ECLECTIC ENGLISH ELEGANCE
Ah, London. The city never fails to excite and inspire me with each fashion season, and Fall/Winter 2016 was no exception. At London Fashion Week, we saw a return to youth and innocence wrapped up in an ethereal dreamscape that took the form of collections on the runway purveying luxury and comfort.
Burberry presented an electrifying tribute collection to the late performer David Bowie – more specifically, his Ziggy Stardust alter ego – with its psychedelic, graphic and androgynous influences.
At Alexander McQueen, creative director Sarah Burton indulged the dichotomy between daydreams and reality with a masterful collection that elevated it to the level of couture. It is this British knack for exploring extremes and disparate ideas, and then integrating them into historical reference points that makes London such a hotbed of creativity and talent.
Think of two of London’s fashion icons of the modern era, Kate Moss and Kate Middleton, and you will grasp the wonderfully exciting potential of the historic city. On the one hand, Kate Moss, with her rock ‘n’ roll spirit, reflects the city’s creative underside, and on the other, Kate Middleton, a classic English rose with aristocratic elegance, represents the democratic high street. Both inspire a generation of young women with their impeccable taste.
Kenneth Goh, editor-in-chief at Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore
Photo credits: Courtesy of Burberry and Alexander McQueen