics (I’ll kill a person for the mint sweater labeled simply “flower”).  Gotta respect Christopher Kane’s ironic nod to the requisite floral trend of spring, particularly the sweater displaying the anatomy of a flower.

Matthew Williamson london fashion week

Matthew Williamson produced a line that is distinctly feminine and classic, yet interesting.

J.W. Anderson was geometric as usual.

J.W. Anderson - Runway: London Fashion Week SS14

Angles and midrift and uniqueness abound.

Topshop Unique tried very hard to be high fashion, as usual.

Unique: London Fashion Week SS14

I don’t know how I feel about fringe.

Everything was very sparkly.

julien macdonald london fashion week

And florals were, like, huge.

Maybe it’s patriotism influencing my sartorial bias, but if more than 50% of the articles I read on London Fashion Week highlighted floral as a trend for spring, it’s difficult to fight the urge to be dismissive.

It’s not that London Fashion Week doesn’t rock (anyone’s better than L.A., guys!), and it certainly does seem to be a place for emerging brands and designers, but I’m hesitant to agree with the opinion of some that native big names like Stella McCartney are going to be showing there again in the very near future, McCartney’s Adidas line aside.

Not to say I wouldn’t have killed to be there to take it in myself, because, duh.

(Author’s note: I love florals and I love London and I’m going to go drink a Well’s Banana Bread beer now.  Go Britain!  Or something).

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