Within the walls of Somerset House lie a series of Aladdin’s Caves; filled with jewels and other covetable items, the London Fashion Week Designer Showrooms are not to be overlooked. They present an opportunity to feel fabrics, analyse details and sometimes even talk to the designers themselves.

This season I had the privilege of catching up with some of my favourite accessories brands including Hemsley London, Lily Kamper and Noritamy whilst also discovering some newbies to add to the ‘love’ list. The lovely Zoe Sherwood  was on hand to talk us through her sculptural hair ornaments and headwear whilst, in the eyewear department, Termite Eyewear‘s laser cut wooden creations caught our attention.  Lisa King also impressed with delicate jewellery and scarves emblazoned with her Signature Screwprint design.

Kult Domini first bleeped on my fashion radar at LC:M AW15 back in January, so it was great to see them representing their equally interesting womenswear range this time around. Julien Hakes futuristicsculptural footwear was also present showcasing the brand’s latest colours and finishes. Other footwear names to be noted: Camilla Elphick and Havva.

Moving upstairs I got to check out some of the collections we had already seen on the catwalk in a much more intimate setting. Amongst these were Jean-Pierre Braganza, Fyodor Golan and Eudon Choi. Up close, the intricacies of the Fyodor Golan collection in particular were even more striking than they had been in the Courtyard Show Space; specifically a metallic koi carp appliqué and the details in the tower block print.

Zoe Jordan’s AW15 collection was holding its London debut at the Designer Showrooms. It was particularly notable for its soft and alluring colour scheme of pale mint and ombre, with a stand-out piece being a stunning oversized mint shearling coat.

In the ’emerging’ category I was truly spoilt; amongst the many brands on show, Rein, Les 100 Ciels, Nagarin London and Nom De Mode each brought something of unique appeal – but more about them in future features. Right now I want to talk about Cats Brothers who showcased a colourful, and incredibly skilfully crafted, knitwear collection; a multicoloured pom pom jumper being the show stopping piece. For me, this collection was the highlight of the Designer showrooms and, literally, brightened up my day.

Written by and images © Francesca Bassenger.

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