Somerset House, the London Fashion Week headquarters overlooking the Thames, was exploding with color on Saturday—heightened by the magnificent sunshine and blue sky.
While color trends may come and go on other Fashion Week’s runways, I’ve always found London to be a brilliant kaleidoscope of color to suit every taste. Jasper Conran, an esteemed British designer who created his first womenswear collection in 1978, likewise sent an eye-popping and wholly wearable collection down the runway this past sunny Saturday afternoon.
Conran was one of the first designers to ever show at London Fashion Week—and has remained loyal to his roots. Yet, Conran's Spring/Summer 2013 collection evoked a surprising American influence this year.
As the models walked barefoot on a runway covered in bright green faux grass, Jasper Conran’s line felt right out of the country circa late 1960s or early 1970s. The flattering collection started with a hard edge: dark denim and leather biker vests, Daisy Dukes, a few structured jackets and dresses, set to Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee.” It softened with the introduction of dresses and separates in a psychedelic palette of bubblegum pink, tangerine, and coral with a smattering of olive. Standout pieces included the body-skimming, t-shirt style dresses in pink and orange prints, as well as sequin patchwork. The finale dress, a multi-colored patchwork gown, evoked a glamorous hoedown.
Runway Looks (Photos via London Fashion Week)
Jasper Conran is acclaimed for both his runway collections as well as his lower-priced lines for Debenhams, a mid-range British department store. This particular collection had something for everyone -whether you’re looking for a new tailored jacket or skirt or that one of a kind occasion dress.
It’s no secret that Fashion Week can wear a girl out! With the traffic jams and crowded tube stops, you’re lucky to make it to the show on time and snap a decent photo from your seat among the high-heeled mobs (see my failed attempt above!). Jasper Conran's show, however, left me feeling light-hearted.
Isn’t that what fashion is all about?
Samantha Sault is a writer in Washington, D.C. Her work has recently appeared in The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, and Washington Life, and can be found at