Leave it to the Brits to bring the camp, cleverness, and cheekiness to the Fall ’15 lineup. At London, there was no shortage of personality, to say the least. The question is: who do you want to play with come fall?
Anya Hindmarch continues to expand her kitsch-meets-chic repertoire with her traffic-themed collection (the show also marked her foray into clothes, which the designer calls “an extension of our accessories”). Get ready to see plenty of traffic-stopping, driving-inspired signage from street-style stars next season, as well as the “Trash Bag,” a clean top-handle tote emblazoned with a “no littering” sign. Playful and political: Anya makes it feel covetable, not kooky.
With a collection pegged as “Patchwork Pattern and Prints,” Burberry Prorsum’s Christopher Bailey delivered a rustic, hand-touched collection. The crisp bucket bags, some in suede fringe and others in camouflage print; spacious north-south totes; and leopard-print clutches are great counterpoints to clothes filled with eclecticism and liveliness. In addition to their sure-to-be-sought-after baby Jamie bucket bags in a plethora of colors and textures (bubblegum-pink ostrich is a standout), Mulberry amped up their other last-season release, the Roxy, a boxy bag with cargo-pocket detailing, in shearling, croc-effect leather, and suede.
Simone Rocha surprised us with the luxe appeal of her collection, from the statement-making goat-hair and rounded, exotic top handles to her surrealistic take on ladylike polish. Finally, frisky as ever, Christopher Kane coordinated his colorful croc-embossed pencil skirts and ankle booties with miniaturized top handles, ruffled red gloves, and pumps with equally bright satchels, and contrasted sparkly disco-inspired ready-to-wear with potently metallic shoulder bags, for a fun update on his signature safety-buckle motif.