Accessorize This: London Fashion Week Accessories Trends

Thursday, February 25, 2010


London Fashion Week: Accessories Trends Tread Lightly
by Denise Grayson

While in London for three out of the five fashion week days I saw an exciting mix of on and off schedule shows and presentations, independent showrooms representing brand new talent, as well as the latest collections of dozens of independent designers featuring in the exhibition - the newest addition to London’s fashion week attractions. Add to the already varied schedule special little treats that popped up here and there such as ‘guest stars’ flown in from New York - these Nicholas Kirkwood shoes for Rodarte with candle drip-effect heels which you have to touch to be convinced they’re actually plastic and not melted wax:

all images courtesy of Denise Grayson unless otherwise indicated

Now that the women’s collections are all wrapped up I can say with certainty that compared with the onslaught of gloves and socks both long and short on the New York runways, London was far more singular when it came to styling autumn’s new looks. And that’s to be expected of a host city that keeps its new blood fresh by transplanting its biggest and hottest in Paris, New York and Milan (though some seem to have a homing device as Matthew Williamson, Jonathan Saunders and Christopher Bailey have proved). In other words, the independents will do their own thing.

However, if there is one show in London to look to for new trends (or at least the preservation of current ones), it’s Burberry Prorsum. Christopher Bailey sent the message that he’s not about to let super thigh-high leather boots fall by the wayside just yet by pairing them with everything from parkas and oversize shearling coats to tailored military-style blazers with nothing else but slinky leggings. Burberry always shows great footwear and it didn’t end at the sexy boots. Statement making buckles were all over short and tall, bulky styles like some kind of chic ski boot:

images courtesy WWD.com

Cute little socks did have a presence at Orla Kiely - but then again, that was already her thing. The Irish print master and accessories queen took a more subtle approach to her signature stem print by embossing the design on patent messenger bags in cream, navy and black:

I believe the shoes are Topshop though I couldn’t confirm it at the presentation

The most stunning collection I saw was from Clements Ribeiro. It was beautifully ornate yet refined, feminine, day and evening wear. It was so much gorgeousness in one room, and then there were those boots! I had the opportunity to speak to the lovely Inacio Ribeiro for a moment and he confirmed that the beautiful sequin embellished boots were of their own design:


And then there were so many eye-catching, diverse accessories in the exhibition that I drained my batteries twice. Here are some of the highlights of what was on show:

Kirsty Ward’s neckpieces and earrings combine beads, chain and ribbon with plumbing parts

J.W. Anderson’s Saint + Assassin collection is about war-time romance

Felder Felder, who also showed their collection on the runway

Wooden handbags from Rocio

LeJu’s vegetable ivory bead accessories

Gwendolyn Carrie’s shoes made of fish skin!

Denise Grayson is our talented Accessories Editor and you can read more about her London Fashion Week adventures over at her blog, The Swelle Life.

24 comments:

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I loved the Burberry Collection although I think I will give the thigh high boots a miss!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Those Rodarte shoes - insane! Bailey is a genius - LOVE, love Burberry Prorsum.

Elizabeth Marie said...

Burberry Prorsum...Bailey knocked it out AGAIN. I die.

Susan said...

Bailey is a genius!
great post.
xoxo

janettaylor said...

Amazing post, D. Esp. love those shoes. :-)

Scientific Housewife said...

Wow, those shoes are crazy!

The Style Revolution said...

Love love the pics! Burberry is Rockin some serious ass

Couture Carrie said...

What fabulous accessories!
Especially loving the fierce boots at Burberry and those amazing Rodarte shoes!

xoxox,
CC

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

kristy ward's stuff needs to be mine!

sorry i keep missing EVERYTHING you set up. darn ivf. i hope this is it for us so i can live a happy, scheduled life. lol.

ox

Shop N' Chomp said...

Omg, the Burberry shoes are soo droolworthy...

Jaime said...

I guess over the knee boots are here to stay! :)

clarewbrown said...

I so want those Burberry boots! Those amazing Rodarte shoes are to die for!

Winnie said...

Ooooh great post. I loved those thigh highs, they looked awesome on the runway. Though I am so short that I would never be able to wear them...(not that I could ever even afford them)!

MT Days & Nights said...

Those leather over the knee boots are killer!!

Denise @ Swelle said...

Thanks for your lovely comments!

So, I'm sensing Christopher Bailey is a favourite?! It's great he's back in London, I never did quite understand Burberry Prorsum showing in Milan.

Denise,
Accessories Editor, Dream Sequins

Dream Sequins said...

Great job as always, Denise. I think we need a part 2... Maybe just gratuitous shots of shoes :) Please. Just for my sake.

fabulous finds said...

i agree...a part two is a must! great post...i guess the easier question would be...which shoes didn't i like? hot hot hot! loving it all...

WendyB said...

I'm always intrigued by fish skin.

jennine said...

holy moly, those shoes those shoes!

Pratishtha Durga said...

Burberry did a live webcast of their show. I think that's one of the most awesome strategies! I love their collection, though like "Looking Fab",I am not too kicked about the boots.

fashion herald said...

Oh, those Clements Ribeiro boots...and the thigh high Burberrys, wow, I want them!

The Beautiful and Glammed said...

ADORE everything from Burberry from the coats to the shearling to the fur to the killer thigh highs, amazing and Kirkwood shoes=swoon! We'll definitely be back, come follow us if you fancy! Have a fab weekend, woop! xxx

The Fancier said...

BURBERRY went to the top of my list for F/W 2010. I have loved every single one of their looks. Hmmm, to drain my bank account or not, that is question?
Wonderous photos!

MIG said...

The Nicholas Kirkwood shoes for Rodarte with the candle drip-effect are BANANA'S! lol Very creative. I will compare them to my late favorite designers shoes, the oh so talanted Alexander McQueen. Their amazing!

-MIG

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