Our Fave Looks From Ben Sherman’s London Fashion Week AW ’17 Show

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London Fashion Week is off to a chic start, and Ben Sherman’s AW ’17 show is no exception. Sherman’s runway featured well-tailored suits in classic prints and colors, as well as a See Now Buy Now option – meaning his runway show is available for purchase now at BenSherman.com. While the show was fairly safe, you can’t get too upset when the vibes are classic Brit gentleman with youthful, reckless undertones (see: orange and black color-block turtleneck.)

Below, we’ve put together our favorite looks from the runway.

Before We Say Good-Bye: Fashion Month’s 13 Most Memorable Moments

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Fashion Week is the most ungodly of misnomers. After all, it is most definitely not a month. Just ask the jetlagged EICs who’ve been sprinting around Europe for four weeks straight on barely more than a few espressos. And yet! The marathon (literally, if you’re Karlie Kloss or Glamour’s Cindi Leive)  is coming to a close and everyone is heading back to their respective fashion capitols. And now, a real break has come. The madness won’t resume until September–that’s six whole months! Let’s all go to St. Barths!

Before you forget it ever happened, let’s recap the most unforgettable moments.

1. Kim Kardashian dyes her hair blonde, goes to great lengths to conceal it until debuting it at Balmain

Leave it to Kimmy K to try to be the center of attention at bestie, Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain show (her #frow seat clearly wasn’t enough). Note: this was a show in which practically every super walked, and Kim still stole it. Lest you think this was some coincidence, it was not. 

So close…but if you look closely! En route, Kardashian was almost meticulous enough to keep her tricks under wraps.

Obviously, many memes ensued:

  2. But then someone else showed up with a new platinum look too! Jared Leto + Kim’s hair = Style twins!! The guess is that, this, having left essentially no time for us to mourn the most epic man-bre there ever was, is in anticipation of his upcoming role as The Joker for 2016’s Suicide Squad film.

2. Lottie Moss makes her runway debut at Rykiel

A casting coup at Rykiel’s library inspired show.

3. Bella Hadid walks Tom Ford With Sister Gigi

 

Sister, Sister.

4. Poodles Steal the Show at VFILES

…And everyone bookmarked DI$COUNT UNIVER$E and poodles.

 

5. Givenchy’s Faux-Piercings and Gelled Baby Hair Stir Controversy

Not everyone was a fan of Riccardo Tisci’s “Victorian Chola Girl” inspired beauty look. Critics pointed out that the “high fashion” look was blatant cultural appropriation.

 

6. Snoop Dogg hit the runway for the Etam show

What’s a lingerie show without a musical guest!?

 

7. Taylor and Karlie sit #FROW at Oscar de la Renta

Vogue’s favorite fashionable besties made an appearance because two is chicer than one.

road tripping in Oscar. @taylorswift @karliekloss from @voguemagazine

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This is how we road trip too. 8. Ralph Lauren Melted Yeezy’s Steely Heart From his Style.com interview:

Ralph is the god. And that’s all I want to say about Ralph.

 

Ralph Lauren greets Kanye West backstage at the runway show this morning. #NYFW #regram @davidlauren A photo posted by Ralph Lauren (@ralphlauren) on

9. Chanel Made a Restaurant

Wonder what this cost…

 

10. Kanye Got a Do-Over

After two rather poorly-received attempts at design in Paris in 2011/2012, Kanye made a triumphant (mostly?) return, at NYFW–and Kylie got a moment in the sun/shoes of a model. Want a pair of Adidas Yeezy Boosts? Well you can’t have them…
Though 9000 of the sneakers were released to the public, even at $350 a pair, they, unsurprisingly, all sold out. If you are literally in major need of a Yeezy fix, hold tight, Adidas has plans to restock the shoe.

Read more about Yeezy’s super upscale Spanx here.

11. Peter Copping’s OdlR Debut

Hand-picked to work at de la Renta’s side before his passing last fall, Peter Copping stayed graceful in spite of the pressure, with a collection that felt elegant (like any OdlR one should) but refreshingly youthful. It felt like a fitting tribute (rather than a tired repetition) of the house’s trademark uptown style.

 

12. Alessandro Michele Takes the Helm at Gucci

Alessandro Michele’s debut marked a significant break from Friday Giannini’s Gucci. Romantic, eccentric, unkempt, a touch of geek chic, and maybe most notably, those furry hairy shoes. Is it what the Gucci execs were hoping for to boost sales–who knows? But the the internet loved it, and in 2015, that counts…for something.

 

13. …and of course Zoolander 2 Hits Up Valentino!

In a brilliant cross-promotional stunt, the upcoming Zoolander 2 movie and Valentino pulled off the ultimate runway show stunt. Even if you don’t follow fashion at all, odds are you caught Derek Zoolander and Hansel’s Valentino runway walk-off.

More here, (and trust, the more, the better). 

 

PEACE OUT, ‘TIL SEPTEMBER!

Insta-Critic: Anya Hindmarch Takes Street Style Super Literally

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The Anya Hindmarch runway was inspired by the busy streets of London and the signs urban dwellers depend on to make their daily lives happen. “There is something about being on the M25 with a clear road and combination of lights, reflective surfaces… I love the iconic graphic signage with its purity and efficiency of message,” said Hindmarch’s show notes. Bags (and fur vests) emblazoned with arrows and small clutches reading (or reminding) us to “Slow Down,” or, my personal favorite: “Queues Likely.” To top it all off, as the show came to a close, the runway was filled by the London Gay Men’s Chorus, who performed in full-neon-orange-traffic-guard garb.

A coat that speaks volumes… #AnyaAW15 #AnyaHindmarch @jess_stam

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The chorus performs at Anya Hindmarch.

Models in traffic light formation.

@jess_stam sporting the Emergency Exit bomber coat, available to preorder now #AnyaHindmarch #AnyaAW15

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Jessica Stam takes the runway.

No mobile phones backstage please #regram @incaevent #AnyaHindmarch #AnyaAW15

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A barrage of signage.

Insta-Critic: Jane Fonda x Hip Hop at Ashish

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Designer Ashish Gupta always mixes high and low, injecting evening glam into streetwear pieces. This morning’s show at London Fashion Week took inspiration from American Hip Hop and 70s film icon Jane Fonda, blurring the line between downtown and dressed up once again. Hyper-detailed patchworks of studded bleached denim, camo, leopard print, and fur showed up on everything from baggy parkas to wide-leg pants. Topping off nearly every look were those showstopping kinky boots Instagram can’t stop posting: red patent leather, lace-up thigh highs.

Opening look at #Ashish was RiRi style red thigh high boots n bloomers. #LFW

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The patent leather boots at Ashish

#ashish #lfw #aw2015

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Wide-leg pants

Ashish #ashish #fashioneditor #stylistsecrets @oddamagazine #lfw

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Tracksuit inspiration

Sexy red lips and camouflage nail art at #Ashish #backstagebeauty

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Red lips and camo nails

Insta-Critic: All The Cool Girls Wear Marques’Almeida

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Marta Maquez and Paulo Almeida, the duo (and Central Saint Martins alums) behind Marques’Almeida, seem to be perpetually in sync with the pulse of the street. Hardly a piece walked down the runway that I couldn’t imagine winning a NYmag’s The Cut streetstyle award, like, today. Keeping what works, the collection featured a large amount of the frayed denim the pair gained recognition with. The hair was long, limp, and stringy, in that DGAF way. Add in of-the-moment fluorescent fluffy furs and the tightly wrapped neck-scarves–appropriate for the arctic tundra we currently live in–and the whole collection read like the outfit the girl at school you always wanted to be would wear.

 Calling it: #LFW makes brocade a trend.

The new slit-and-strap denim to covet from #MarquesAlmeida. #LFW A photo posted by WWD (@wwd) on

Impressed with MA’s ability to remix our favorite staple fabric.

A medley of metallic brocades.

@marques_almeida AW15 – What’s really nice about Marques’ Almeida is that they have found a signature that really works for them and rather than worry about reinventing themselves season after season, they instead riff on it, evolving what they’re known for. So the denim was here, the frayed edges, the slouch, organza and mono colour looks. But this time it felt a little more savage, as though, in some looks, somebody or something had attempted to rip the clothes from the body. Shoulders were torn. There was brocade patchwork too. Bustiers and raw skirts in pink, green and blue embroidered with gold. They were also worn with wide legged, slouchy trousers which was very reminiscent of Aaliyah. As were the flares, with splits that curved around the leg. They looked to Frida Kahlo and Christian Lacroix, as well Juergen Teller’s Go-Sees for inspiration. Let’s call it a savaged view of the nineties. #MarquesAlmeida #LFW

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90s grunge play.

Insta-Critic: Sunday at #LFW Goes From British Tradition to Pop-Art Brights

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Photo: @marykatrantzou on Instagram

Took the weekend off your #LFW watch? Allow us to help you catch up. Here are the highlights from Sunday at London Fashion Week, courtesy of Instagram.

Jonathan Saunders

Saunders returned to his trademark aesthetic, using bold colors, and graphic patterns on clean 60s-inspired shapes and knee-length box-pleated skirts.

Rainbow deeeeeeelight @saundersstudio

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Graphic pattern play at Saunders

Belstaff

The timeless British heritage brand took its influence from Amelia Earhart (who wore the label way back when). The androgynous collection featured masculine cuts and fluid fabrics. Things were kept cozy and comfortable with plenty of fur and wool.

Thanks to all who attended our #LFW #AW15 womenswear presentation #BelstaffWoman #BelstaffLive #FreeSpirit

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Flight-friendly, borrowed-from-the-boys tailoring

Sophia Webster

Webster updated her butterfly wing sandals in techno bright colors for fall. The queen of chic kitsch entitled her collection “Freak Like Me,” and it featured disco-ball glitter booties, racing-flag motifs, and these boots!

Bossy boots @sophiawebster

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Bossy boots at the kitschy Sophia Webster presentation

Mary Katrantzou

Katrantzou’s collection was full on patterns. She showed richly-textured dresses and coats in brocade prints, packing detail into every last square inch of her design. Completing the look? Scary doll makeup and egg-crate-esque clutches with lego-esque pyramid details.

The ultimate it-bag?

Mulberry

Mulberry got luxe with weighty fabrics like hand-painted wool and fused calf hair. The look was young but glam with embossed effects on coats that gave a nod to the label’s British heritage.

Embossed detailing at Mulberry

TopShop Unique

The TopShop Unique runway show brought out the #frow of the day: Daisy Lowe, Alexa Chung, Kendall Jenner, and Cara Delevingne sat front row to catch the Tate Britain show.

#TopShopUnique

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The #frow at Topshop Unique

Insta-Critic: Saturday in London, The Kookier Side of FW

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Photo: @utopia_electro on Instagram

While you were at brunch this weekend, a host of England’s fashion finest sent their new collections down the runway. A new week has begun (Monday, groan) so let’s make it a little brighter with some exciting fashion from across the pond.

Sibling

Sibling’s collection, simply called “Woman,” was full of Debbie Harry references (complete with tufted black mohawks) and neon-colored fair isle.

Electric fair isle    

Efforts capillaires punk chez Sibling #LFW #FW1516 @cozettemc #siblinglondon A photo posted by Printemps Official (@printempsofficial) on

   

The next big hair accessory.

J.W. Anderson

An all-out homage to the 80s in a season where the 70s have reigned supreme. Think kooky color combos (even Christmassy red and green), oversized suedes, slightly bigger shoulders–and even a wolf sweater.

JWANDERSON AW15

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The good news is you can get this look for less if you go vintage.

Simone Rocha A luxe collection in print and texture, Rocha’s clothes were heavy on blacks and velvets with rich brocade (a bolder print which has been popping up around LFW).    

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Fit for a modern-day queen.

House of Holland

Always one to make some noise, Henry Holland put his models on a conveyor belt–no walk necessary. The collection was unsurprisingly bright–filled with clashing tartans and brightly striped shearling.

Tartans on the moving walkway.

Gareth Pugh A darkly patriotic collection, Pugh sent a collection that marked his tenth year, filled with dark black drama (think a Mongolian lambswool coat), chains, and most notably, St. George’s cross, red, and painted onto each model’s face.    

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The full effect. 

Insta-Critic: Peter Pilotto’s Board Game Confection

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The Peter Pilotto show was, as one might expect from the quirky label, an electric cocktail of color and print. Some of the colorful patterns were placed atop stark white backgrounds which gave the impression of the clothes as like canvases for modern art. Pilotto’s playful use of color gave the collection a delightful, child-like feel– appropriate given that board games were cited as an inspiration.

Psychedelic Pilotto prints @peterpilotto #LFW

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Another show for kaleidoscopic colors  

 

 

Hot color (or is it colour?) at Peter Pilotto @peterpilotto London continues to love strong shapes and even stronger color

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Draping skirts with pops of neon

Insta-Critic: Graphic Dresses at Christopher Kane

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Christopher Kane’s Autumn/Winter 2014 show was inspired by the human form. How else to account for the all of those naked bodies cut out of lace and wrapped into dresses? Kane added other unexpected touches as well: velvet black profiles and metallic purple thunderbolts decorated the clothes with artful details, while a fresh crop of unexpectedly prim it-bags accessorized most looks, lending some architectural heft to a collection big on flowy fabrics.


The accessory game at Christopher Kane

Lovers lace @christopherkanestudio

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Figures in lace

Velvet underground @christopherkanestudio

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Dress profile

Detalles en la colección #FW15 de @christopherkanestudio, presentada hoy durante #LFW. #Repost #christopherkane

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Lightening bolt detail