London Fashion Week has officially drawn to a close, farewelling thousands of well-dressed guests, and closing the doors on its new home at The Store Studios. The 65th anniversary of the festival, this year’s display was host to 51 catwalk shows, each one as inspiring as the last.
The birthplace of some of the most-celebrated names in fashion – Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, L.K. Bennett – London treated guests to a show schedule that highlighted the innovative and diverse nature of Britain’s fashion industry at large, showcasing 120 designers from both the UK and abroad.
It was UK-born Anya Hindmarch, though – the first accessories designer to hold an on-schedule London Fashion Week show – who transported audiences to another world completely. Never one for displaying her collections in ways that have “been done”, Hindmarch took her Autumn Winter production to an entirely new level – or rather, an entirely novel altitude. Because why have a runway when you can have a mountain?
On a set as bespoke as her custom-made handbags, Hindmarch had her own winter wonderland made-to-order, debuting her collection on man-made, luminescent slopes. Part fashion show, part fairy tale, the perfectly choreographed spectacle featured cashmere hotpants, oversized fur stoles, and bright nylon anoraks.
It began with one model toting her purple leather messenger bag up the runway-slope – wearing hotpants, sandals with socks, and a baby-pink fur-collared cape. Look number two was debuted at the runway’s peak, as a model descended the runway wearing a boxy waist-length coat and orange woollen playsuit, with a burgundy link-strapped suede messenger cradled at her side. From then on the models continued coming around the mountain, walking up and down its luminescent surface as if gliding on moon-kissed ice.
In the words of the designer herself, Anya Hindmarch’s Autumn Winter 2017 collection was an exploration of the contrast between the romanticised notion of winter and wanderlust, as well as the darker motifs found in Old Norse folklore. Honouring the brand’s commitment to reconnecting the craftsman with the customer, the journey was taken “through modern interpretations of traditional leather and craft techniques, including Scandinavian Kurbits and complex hand-woven leatherwork.”
What eventuated was an enchanting display of artful design, as hypnotic as it was high fashion. From shearling slider slippers, to avant-garde earmuffs, to leather strap detailing on handbags reminiscent of paper chains, the show was the perfect combination of the bizarre and the beautiful – a reminder that fashion is what you make it in your own winter wonderland.
If there’s one thing we can learn from Anya Hindmarch, it’s that accessories can be, when chosen well, a true art form. To help you curate your shoes and handbags for the season ahead, our buyers have gathered their top London fashion picks.
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Take your style to the edge with the Twin Skull Chain Bag from Alexander McQueen. Crafted in Italy from genuine leather, this piece features a metallic chain strap and twin skull statement pendants.
Defined with a platform sole, these statement sneakers from Alexander McQueen is adorned with all over glitter and finished with a neat lace up fastening.
ANYA HINDMARCH Georgiana Space Invader Clutch
Simple yet offering statement style, this large Georgiana Space Invader clutch is made with genuine soft suede leather. Depicting space invader crystal graphics, and finished with handmade leather pom pom, this clutch offers a surprisingly roomy design. The perfect companion for your next special occasion.
STELLA MCCARTNEY Elise Platform Lace Up With Stars
Make a serious style statement with the Elise lace up brogues from Stella McCartney. These brogue-sneaker hybrids boast a high shine metallic upper with scattered stars and a contrasting wedge platform sole with oversized tread detailing.
STELLA MCCARTNEY Falabella 3 Chain Bag
The Falabella 3 chain bag by Stella McCartney is sure to make a statement. Featuring a distinctive shimmer grain in the fabric and a chunky silver chain as the handle, this bag will turn heads.