Thursday, 23 February 2012

LFW A/W12: Going for gold

With London hosting the 2012 Olympics, the whole country seems to be in a sporty mood (a mood which I am adamantly trying to ignore) and this feeling seems to have inspired many of the fashion designers for LFW A/W12.

No need to panic, models weren't running down the catwalk in tracksuits accessorised with sweatbands, but there were subtle hints of the forthcoming festivities. Here's a quick run down...

Ashish A/W12
Ashish A/W12
Vivienne Westwood A/W12

There were sparkling sports tops with wordplay on them at Ashish this season. The pink and white striped 'Heaven 7' gave a whole new meaning to the player number that was made famous by David Beckham. Vivienne Westwood chose a rugby jersey, however, for her Red Label show. Both designers teamed the sports tops with clashing prints - such as floral or polka dots - and skirts. It seems you need to go overtly feminine to balance out the sports top.

Acne A/W12
Christopher Raeburn A/W12
Peter Pilotto A/W12

One of the clear trends this season was definitely bomber jackets - the puffier the better. Designers cinched them in at the waist for shape definition or styled them with dresses to add a touch of femininity to the look.

Antipodium A/W12
Christopher Raeburn A/W12
Ashish A/W12

Casual pieces hit the catwalk with a waterproof-esque pullover at Antipodium, a grey hoody at Christopher Raeburn and a sequined casual jacket at Ashish. Note that all of the looks were teamed with statement pieces to make the outfits more quirky than 'popping to the shops in your pyjamas'.

Roksanda Ilincic A/W12
Jonathon Saunders A/W12

Then there's the accessories. From the slouchy handbags reminiscent of gym bags at Roksanda Ilincic, to visors at Jonathon Saunders, it was clear that the sports inspiration has affected more than just the clothes. But don't start thinking of your bike as an accessory... don't be that person.

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