London Fashion Week: 3 British Designers We Can't Wait To See. Burberry, Alexander Mcqueen and Stella McCartney
The flashing lights, celebrity frow and glamorous fashionistas – fashion week is back with a bang, and we couldn't be more excited about it. After more than a year of sweatpants, slippers and oversized hoodies, we all deserve a little luxury fashion to swoon over. While Paris has elegance and New York has edge, London brings a creative coolness into the mix with a daring nonchalance. So, while we steam our finest and dust off our heels, we've shone the spotlight on three British designers that do us proud every season.
Founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, the now eponymous fashion house was once a small entity selling outdoor clothing to Basingstoke locals. It wasn't until Thomas invented a waterproof fabric that the infamous Burberry trench coat (Beige Cotton Trench Coat, £175) was born – the signature piece that was worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's and runs throughout the fashion brand's collections to this day. Although renowned for its iconic check print, Burberry moved away from its recognisable stamp (who remembers that Daniella Westbrook moment?) in the early 00's before bringing it back with a fresh, urban feel in 2018, cementing the brand as the leader of heritage reinvention.
As famous for his theatrical catwalk shows as he was for his artistic collections, Alexander McQueen was the darling of the fashion world in the nineties and noughties. A visionary who blurred the lines between fashion and art, some of his most memorable moments include spray painting robots, rain-soaked runways and holographic models as he immersed himself in the Brit Pop era. Hailed as the one who inspired Lady Gaga's eclectic fashion moments, his collections are considered an investment similarly to art.
She may be the daughter of a Beatle, but Stella McCartney is a star in her own right thanks to her successful fashion label. But a life of a showbiz does have its perks as her graduate catwalk show featured top models (and good friends) Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. With a legion of celebrity fans such as Liv Tyler and Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella has become known for her pin-sharp tailoring and sustainable practises making her a firm favourite on the red carpet and everyday style alike. Taking a stance against the use of leather or fur, McCartney has paved the way for ethical high fashion long before it was considered stylish and has gone on to break the mould of British design houses.