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Back to black. After 5 days of endless designer shows across the capital, London Fashion Week presents a rather black outlook for Autumn/ Winter 2014. Whilst some catwalks showed off some colour, the consensus seemed to be pretty monochrome. Season after season, fashion week after fashion week and trend after trend; the world of fashion sees a colour take to both the runway and the high street, as the “new black”. However A/W 14 looks like it is going back to basics, as black takes over. Nevertheless, with such fashion evolution, digital design technology, alternative styles and twenty-first century influences, LFW exhibits ‘black’ as anything but “basic”!

Whilst there is nothing wrong with “classic black” and keeping things some what traditional, the designers of LFW prove that going ‘back to black’ is far from basic and show black in its most fashionable form.

Established in 2012, AW 14 is Simongao’s first Fashion Week. Simongao’s AW collection saw a majority of all black and all white outfits take to the runway, with some browns and greys in between the monochromes.

KTZ also kept it very mono chrome, for both the menswear and womenswear collections.

Whilst Simone Rocha introduced a pop of colour to the runway with completely red and mustard ensembles, the majority of her collection consisted of sole black outfits.

Fashion East presented a bit more colour throughout their AW show. Whilst pale tones of lime green, power pink and summer blues took to the runway, the common theme of black and white still took centre stage. However, unlike most of designer collections where B&W did appear as a duo, it was a subtler monochrome with bright whites over powering the minimal use of black.

Christopher Kane strikes again. Although this season’s collection strayed from bright colours and elaborate patterns and print that breath Kane, this AW saw sprinkles of colour in a mass of black. Creative black never the less. Following the black trend, Christopher Kane’s missing signature pattern and print was made up in texture, shape and structure. Fan like structures created by layers upon layers, bazaar structured sleeves and ruffled puffy synthetics made Kane’s AW 14 collection one to remember.


From velvets, wools and furs Tom Ford’s show also saw plenty of black ensembles sashayed down the runway, along side a few reds and browns.

Erdem’s show also explored plenty of luxurious velvet and his trade mark patterns were adapted through laser cut delicate designs, jacquard style material and quadrilateral sheers.


Pringle of Scotland remained simple yet elegant, as AW 14 brings in neat and tidy knits. Again keeping with the monochrome theme, however introducing a slightly lighter mood with more whites paired with less black.

John Rocha’s elaborate ruffles and one of a kind designs truly made an impression on this fashion week’s catwalk. All black but far from the ordinary and nothing like “classic black”.

Todd Lynn’s AW 14 collection remained consistent with dark theme; models wore all black down a just as black runway; exploring shadow to complete the dark feel that is AW.

Amanda Wakeley’s show saw creative panels, delicate sheers, thick waste belts and head to toe outfits take to the runway, as well as baggy and over sized outer wear to compete the AW look, also representing black as the “new black”.

Two-thirds through the week, the Big Apple has already seen some glamorous gowns take to the catwalk; some to which I can already envision on the the red carpet in the coming months.

After quite a few official awards ceremonies so far this year, several celebrities have been seen dressed head-to-toe in designer outfits on the red carpet; many to which started on this very runway. With both the Oscars and BAFTAs still to come, I wonder what other designer masterpieces will be spotted on the red carpet. Whether it is at the end of the week, within a couple of weeks or later into 2014, I guarantee at least one of these unique designs will make it from runway to red carpet.

Keeping it simple, both Carolina Herrera and Lela Rose stick to a single coloration, with vibrant colour-block gowns; both in a boob-tube cut and floor length design. Herrera embraces the red, whilst Rose joins the purple club. Continuing the purple theme, Dennis Basso combos his sparkley torso gown with a just as purple fur jacket. Whilst his choice of red knee high boots may not be seen on the red carpet with the outfit, the dress is definitely one to look out for.

Inspired by African designs, Mara Hoffman’s geometric patterned panel sets her sheer LBD apart from any other black gown on the  catwalk. Thus potentially fit for the red carpet. Looking very “black tie”, Venexiana’s A/W collection is consistently elegant. With a selection of floor length gowns; in different colours, textures and delicate detailing; Venexiana wowed the runway audience with hand sewn embellishments, laser cut patterns, velvet designs and textured sheers. All thats needed are some fashionable celebrities to rock these beauties down a red carpet and wow the rest of the world.

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