Ann-Sofie Back's show was a refreshing break from all of the colour we've seen so far as she focused on her signature neutral colour palette of grey, black and white but for those of you who are loving colour this season, she did introduce hot pink on a blazer and maxi dress towards the end of the show.
Each season Back manages to straddle the whole experimental versus wearability dichotomy. The use of organza on dresses and the soft tailoring on wrap jackets and deconstructed blazers and sheer dresses styled under oversized long tops were simple in their form without compromising on style. Lines were clean and unfussy and the white slim-lined top with a black collar teamed with a two piece black shorts suit was minimalism at its best.
Were the pieces totally different from what Back's shown in the past? Well, no, but that's exactly why her collections are continually successful. You know what you're getting from her and although you may have one of her signature pieces already, it's those minor changes and updated details that keeps us all coming back for more.
The 'Avatar' influence was obvious at Ann-Sofie Back. Light blues and greys used throughout the collection payed homage to the movie, as well as a nod to the little people of Second Life. Floaty fabrics gave pretty shapes in the forms of skirts and blouses, whilst cropped leather jackets and denim toughened up the looks. Cut-out bodysuits chanelled a futuristic look for those most daring amongst us, with barely-there sandals keeping the attention strictly on the clothes.
We all love a good post-holiday bargain, so the new set of London Fashion Week designer collaborations for Topshop can't come soon enough. Ann-Sofie Back will roll out a goth-inspired, seven-piece collection on 6 January, with a highly reasonable price range of £50 to £60. The most expensive piece in the collection is a slashed black jumper dress, and the easiest on the pocket is a T-shirt dress in grey.
Jonathan Saunders, whom we're excited to have back at London Fashion Week after a stint in New York, has a Topshop collection coming out on 20 January. Some highlights? A cropped strapless basque for £40 and a pencil skirt for £50.
But in the big month, February, we can expect a collection from Ashish. Starting 3 February, you can nab a studded, Rihanna-esque biker jacket for £150, to go with the rest of the designer's pieces, which are inspired by none other than tracksuits. Expect cropped jogging bottoms and sweater tops, according to the Telegraph, and prepare yourself for a sporty season indeed.
Ann-Sofie Back, the Swedish designer who gave everyone a fashionable scare with her horror flick-inspired fall collection, has plenty on her plate for now. The queen of knitwear is taking over as head designer of Cheap Monday, where she'll handle "everything that isn't jeans". That ranges from dresses to jackets to eyewear, and has her designing nonstop for summer.
Independently of her street cred, Back - was also at Acne before launching her own line - is someone we'd all want to hang out with. And we kind of love her for giving the most honest (and comical) answer we've gotten so far about when she's inspired to work.
Indie-denim fave Cheap Monday has a new head designer: Ann-Sofie Back, the Swedish knitwear designer who had relocated to London for the past eight years. Her shows are always hotly anticipated at London Fashion Week, so we're sure she'll be a great pick for extending the Swedish company beyond its roots.
Back tells Rodeo magazine: "I have not even begun. But there has been much focus on jeans so far, and my task is to create a stronger identity on anything that is not denim."
Boo! Did I scare you? If so, then you shouldn't look at one of the oversized jumpers Swedish designer Ann-Sofie Back rolled out this season, which had the three-letter word dripped across a model in a very bloody font.Although unexpected, it was appropriate for a show that found its theme in Halloween films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The dreamweavers attached to tops and skirts were slightly harder to understand, but Back worked her theme well with zombie-eye contacts, Frankenstein-haired models and every pattern of jersey and denim slashing known to man.
Your faithful Fash Pack would recognise a certain semi-mulleted 'former' rapper anywhere. And what I'm saying is that Kanye West took his new girl, Amber Rose, and an abbreviated posse to the Peter Jensen and Ann-Sofie Back show tonight. Seems he's serious about that fashion career because he picked one of the week's most buzzed-about shows to (nearly) upstage.
Although Rivkie, Naomi and I were just as pleased to see the short-haired blonde directly in front of us. Kate Lanphear (fashion director of US Elle) showed up to the Topshop venue, and it's seriously the jackpot of the fashion lottery to sit a foot away from the person who can even make High School Musical actors look badass.