Leave it to London to really get the ball rolling when it comes to fantastical, covetable and overall completely original collections that are not only going to expand our must-have lists exponentially, but are also certain to inspire our sartorial wishes and desires for this upcoming season to come.
Here’s a look at our favorite collections from London for Spring/Summer 2012.
Call it his most wearable collection to date if you may, but there was nothing saccharine nor overt about Christopher Kane’s light femininity for Spring. Instead Kane, never one to compromise his sci-fi sensibilities, whipped up a dreamy, graphic alternative to the heavy floral summer dresses we’ve seen elsewhere this season.
Frothy dresses covered with witty floral collage patches and watery prints were made angular with space-age cut-outs and folds that made for special day dresses full of ease and subtle provocation.
After more than a decade in the denim business it’s now safe to say that Acne is one of the few denim/street-wear lines to safely reposition itself as a top tier ready-to-wear firm after many on-the-mark seasons as of late.
What made Spring 2012 a winner, besides the achingly hip update on the moto pant that we saw here was the collections overall sophisticatedly cool take on sportswear minded separates.
From cropped wide-legged karate pants with a sports bent in ochre to the caftans with graphic pops of bold neons edging them, there was literally something new for everyone to update their wardrobes with and that alone makes Acne a rising star in the reality friendly category as we’re sure to see these pieces on chicsters of all types the world over.
While we are all about realistic, can-do chic, the divine couture-like execution of Meadham Kirchoff’s latest collection with their mythical grunge heroine gone Harajuku mad made for a delightfully manic outing full of the kind of over the top fantasy and dazzling candy-colored exuberance one needs to encounter every so often to celebrate the joy and possible theatricality of fashion at large.
A range of cool blues opened Nicoll’s latest outing and made for a soothing starting point for a collection that calmly hit upon eras as diverse as the roaring 20’s and the futuristic swinging 60’s by way of a plethora of completely wearable never the less whimsical dresses, tunics and maxi slip dresses that were decorated and made unique via hooped hems, elements of plastic and heavy stripes of tonal ruffles.