Topshop's 80's inspired looks leads the way on Day 3 of LFW
Day three of London Fashion Week started with the elegance of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi (a personal favourite) with inspiration taken from wood nymphs and all witchcraft (yes, this is correct).
By Lorna Weightman (@styleisleIRL)
But as unusual as this sounds to those outside the creative industry, it made perfect sense.
Sequinned dresses coupled with delicate and fairy like textures such as lace complemented the theme.
Renowned make up artist Val Garland decorated models' faces with freshly pressed flowers to add context, although I question the practicality of this as a make up trend for the Irish beauty junkies.
But it was certainly beautiful to look at.
Surprisingly there were no famous names walking in this show, given that both Gigi and Bella Hadid are in town. Bella walked for the Versus show on Saturday night watched by her sister and her boyfriend singer Zayn Malik.
Another surprise was not to see either at Topshop Unique, instead, campaign face, Taylor Hill led out an army of models in a very Eighties inspired collection. A power shouldered Kim Basinger came to mind when I first looked at this.
Crimped and curled hair blown over with a side parting paid tribute to the decade alongside make up using Topshop's own beauty line.
Expect high waisted leather trousers, black shelling jackets and lots of PVC in this range which is available to buy now thanks to Topshop's ability to always stay ahead of the game when it comes to availability via technology.
Topshop will make our armour more like a vintage repertoire- think back alley dance clubs in a 1980s Camden Town, with music being an undertone as much as fabric. It makes me want to play The Jam on repeat.
Moving west to the iconic venue of Victoria House, my all time favourite Belstaff look to the wilderness for their SS17 collection.
Inspired by the journey of sisters Augusta and Adeline Van Buren who took to a motorcycle for a 5,500 mile journey across America to campaign for the right of women to serve in the US armed forces.
They empowered and inspired. This collection focuses on this adventure and the force of nature spoken through delicate silk and fluid dresses.
But there's a harder edge with its iconic leather pieces. I can't help but lust after this collection. It's practical, it's real and Belstaff nail this every season.
They've also famously teamed up with actress Liv Tyler for a second capsule collection which extends its range to one that is inspired by the English countryside at the end of the Sixties.
So we're stepping back for SS17 but there are no surprises there.
Fashion is cyclical after all.