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Seven Of The Best British Brands At London Fashion Week

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Seven Of The Best British Brands At London Fashion Week

Johnstons of Elgin’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection at London Fashion WeekPaul Allen/ Andfotography

Animal prints, beige and caramel colors dominated as did fiery red at London Fashion Week last month where over 100 fashion brands from 49 different countries showcased their fall/winter 2019 collections. There was also a strong focus on sustainable practices and the impact the fashion industry has on the planet. Here’s a selection of the veteran brands that stood out on the catwalks.

Fall/Winter 2019 collection from Johnstons of Elgin at London Fashion WeekPaul Allen/Andfotography

1. Two hundred year old Scottish brand, Johnstons of Elgin, uses the finest cashmere from Mongolia and China, along with merino wool from Australia to produce their classic womenswear and menswear. All the textiles have been woven in the company’s mills in Elgin and Hawick. The fall/winter 2019 collection was inspired by the 1920s and 1930s, the golden age of travel and art deco. Twenty womenswear looks were presented, along with ten menswear designs beautifully produced in merino lightweights, matte cashmere and cashmere velour. Tartan made an appearance too in overcoats and trousers, referencing the brand’s Scottish origins.

Paul Costelloe’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection at London Fashion WeekPaul Costelloe

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2. The military inspired and leather overcoats were strong and appealing looks in Paul Costelloe’s “Battlefield to Ballroom” show at the historic Waldorf  hotel on the Strand. The fall/winter 2019 collection included gorgeous coats in Italian wool, wine and gold colored velvet corduroy, pencil skirts topped with oversized aran knitwear, day dresses and long gowns.

Smythson of Bond Street showcased at Somerset House during London Fashion Week, February 2019Paul Allen/Andfotography

3. I think of Smythson for their beautiful leather diaries and notebooks so I was pleasantly surprised to be reminded that they’ve always made gorgeous handbags and luggage as well. The debut collection from Creative Director Luc Goidadin (his first since leaving Burberry) introduces new shapes and finishes, including accordion-shaped compartments in the Concertina series to rounded folds in the Pillow bag, while the Moon series features a flat based half moon bowling bag. All beautifully displayed in the historic Portico Rooms at Somerset House, the colors are as gorgeous as ever, ranging from mahogany and sage to dusky pink and mustard.

Jasper Conran catwalk at RIBA during London Fashion Week, February 2019Paul Allen/Andfotography

4. Jasper Conran’s show is always a highlight on the London Fashion Week calendar and his catwalk last month at the Royal Institute of British Architects certainly didn’t disappoint. Jasper has been producing ready to wear collections since 1978 that are always the ideal combination of elegant and sporty. His fall 2019 collection includes flowing, silky fabrics and relaxed silhouettes in a darker palette of brown, black, navy and rusty orange with bursts of brighter colors like red and yellow.

One look from Osman’s fall/winter 2019 collection shown at his new atelier in FitzroviaPaul Allen/Andfotography

5. Osman’s glamorous collections have been a huge hit in past London Fashion Weeks. His romantic pieces in a myriad of hues from black, pink, silver were shown at his newly opened atelier/boutique, House of Osman, in a Georgian townhouse in Fitzrovia. Before launching his own label in 2008, Osman Yousefzada was head of tailoring at Joseph. The typical Osman silhouette is big on sculptural and architectural details and he spends a lot of time perfecting the fit of jackets and trousers. His keen love of classic tailoring led to his launch of “The Perfect Five” – a chic and timeless capsule collection offering five pairs of trousers, five tops, five coats and five knits.

One of the dramatic looks at Pam Hogg’s show at Fashion Scout during London Fashion WeekPaul Allen/Andfotography

6. Scottish designer Pam Hogg can always be counted on for the most dynamic and exciting runway shows and this season’s show at Fashion Scout was no exception. A diverse range of models brandished whips in “Venus in Phurr,” a bold, provocative show that included PVC bikinis, body suits and voluminous gowns in leather, studs, chains, corsets and (fake) fur in a riot of colors from vibrant red to baby blue, pink and white.

Zandra Rhodes fall/winter 2019 collection on show at the Fashion & Textile museumJoanne Shurvell

7. Zandra Rhodes’s famous clients have ranged from rockstars to royalty, including Diana, Princess of Wales, Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Freddie Mercury and Debbie Harry. Her fall/winter 2019 collection “The Golden Hour” was showcased at her own Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey, south London and featured warm colors of straw and sangria, Victoriana with elegant pearl button cuffs and delicate waistlines, flamenco style ruffles, chiffon and shimmering satin.

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