Fast and fury-ous

Tuesday 23 February 2016

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whipped up by Alexander Fury

It’s weird how LFW doesn’t really begin to gel until it’s almost over. Who would have guessed that this season’s shows would become a tussle between creativity and commerce – not necessarily antagonistic, but certainly a season about designers weighing up those dual demands and experimenting with how best to satisfy both? It’s heartily indicative of the stability of London talent – and it’s interesting that, having checked boxes on creative risk-taking for a decade, London is leading the way in upending commercial convention, too. How else to describe Burberry ditching the ‘Prorsum’ and challenging long-established seasonal divisions? Are they one-offs, or leading a charge that will transform fashion like Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren did in the 70s? I’ll tell you next season. If seasons still exist then…

Alexander Fury is Fashion Editor of The Independent and i newspapers

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