Day three at London Fashion Week was dominated by big names, including Burberry and Victoria Beckham.
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Following a strong showing from new talent and young creativity on day one and day two of London Fashion Week, day three hosted shows from some of the biggest names in British fashion. Riccardo Tisci’s second collection for Burberry was undoubtedly the day’s headline act, but Victoria Beckham’s chic and sophisticated show at Tate Britain, and Vivienne Westwood’s rousing catwalk – part protest, part fashion show – both garnered significant buzz from the fashion crowds.
The creativity that characterises London’s designers remained strong, and there were eclectic, engaging collections. The day kicked off in an unusual fashion, as Natasha Zinko showcased her autumn 19 collection among the racks of the Next store on London’s Oxford Street – the womenswear brand is the latest collaborator in Next’s Label/Mix project.
At Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, the design duo showed a collection inspired by the culture of traditional British dances – from morris dancing to the Charleston, and Ashish offered a glistening collection featuring glimmering crochet-effect garments, created from his signature intensely sequinned fabrics.
Young talent took centre stage at the Fashion East show, where Charlotte Knowles, Yuhan Wang and Gareth Wrighton presented their collections. Highlights included Wrighton’s dystopian countryside knits and Wang’s flouncing, frilled dresses.
Neon brights and heritage inspirations remained strong trends, and a predilection for dramatic feathered accents emerged as an opulent, party-ready favourite.
Ida Peteon, womenswear buying director for luxury retailer Browns, shares her highlights from a varied day of shows.
Why do you attend LFW?
London showcases the new generation better than any other city, and, as it’s a category very close to my heart, it is always exciting to be here.
Are there any LFW brands that currently perform well for you?
Our customers are always excited to see what the new talents are up to and, over the years, a few of the more established ones have built up a very loyal following at Browns.
What are you looking for in the LFW shows this season?
We are constantly on the lookout for new talent in London. Category is not important – it’s all about energy and having a unique voice.
How was today at LFW and LFW so far?
It’s been a great one so far. Asai, Ashley, Simone [Rocha] and Molly [Goddard] have been some of my favourites.
What collections stood out from today?
Wales Bonner was the absolute highlight of my day, followed by Ashish, but it was a strong day all around. Very dangerous for my bank account as my personal shopping list for autumn 19 is growing longer by the hour.
Are there any trends or must-buys emerging from the collections so far?
Tailoring is continuing to reign supreme, but I’m also loving this arts and crafts vibe that we first spotted during men’s, and that’s continued through the New York show and into London.
How was New York and what shows are you looking forward to in Paris and Milan?
New York felt more energetic this time. Sies Marjan is always a highlight for me and Marc Jacobs was a great surprise – so strong. In Milan, I’m mostly looking forward to Bottega Veneta and [Central Saint Martin’s graduate] Daniel Lee’s debut show at the brand, but of course it’s great to see Gucci back on the home ground and Moncler Genius is a must.
London Fashion Week: day three, buyer diary