A breeding ground for punks, rioters and rebels from a myriad of different social casts throughout the ages, traversing the stoic and unrelenting landscape of London street style demands a spoon full of sugar and a stiff upper lip.
Not another brick in the wall, London has held its own as a future fashion vanguard since Twiggy shimmied onto the scene in a Biba zip fronted mini and calf-height boots. Now an international authority with the power to sway and subvert high fashion, LFW has long been regarded as a creative stage, generating designers that would set the course for 21st-century prêt à porter in their own weird and wonderful way.
Withstanding the aches and pains of life in a recession, British catwalks and kerbsides have continued to exceed expectations. Gutsy young guns and established fashion houses endeavoured to push the envelope with shock and awe tactics this season, steering a fuller fashion narrative into unexpected avenues. Working to embolden the diverse culture that stretches into the recesses of the city’s DNA, LFW was as much about the runway as it was the realway, with everyday citizens caught up in the maelstrom.
Tapping into fashion past, present and future, British street style is a shape-shifting spectre with more sartorial faces than the historical hydra. It’s pretty, it’s powerful and it has the ability to turn the tides of fashion forever. Packed with fighting spirit and endless attitude, LFW 17 was an unabashed blend of retro references and predictive statement pieces.
Taking the temperature from Brick Lane and beyond, the VAUGHAN girls are back from Britain and ready to spill the beans on what we witnessed.
Staying true to their undeniably dandy roots, LFW clothes horses stepped out in style in an en vogue melange of heavy metal eye-catchers and subtle layering techniques. Fusing the Brit’s love for fashion and function, this seemingly simple ensemble is a discreet game of hide n’ seek - with our flamboyant silk pussy bow blouse shirt worn over a thin cashmere turtleneck in a matching white shade.
The perfect mid-season style to wear over second skin base layers, our Cassie blouse style was in high supply at LFW, offering added drama to soft silks when worn under this structured motorcycling jacket.
A fast and furious design with a soft touch edge, its edgy metallic inlays tie beautifully into the eyelet accenting on these lightly flared denim jeans.
Worn with patent leather boots that hark back to the swinging 60s, heavy metal adornment was in overdrive as durable designs were given a practical profile with chains, links and embossed overtones highlighted on footwear and accessories like this ergonomic tote. Coupled with yellow-tinted aviator sunglasses, attendees and fashion aficionados pushed a figure-fooling agenda with efficient layers and basic pattern cutting – transformed by cast iron and forged metal detailing that renovated car boot classics into fashion high flyers.
Pictured: VAUGHAN Cassie puss bow silk blouse in Pure White, Harmony basic white crop top, HYEIN SEO jacket, Rejina Pyo denim trousers, Alexander Wang ankle boots, Tom Ford handbag, Alexander McQueen sunnies
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