LFW: Marios Schwab, Peter Pilotto and Osman

Marios Schwab - Runway: London Fashion Week SS14

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12:16 p.m. Marios Schwab

For his show, “Contours,” Marios Schwab looked to the technique of airbrushing for his spring inspiration. The first look expressed this best — a white tight dress with wishy-washed indigo blue stripes. Contouring is Schwab’s forte, best shown through dresses that  were wrapped around the body and fastened with oversized bronze staples. They counterbalanced the feminine cut of the dresses by adding some edge.  Schwab explored a more traditional femininity, too, with full-length embellished gowns in  lace, beading and Swarovski crystals. However, it was his denim pieces that made the biggest impression. Chloe Mac Donnell

FASHION-BRITAIN-PETER PILOTTO

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Peter Pilotto

Citing the drawings of L.A.-based artist Ken Price as their inspiration, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos sent out a collection where textures contrast, colors clash and there’s just a lot going on. Take the turquoise opening look for example: Cara Delevingne  wore a boyish paneled cropped jacket with a lacy A-line dress. Yet it’s the crisp white shirt that peeked out from underneath a large handful of the looks, melding everything perfectly together. After the cinematic show, the audience offered a deafening applause, and an hour or so later, it’s announced that the boys are the next to collaborate with Target. While we don’t see it possible to produce anything near to this level commercially, we can’t wait to see what they deliver. Alice tate

Osman - Runway: London Fashion Week SS14

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Osman

It’s coming to the end of the day and the show-goers are becoming testy like toddlers. The holistic, zen-like state that Osman Yousefzada has created in his modern-day incarnation of Indian palaces is the first check of the day for the former banker-turned-fashion designer from Birmingham. In fact, everybody seems to love Osman —  celebs like Beyonce, Kristen Stewart and Amber Heard have all fallen for his architectural cuts and clean lines. Anyway, to the clothes: Out come intricately embroidered tank tops and asymmetric hemlines on skirts and dresses, plus perfectly tailored high-waisted cropped trousers, mostly in white, navy and duck-egg blue. There’s bold color, too, with tangerine oranges, African-inspired acacia tree sunsets and dresses adorned with gold and silver cross-like constellations. It’s majestic. Richard Peckett

 


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