LFW Throwbacks: 70s meets 90s

Light up Buffalos, a haze of metallics and faux fur, this LFW we revisited the 90s via the 70s

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Ashish AW14
Backstage at Ashish AW14 Photography by Lea Colombo

ASHISH: BUFFALO LIGHT UP’S

Neon flashing Buffalo boots, the ultimate 90s footwear choice, what teenage dreams were made of. The Ashish catwalk was a hypnotic haze of sequins, pearls, tiaras, rainbow hair, oversized bows, flamboyant ruffled denim and bubblegum pink prom queen layers. Closing the show with high-octane happy vibes, we saw a psychedelic sequin top emblazoned with the slogan "Love Will Win". We can't contain our excitement for Gupta’s forthcoming Topshop collab.

Ashish AW14
Backstage at Ashish AW14 Photography by Lea Colombo

MEADHAM KIRCHHOFF: METALLIC PYTHON LEATHER

The holographic python coats thrown over baby pink chiffon dresses at Meadham Kirchhoff made a big nod to the 70s era of power dressing. The perfect Ziggy Stardust get-up, if there ever were one. Chunky cyber moon boots also graced the catwalk, as did candy colour variations of the classic 80s Chanel bouclé jacket. A whirlwind through the decades.

Meadham Kirchhoff AW14
Backstage at Meadham Kirchhoff AW14 Photography by Lea Colombo

NASIR MAZHAR: CHOLA GIRLS

Chola wasn’t a trend, it was a way of life. Think of those 90s LA kids with the dark lined lips, sharpied eyebrows and super-slick gelled chola curls. Mazhar’s diverse references included chola, cyber goth and basketball inspired silhouettes. The result, a collection of emblazoned elasticated waistbands, metallic trousers, gas-mask style facegear and mini skirts, made for TLC.

Nasir Mazhar AW14
Backstage at Nasir Mazhar AW14 Photography by Jamie Stoker

MARQUES ALMEIDA: DENIM, VELVET & FAUX FUR

A mash up of 90s and the 70s, Marques revisited the heyday of The Chelsea Hotel, to a noughties themed soundtrack of All Saints, Basement Jaxx and Chemical Brothers. Handkerchief tops, frayed denim and spaghetti strap tops made us utterly nostalgic. The most desirable look? Pink fur sneakers teamed with crushed velvet trousers. Yes, please.

Marques Almeida AW14
Footwear at Marques Almeida AW14

RYAN LO: UNICORNS 

Dreamy cowgirls with plastic guns, lurex glitter dresses, unicorn print jumpers and sashes proclaiming "LOVE". We want to play dress up in Ryan Lo's studio every day. Last season we got Ryan head to head with seekingmillionaire.com to talk sugar daddies, gold digging and his unconventional approach to love.

Ryan Lo AW14
Backstage at Ryan Lo AW14 Photography by Lea Colombo

LOUISE ALSOP: CULT SKATER GIRLS

Oversize grungy layers, "Alsop" stitched jumpers and Annette Messager inspired monochrome dresses, together gave off a DIY, punk fuelled vibe. Walking to the sounds of experimental hip-hop artists, Death Grips, and punk band, Television Personalities, the Louise Alsop girl has attitude and street cred a plenty.

Louise Alsop AW14
Backstage at Louise Alsop AW14 Photography by Lea Colombo

CHRISTOPHER KANE: CANDY FLOSS FUR & PVC

Hypnotic neons, inky black patents, pink candy-floss coloured fur and an unexpected dash of black PVC. Not the usual mediums of choice for Christopher Kane, but we loved it. “I don’t see any of those fabrics as being bad taste," says Kane. "I think people need to open their minds a lot about it, seriously."

Christopher Kane AW14
Backstage at Christopher Kane AW14 Photography by Lea Colombo

SISTER BY SIBLING: CROCHET LINGERIE

Gothic crocheted garments driven by the sounds of 70s rock and rollers, The Sisters of Mercy. With a rumoured one hundred hours of work per garment, Sibling’s witch like constructions were heavy on technique. Each flashing glimpse of crochet lingerie channeled summer of love vibes.

Sister by Sibling AW14
Backstage at Sister by Sibling AW14 Photography by Rebecca Thomas

ASHLEY WILLIAMS: COWBOY BOOTS

Silver lame and cat print denim, patchwork leather and snakeskin bucket hats. 70s style prints were met by metallic cowboy boots. Ashley was leading a tribe of space cowgirls.

Ashley Williams AW14
Backstage at Ashley Williams AW14 Photography by Lea Colombo

MARGARET HOWELL: DUNGAS

Boyish overall style dungarees cropped up in an otherwise subtly feminine and demure collection. A delectable dose of tartan, high knee socks, woolly beanies and messy braided ponytails enforced a sense of youthfulness to Howell’s very British universe.

Margaret Howell AW14
Backstage at Margaret Howell AW14 Photography by Jamie Stoker
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