Part I here
Is it just me or did this show feel a little more like a spring showing than an autumn one (safe for the closing poncho on miss Delevigne?). Never mind, it was pretty gorgeous regardless -- plus, I am the first one to always drivel on about how stupid season rules are, well, stupid. There was such an artsy, boho vibe to the pieces thanks to delicate hand-painted trench coats and accessories, as well breezy fabrics and silky scarves. Talk about innovating and giving their quintessential garment a whole new life. It was chic and sexy, but in a floaty, airy kind of way. It almost felt more Parisian than British. Sorry, is that blasphemous? My bad.
Giles Deacon's designs are not for the shrinking violet, he's established that from the beginning. He digs ornamentation and as critics will attest, he does it pretty masterfully. His fall offerings ran the gamut in terms of variety of pieces and the occasions for which to wear them. There were tons of separates this time around, with quilted leather slacks in a bevy of color schemes being particularly strong. In short, this Giles collection had more street cred than his past endeavors.
Fresh off the heels of his Target collaboration, Peter Pilotto's brand awareness is climbing up the charts and certainly, he is looking to keep the momentum going. Known for their exuberant prints, the guys behind the label introduced embroidery as another means this time around. Geometry is a very recurring theme this season and the Pilotto woman will have ample choice if she's into parading in abstract cubism prints.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Preen, Preen, Preen. This label's following is akin to cult-like and in the eyes of the believers, they can do no wrong. This time, however, their collection is sure to be polarizing. Preen is the second label this season to draw literal inspiration from the ultimate sci-fi cinematic masterpiece: none other than Star Wars itself. Some of the dresses had actual images of the characters plastered on the from of them, while others were just whimsical and pretty. The use of the color red here (yet another big trend this season) was very successful, especially on the monochrome looks. It was clear that the force was with the Thornton-Bregazzi duo.
Pringle of Scotland
Pringle is one of those classic labels that you know will be consistent in giving you what you expect from them, season after season. They always do such a good job with knitwear and this year they cranked it up a notch by recruiting the help of an architect to ensure the creation of next-level, innovative weaving. The results are quite sumptuous and yet the opposite of ostentatious: good taste is the main artery of this brand and it shall stick to it.