Betty Jackson took her love of art and painting to the runway this season. Prints, subtle knit wear and embroidery were contrasted with neutral tones and understated leather coats, jackets and dresses. The label that infamously dressed the Ab Fab duo, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, continues to be inspired by the arts. There was once a time when Betty Jackson sought to transfer epic paintings onto cloth in order for every print to be unique. Her collection reflected the duality of one ensemble having the ability to transfrom from day to night with the addition of a simple accessory.
Belgrade designer Roksanda Ilincic embraces her love of 1950’s glamour with her spring collection. After launching her label in 2002 she has earned a loyal fan base, including super model Claudia Schiffer and Liberty Ross. Evening wear remains the main focus in all of her collections, strapless gowns and knee length hemlines are constructed in luxury satin-silk, taffeta and organza.
Ashish is loved for his hand beaded raw designs, a east meets west fusion, first spotted by Browns Focus in 2001, he has since developed a string of A-list followers. This spring he has been in talks with Tori Amos to design garments for her forthcoming tour. Madonna, Victoria Beckham and Lily Allen have all been spotted in a blend of his ecclectic collections. Embracing his second stint for Topshop this year, the Ashish label is growing leaps and bounds.
John Emery, the founder of Aquascutum, revolutionised the fashion industry with his technique of “shower-proofing” wools and cottons. This is Aquascutum’s sixth stint at London Fashion Week, designers Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler, have drawn inspiration from the elements of nature. Pale blues, sunshine yellows and burnt oranges reflect natures rudiments. Prints are hand painted and richley embroidered. Their signature coats have been reinvented with various additions of belts and buttons. They are set to be launching a woman’s wear vintage coat collection this spring, along with a new assortment of accessories.