Gothic glamour at the Erdem AW16 show
London is always the most divisive of all the Fashion Weeks across the world. It’s where the most rules get broken, like Christopher Kane combining feathers with granny-style plastic head coverings, or Mulberry reintroducing leather biker gloves.
At London Fashion Week AW16 designers like Erdem, Preen and Alexander McQueen stepped over to the dark side with gothic embroidering, decadent jewellery and long billowing capes. Elsewhere colour was the order of the day, with orange and pink making the biggest impact at Preen, Roksanda and Henry Holland.
To celebrate all things LFW AW16, we’ve outlined the top trends and chosen a luxurious timepiece to help you make the look a reality. Who said we can’t think six months ahead?
Alexander McQueen with a Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull watch
Alexander McQueen described its AW16 lady as a fashionable creature flitting between a dream world and reality…we genuinely have no idea what this means, but we sure do love the gowns embroidered with stars, butterflies and pocket watches.
You can put a little bit of this embroidery on your wrist with the Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull. The rainbow threads are lit with flecks of lurex to give it a little extra sparkle.
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Sequins and sparkle
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi with the Chopard Happy Fish Métiers d’Art watch
Forget about Las Vegas showgirl sequins and think of them more as super cool rock ‘n’ roll party wear with a hint of sex appeal. That’s exactly what Preen managed to achieve during its London Fashion Week show, where the models wore biker boots to offset all the sparkle.
If you don’t like the idea of wrapping sequins up your arms, we recommend a shimmering, gemstone-studded watch like this Chopard 18ct rose gold Happy Fish Métiers d’Art timepiece. It has floating diamonds housed between the dial and the case glass, as well as a glow-in-the-dark fish design crafted in red jasper and gold leaf.
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Blast from the past
Burberry with a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Cordonnet watch
Arguably the UK’s most influential brand, Burberry went back to its roots during London Fashion Week AW16. The brand focused on coats, military-inspired colours, traditional parkas and a Brit-girl party look that takes into account our collective love of black opaque tights.
We will be getting into the heritage spirit with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Cordonnet – a new novelty for 2016 with a gold-plated stainless steel case and cord strap.
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All about orange
Marques’Almeida with a Baume & Mercier Petite Promesse watch
Sorry ladies, but if orange isn’t your colour you may have a tough job finding a new dress come winter time. AW16 is all about bright, vibrant orange, shown in all its glory at Marques’Almeida, Jasper Conran and Mulberry and worn on the lips pretty much everywhere else.
To celebrate our forthcoming tangerine status, we’ll be snapping up this beautiful Baume & Mercier Petite Promesse wraparound watch – a piece that first caught our eye at SIHH 2016.
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Mary Poppins chic
Erdem with a Hermes Faubourg Pierre dress watch
Erdem really knocked it out of the ball park for AW16, with lashings of gothic black lace, embroidery and a twist on an old favourite – the governess dress. Imagine a slighly dowdier Mary Poppins with a square bib-fronted, ankle-skimming dress and you’ll be on the right lines!
While we could run down to the local vintage shop for a 1920s nightie, we think we’ll embrace the trend with this new Hermes Faubourg Pierre dress watch with a malachite dial. It’s classic, elegant but with a suitable modern twist.
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Slices of silver
JW Anderson with a Georg Jensen Vivianna bangle watch
Rose gold has been taking centre stage for a while now, but the AW16 catwalks seem to suggest that silver and gold will make big comebacks this year. At JW Anderson, silver was used as an accent colour to liven-up skirts, simple tops and jackets, with Antonio Berardi paring the metallic shade with evening black tailoring.
We’ll be adding silver to our outfits by way of the Georg Jensen Vivianna bangle watch. Its hammered silver dial keeps it edgy as opposed to minimal, and it will look great with the silver jewellery now hidden at the back of our jewellery boxes (and in need of a good polish!).
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Pretty in pink
Roksanda with a Chanel J12 Ladies watch
Bright pink was the order of the day at Roksada, which used the hue in big, bulky coats and not just in frilly blouses. You know what that means ladies? We’re all going to have to branch out from black when it comes to buying a winter coat this year!
To tone things down a touch, we’ll be wearing this Chanel J12 Ladies watch with just a hint of soft pink on the bezel.
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Feathers and fur
Christopher Kane with a Fendi My Way watch
A gorgeous faux fur coat is always on the agenda, but feathers are perhaps a little out of our comfort zone. Christopher Kane clashed sheepskin, fur, feathers and leather in his eclectic collection at London Fashion Week, which was all about, well, looking down-and-out!
If you’d rather channel a more bright, bold and sophisticated version of the trend we recommend this Fendi My Way with a matching ‘fur Glamy’. It’s also available in pink, just in case you want to merge your trends into one uber accessory!
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All about the feathery boots at Christopher Kane!