Theatre of Fashion: London Fashion Week AW13

I kicked off London Fashion Week this season with my feet still firmly – if metaphorically – in New York with a SHOWstudio live panel discussion on catwalk theatre at Marc Jacobs.

showstudio 1See the Marc Jacobs SHOWstudio discussion HERE

I spent the next few days whizzing between Somerset House, Tate Tanks and Freemasons’ Hall reviewing shows for Fashion156. Click through below for full reports! All pictures from Fashion156.

AshishWorkwear gets the Ashish glitter treatment with high-vis and plaid rendered in his trademark sequins

ekaterinaKnitwear designer Ekaterina Kukhareva gave us technicolor housewives on acid inspired by Ottoman crockery

edelineA celebration of female rulers in a Tudor-infused presentation at a 16th century heraldic hall from Edeline Lee

simulationCan politics and fashion mix? The dubious use of protest movements as design inspiration had me unsure at Heohwan Simulation

Among others I also reviewed the tarot and witchery at KTZ, the grown up ’70s glamour at Felder Felder, and the punk ethos at Maarten Van Der Horst.

This Sunday from 1pm I’ll be back in Knightsbridge with the SHOWstudio live team reviewing the Dolce & Gabbana show, so be sure to tune in if you love a bit of Italian glam.

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About Amber Jane

Amber Butchart is a fashion historian on a quest to reveal the secrets of our sartorial past and place the semiotics of style in a wider cultural, political and social sphere. She has contributed to productions for BBC 1 & 2, BBC Learning, Radio 4, Channel 4 and Sky Arts, from Making History and Woman’s Hour to Great British Sewing Bee, and she presents a regular ‘In Conversation’ series at the V&A museum looking at issues concerning the clothed body in fashion and performance. She is an Associate Lecturer in Cultural & Historical Studies at London College of Fashion, where she lectures across a number of areas concerning fashion, the body and contemporary culture, from the impact of blogging on fashion media to fashion and the grotesque. Shot by Vogue as a girl with great British style, her interest in antique clothing was ignited by working as Head Buyer for vintage clothing company Beyond Retro, and for 5 years she was a regular contributor to leading trend analysis company WGSN. As the red-haired half of the Sony-nominated Broken Hearts DJ duo she has graced stages across the globe for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton. Their weekly radio show on Jazz FM ran for over 3 years and focussed on swing music, with an emphasis on rediscovering forgotten women of the Jazz Age. A former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London, Amber has spoken at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, British Museum, Royal Academy, British Library, Wellcome Collection, British Film Institute, and is a regular on the SHOWstudio fashion week panels. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society and the Association of Dress Historians and her book Nautical Chic: a history of high fashion on the high seas, is forthcoming in 2015 published by Thames & Hudson. Amber Jane Butchart's Fashion Miscellany, her compilation of vestimentary oddities, is out now.
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2 Responses to Theatre of Fashion: London Fashion Week AW13

  1. which era would you say has the biggest influence on fashion for aw 13/14

    • Amber Jane says:

      Seasons can rarely be defined by a reliance on just one era anymore, but I was definitely keen on the 20s/30s influence at Bora Aksu, Dries van Noten and Louis Vuitton. But many other eras were referenced as well, particularly 60s and 80s. Thanks!

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