With Stella McCartney and McQ (Alexander McQueen’s diffusion line) opting to show in London this season instead of their previously favoured Paris, it looked like the schedule that has previously been dominated by Burberry and Christopher Kane was seriously heating up.
The McQ show was the first ever for the diffusion line and didn’t disappoint. Powdered models stomped powerfully down the autumnal leaf-covered catwalk wrapped in Black Watch tartan, with the same dark, powerful beauty of its mother label – albeit at a much more affordable price!
Stella McCartney was the stuff of fashion legend. Starting with a formal, intimate vegetarian dinner with an impressive guest list to boot (think Rihanna, Kate Moss, Jasmin Le Bon and Mario Testino), by the end of the evening Alexa Chung was being hypnotised on stage, a Stella-dressed model started screaming and next thing you know and a mob of ballet-trained models and waiters were dancing on the tables in the new collection – we kid you not.
With this in mind, Burberry had a lot to live up to. The bar had been raised to a completely different level. So how did it compete? By making it rain, of course! The show started out as a perfect mix of English countryside meets city-chic. Muddy, earthy tones were everywhere, as were tweed jackets and fitted pencil skirts with peplums bulging at the hip. Cute owl-motif knits peeked out from underneath, but were kept in place with heavy velvet bowed belts. And the finale? The models poured out for their final lap holding huge striped umbrellas to shield them against the man-made heavy downpour that fell onto the roof above. How very English.
But with Milan already heating up with the likes of Gucci showcasing dark, decedent and delicious glamour and Alberta Ferretti’s strict tailoring, we can’t wait to see what else is in store for the Italian set. Be sure to check back here next week for further goss.