Whether you've been following the designer since his Givenchy days, or you just discovered him via Strictly Come Dancing, you'll love this look back at the best of Julien Macdonald. When he's not learning the rumba, shouting at wannabe models or designing multiple diffusion lines for Debenhams, the Welsh wonder creates amazing evening gowns, luxurious outerwear, and hundreds of perfect party dresses for his main line collection. As we recover London Fashion Week and look forward to the next collection from the king of bling, we take a look back over a decade of Julien Macdonald creations. Get ready for a lot of sparkle!
Was the epic nature of Fashion Month a bit too much for you? If you found your attention waning as we moved from New York to London, Milan, and Paris, you have a lot to catch up on! Luckily, help is at hand. We've condensed the whole month down to 100 outfits, which give you a taste of what is to come from Spring 2014. We've already brought you trend reports and full collections, but these 100 outfits were chosen especially to represent the good and the great of the Spring 2014 shows, from Chanel to Christopher Kane and everything in between!
Fashion Month has finally come to a close. And while we're having a nice time putting up our feet and relaxing, we still can't help but recall our favourite styles from the past four weeks. From New York to Paris, the looks were amazingly varied, but a few shows have a special place in our hearts. Whether it's bleached brows or megawatt lipstick, click through our 10 favourite looks from all the Spring 2014 Fashion Weeks.
Throughout all the Spring 2014 Fashion Week shows, we've seen nail designs ranging from staid to subdued. No matter the looks, though, almost all touch on big manicure trends for next season. Zoom in on the nail polish and nail art looks to come down the Parisian runways, and also reminisce on the best nail art from Milan. If you're looking for London, hop on over here.
— Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel, Maria Del Russo, and Kaitlyn Dreyling
While others were busy at Somerset House, design duo Clements Ribeiro chose to present their Spring 2014 collection digitally in a London Fashion Week first. Recognising that online sales make up 60 percent of their turnover, the designers decided that an online show was the way to go, presenting the clothes in a short film by Andrew Delaney and Misha World on their new ecommerce website.
The good news is the film is available for all to see, so you can start that shopping list now. The collection was inspired by stylish Rio tourists with a fun retro twist. Think tropical prints, flirty skirts, bermuda shorts, and a fabulous fish print. Watch the video below, or see the full lookbook here.
Half the fun of our twice-yearly fashion fest is seeing what everyone wears to attend the shows. This September, the constant downpours didn't stop fashion's finest from stepping out in their carefully planned outfits, and plenty of London Fashion Week attendees were brave enough to flash a bit of bare leg despite the cold snap that hit with the first catwalk show. From dressed-up denim to crazy colour clashes, check out some of our street style favourites from the tents, Topshop venue, and beyond.
While we can only dream of purchasing straight-from-the-runway Oscar de la Renta or Carolina Herrera clothing, there's an actual possibility the bags might wind up in our closets some day. Which is why we've put together a gallery of all the most glorious bags from this season's London Fashion Week. The London shows include big names like Burberry and Mulberry (both with 3D blooms for Spring 2014) plus cool new labels you may not be so familiar with.
Still not satisfied? Zoom in on all the best totes, clutches, and top-handle bags from New York Fashion Week too, and get ready to fall in love all over again.
Wedged between New York and Milan Fashion Weeks, London runways are the edgiest and most daring of all. But for the Spring 2014 season, we spotted a few beauty trends that even the average woman can easily pull off. In fact, some were also trends from NYFW. However, there are also some new trends to try too. Click through to discover the top five trends from the UK catwalks.
It's not often we see a beauty product being used backstage at a fashion show and immediately run out and buy it, but that's what happened after we saw makeup artists working wonders with Revlon Photoready Skinlights (£9, originally £12). These face illuminators aren't new to the Revlon stable, but they are a reissue, back by popular demand in new packaging as part of the Photoready range. We saw them being used to add a glow to models' skin at shows including Whistles and Sophia Webster, and we had to get in on that highlighting action instantly. The light-reflecting liquids are subtle enough to be used neat, but they can also be mixed into your foundation or tinted moisturiser for a lighter touch. Dab them on areas that catch the light (cheekbones, brow bones, down the centre of the nose) to make your skin glow without looking greasy.
Sometimes, London Fashion Week trends can be hard to pin down because of the diverse mix of designers showing in the city. London's unique combination of heritage brands and emerging talent often feel very separate from each other. Not so this season, when some trends were so popular we were picking them out halfway through day one.
From extensions of the big New York Fashion Week trends, to brand-new themes that only London could provide, click through to see the eight big London looks you'll want to keep in mind next Spring.