London Fashion Week 2019
The five-day showcase is the second of February’s big international fashion weeks, which are held in New York, Paris and Milan.
Focusing on what London has to offer, we take a look at trends for 2019 set to influence Heathfield & Co’s expert lighting designers. Below is our edit of the highlights straight from the runway, including our acknowledgement of one of fashions greatest – to quote Karl — ‘continuing to embrace the present and invent the future.’”
Orange is not traditionally worn with raspberry, nor caramel with tangerine, but they make perfect sense to designer Roksanda Ilinčić. Hosted by the old Selfridges hotel where models walked on a catwalk covered in sand, the designer said “We live in a world of crazy contrast, “We all feel that, I think, and it creates a lot of anxiety.”
Ilinčić begins each collection by sifting through her “precious box of colours – swatches of fabrics, images from books, postcards” – finding beauty in the crazy contrasts. “I like putting together colours that are not supposed to go together,” she said. Creating a stand-out backdrop to parade these key pieces, london based art trio Troika were commissioned to create shafts of coloured light across the catwalk, setting an artificial infinite loop of infinitely shifting colours inspired by sunset and sunrise. Bright, bold and beautiful.
Richard malone has placed sustainability right at the forefront of his vision. Sculptural silhouettes expanded into new fabrics and shades, with pure class and elegance. A jewel toned palette adorned the catwalk featuring impeccable tailoring formed from Taroni silks, the look was luxurious and thoroughly wearable.
Modern, pared-back tailoring was a prominent trend across the catwalk.
Beige is the new black
Anyone who was anyone at LFW this year was wearing beige. A creamy palette of neutral tones and caramel shades washed over the London catwalks, gathering pace from the New York collections. From camel to caramel, it was the shade to be seen in on the front row. Additionally, pastel shades were in abundance, making their mark for AW19 in the shows of Molly Goddard, and JW Anderson.
Several London designers defied our challenging times via the escapism of grand and decadent dresses. Nodding to an aristocratic historical past, highly embellished ball gowns decorated with frills and ruffles dominated the show. Mary Katrantzou’s 10th anniversary collection brought all the feathers, over the top bows and wallpaper florals for this dramatic showcase.
Karl Lagerfeld passed away aged 85 in Paris, on the 19th of February, having begun his fashion career in 1955 as an assistant to Pierre Balmain. He was one of the most prolific and celebrated fashion designers of all time, heading up some of the biggest fashion houses in the world, including Fendi, Chanel and his own ‘namesake label – all three of which’ he acted as creative director until his death.
“Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of Chanel’s success throughout the world,” – Alain Wertheimer, Chanel’s CEO.