This week, the fashion flock decamped to London — and with it the promise of ready-to-wear that pushes boundaries in ways that the English do best. From relative newbies that have shot to fame within a few seasons (e.g., Simone Rocha, Shrimps) to cult faves like Christopher Kane, and the established houses of Burberry and Stella McCartney, there is something for everyone to ogle.
For Spring 2015, expect presentations at the utterly stylish Somerset House and underground venues in the city’s East End. To celebrate all things Brit, we’ve culled together some of our fave UK designers whose pieces are luckily available on this side of the Atlantic.
A master of digital prints, Peter Pilotto has covered his stretch woven skirt in snow-covered mountains. The pleating along the side adds a dose of clever detailing. Tuck in a simple white button-up and you’re good for the day, from work to evening cocktails. $1,305. 477 Broome Street (Wooster/Greene Streets); 212-941-9656; kirnazabete.com
Hannah Weiland, head designer at Shrimps, has been crafting street-style ready coats for over a year now. This faux-fur Dulcie jacket is made in a feminine pink hue with sharp black stripes along the bottom. $995. 35 Howard Street (Broadway/Lafayette Street); 212-219-2688; openingceremony.us
“It” Brit designer Simone Rocha takes textures like lace and leather to an entirely new level. Her signature Perspex heeled brogues get a sleek update in golden embossed leather. $1,235. 160 Lexington Avenue (30th/31st Streets); 646-837-7750; newyork.doverstreetmarket.com
London-based Roksanda Ilincic is a tried-and-true favorite of Kate Middleton’s — and for good reason. From flattering frocks to wearable avant-garde pieces, it’s easy to simply slip on of her styles and feel dressed for the day. For autumn evening events, we adore the designer’s cutout crepe pantsuit, featuring a vivid magenta-hued top. $1,990. 660 Madison Avenue (60th/61st Streets); 212-833-2200; barneys.com
Though she shows her collection in Paris, Stella McCartney is without a doubt one of the premier English designers. A cocktail dress in her hands gets an incredibly chic update with luxurious red fringe and sheer mesh paneling. $4,775. 112 Greene Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 212-255-1556; stellamccartney.com
Made in Italy but dreamed up by the Jimmy Choo designers in London, the Kamaris suede-and-lace ankle boot is a must-have. The bootie will look as good with an LBD as with streamlined trousers and a blouse. $1,395. 407 Bleecker Street (West 11th/Bank Streets); 212-366-1305; jimmychoo.com
From models to celebs to everyday fashionistas, Erdem Moralioglu dresses his women in intricate designs that seem to be the work of a true courtier. His floor-length Suri gown is embroidered and hand-studded with black crystals, and comes with a coordinating silk slip. $4,950. 449 West 14th Street (Washington Street/Tenth Avenue); 212-206-1272; jeffreynewyork.com
Since graduating from prestigious Central Saint Martins, Christopher Kane has been one of the freshest faces at London Fashion Week. His pieces are constantly toeing the border between the efficient and the unexpected, such as on this neon-yellow buckled leather clutch with wrist strap. $595. 611 Fifth Avenue (50th/51st Streets); 212-753-4000; saksfifthavenue.com
While the blanket coat was a hit all over the fall runways, Burberry Prorsum imbues their version with an ultra high fashion gloss. The knitted Intarsia wrap jacket is woven with wool, cotton, and cashmere, ensuring a delightfully cozy fit. $4,995. 131 Spring Street (Greene/Wooster Streets); 212-925-9300; burberry.com
Embrace the seventies with Matthew Williamson’s sequined tulle mini dress. The black-and-white swirls will make you the grooviest gal at the party. $3,595. 332 Bowery (2nd/3rd Streets); 212-228-8531; matthewwilliamson.com