London Fashion Week Turns 25

It’s the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week and The British Fashion Council is celebrating with a move to the grand surrounds of the beautiful Somerset House. The much anticipated change of location was well received on Friday morning, as arriving attendees were greeted by the rather eccentric Mayor Boris Johnson who opened proceedings.

St Martins’ graduate Bora Aksu was the highlight of the day with a “Happy Prince” collection that took inspiration from Oscar Wilde’s short story of hidden beauty coupled with an unlikely side order of KISS-style rock ‘n roll—the result ran between romantic and hard-edged. Tights took over from leggings, studded with jewels and creating patterns that suggested rips and tears from a hard night on the town. Knitwear was the star with sweaters literally shredded and reminiscent of ’70s punk looks, but rendered in girly shades of soft pink and yellow. See-through chiffon trousers layered over white tights, flashes of black and gold, shoe boots made for stomping and deconstructed shift dresses that played with light and dark were all featured in what was an impressive opener to London’s take on spring/summer ’10.

—Lena Dystant