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The Key Moments From Fashion Week Season

Bitterly cold as always, February fashion month has added a little heat to this most wintery of months. From the best shows to the Queen’s dominating appearance on the FROW during LFW, here are the key moments from this fashion week season…

Christopher Bailey's Burberry Curtain Call
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february fashion month
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After 17 years at the helm of one of Britain’s most beloved design houses, Burberry, this LFW marked the last collection for the creative director Christopher Bailey. In a truly joyous show, there was a sense of freedom in this collection. It was a celebration of design, British style and the LGBTQ+ community. With this, rainbows danced along the runway to a soundtrack that felt apt for the farewell festival that this collection was for Bailey. He will now be turning his attention, for the time being at least, to his family but who knows to what or to whom he may next turn his design talents to…

The Highlight Looks From The FROW
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Across each fashion week from New York to Paris, the looks from the FROW always enhance the all-encompassing experience that is February fashion month. At the beautiful Salvatore Ferragamo show, actresses Virginia Gardner, Danai Gurira and Shailene Woodley offered a masterclass in dressing for the FROW, sporting sleek ensembles which matched those on the runway. Throughout the month, there were a plethora of stunning looks on the FROW which, as always, perfectly encapsulated personal style and occasion-dressing.

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Gucci Goes Clinical
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Gucci was perhaps one of the most iconic shows of the whole month, breaking the internet with its exploration into frankenstein fantasy. As a reference to superhuman transformations, this show was full of theatrics all situated quite wonderfully in operating theatres. The model carrying a perfect replica of her own head instantly became a sensation, whilst a Game of Thrones inspired dragon also graced the runway, set against a medieval-esque bejewelled suit. What is for certain is that, this was a show continued Gucci’s unique edge.

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The Met Gala's Holy Announcement
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Between Milan and Paris fashion weeks, the announcement of the theme for this years Met Gala meant that the fashion world had a mini-séjour in Rome. In the breath-taking Palazzo Colonna, Anna Wintour, along with Donatella Versace and the Vatican culture minister Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, revealed that the inspiration surrounding this year’s Met Gala is fashion and Catholicism. This links to the new Met exhibition with the same title: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Through an exploration into how Catholic traditions have influenced the path of fashion from the sacred embroidered white silk cape of Pope Benedict XV’s to pieces by Coco Chanel who was educated by nuns, this will be one of the Met Gala’s most controversial of themes. It will certainly be a difficult reference to traverse for the stars’ red carpet entrance come the first Monday in May.

The Queen Becomes A High Fashion Favourite
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If Anna Wintour’s February fashion month was not unusual enough, during LFW she had the honour of sitting next to our Queen on the FROW of designer Richard Quinn. In a demure duck-egg blue skirt suit, she stole the show and the hearts of fashion’s own royalty. Her appearance was in conjunction with presenting Quinn, who is known for his bold prints, with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. It was yet another moment in which Britain’s cultural heritage was married with modern design – no one embodying institution and innovation better than Her Royal Highness herself.

Dior Celebrates The Youthquake
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february fashion month
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The Dior show this season at PFW celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the youth revolts of 1968. Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri hoped to highlight the continuing relevance of the fight which started so long ago. In turn, she presented 60s inspired unisex pieces, militant leather suits juxtaposed against soft chiffons and thick knits that simply said ‘non.’ It was a cohesive collection with a historical thematic thread which appeared particularly pertinent to the world in which we inhabit today. The overriding feeling however was one of solidarity, power, and youthfulness.

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february fashion month
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The Best Street Style Moments
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This fashion week season’s street style has, as always, showcased the best of personal style. Colour was embraced in the sleekest of ways, reflecting the palettes which were reigning on the catwalk. It was the cherry on top of the fashion festival. In fact, the original queen of street style, Anna Dello Russo, also held a charity auction of pieces from her wardrobe for the British Fashion Council. It was a gala of the creativity that is street style dressing.

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Three Of The Biggest Trends For AW18
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The oversized bag is, quite literally, one of the biggest trends this season. From Victoria Beckham, to Marni, and to Tod’s, designers across all four cities seemed to be embracing the idea of practicality by creating accessories which offered a woman freedom day to day.

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There was no trend more prevalent on the runway than the ‘good coat’. There was a version for every woman, in terms of cut, fabric and colour. Alberta Ferretti ticked the cape trend with this stunning fur-trimmed tobacco number, whereas Delpozo opted for an architectural twist on a 50s classic. Burberry, however, had the best offerings including this thick rust-red tapestry ankle-grazer. Certainly, AW18 will be the season with the very best of outerwear.

 

Lastly, the takeaway from February fashion month for AW18: colour. With every shade from sunshine yellow and icy-blues to vibrant reds included, a varied and joyous colour palette seeped into the designs for next season. There was a remarkable accessibility to the pieces however which will mean that they will slot into your wardrobe with ease, in the process offering a sublime brightness everyday.

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february fashion month
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february fashion month
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