Yesterday, the curtains came down on London Fashion Week, and before we fly to Milan, we take a look back at major highlights that took place in the English capital. To begin, we remind you that the new fashion platform that caters directly to consumers now includes Burberry as a member. Meanwhile, Charlotte Olympia showcased her first catwalk show under the traditional format. In the slides ahead, we sum up the top stories from LFW Fall 2016.
LFW Fall 2016 Recap: Highlights from Alexander McQueen, Charlotte Olympia, Burberry, and More
Natalie Massenet Named Dame
On the first day of London Fashion Week, Natalie Massenet, founder and former executive chairman of Net-A-Porter Group, was granted the prestigious title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The entrepreneur and chairman of the British Fashion Council, who recently launched her new company called Imaginary Ventures Ltd., made Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honors list and was awarded with the title at Buckingham Palace by the Prince of Wales in recognition of her work in the fashion industry and her contributions to the British economy.
Alexander McQueen’s Homecoming
Creative director Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen took the British brand back to its roots and showcased at London Fashion Week following 15 years of presenting on the Paris Fashion Week calendar. For Fall 2016, Burton delivered an ultra-feminine collection laced with sheer dresses and leather outerwear pieces featuring whimsical butterfly motifs, beaded cape gowns, and feather embellished silhouettes.
Charlotte Olympia Debuts on the Runway
Charlotte Dellal, the designer behind the footwear and accessories label Charlotte Olympia, showcased her first runway show during London Fashion Week. Models walked the catwalk in an all-black lineup styled with the designer’s collection of glitter-finish platform heels, printed thigh-high boots, over-the-knee multi-strap pumps, and Perspex clutches that nodded to retro sci-fi.
After a two-year runway hiatus, Mulberryreturned to the LFW schedule under the house’s new creative director Johnny Coca. The former accessories director at Céline presented new handbag renditions for the British brand known for its leather goods collections, which consisted of chain handled satchels, over-sized totes, and beaded sacks that were styled with a ready-to-wear collection predominately made up of tailored coats and capes.
Burberry Bids Farewell to the Traditional Fashion Show Format
Jumping onboard the new direct-to-consumer platform, the Burberry Fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection, which paid homage to David Bowie, marked the last showcase to follow the traditional fashion show format. Moving forward, the British heritage brand will present menswear and womenswear collections together on the catwalk twice yearly, which will be available in boutiques immediately after the show.