In a rainy and cold week, London seemed to have a case of the blues with strong turquoise, cobalt and aqua prominent among the off-stage accessories sported by the fashionistas and blogging wannabes posing outside venues.
Colour blocking is still a big story, with our very own Anya Hindmarch giving it a new flick of the wrist with a clever, Rubik’s cube inspired collection featuring panels of coloured squares in homage to the retro puzzle. The humorous, statement bag was further mined at Sophia Webster with speech-bubble shaped clutches sporting wise-cracks such as “To die for” and “Talk is cheap”.
Structured bags and boxy over-sized totes continue to dominate some collections, opening the show in blush and black at Christopher Kane.
We warmed to the home-spun, punky feel of newcomer Carianne Moore’s bowlers and backpacks with crackle-paint and over-stitched edges - a DIY aesthetic that chimes well with the Designer Course ethos (see the Leather Fashion Accessories weekend).
The showcase from the latest clutch of MA graduates at LCF Fashion Artefact is usually a strong showing of artisan ingenuity and leather-love. Our favourites this year were Thais Cipoletta with her articulated spine-like strap structures and immaculate hand-stitching, and the delicate copper and artex colour story by Gaia Marcattilj - check out the whole crop at Showtime.