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London Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2014 Silk Round-Up

We take a look at how silk was used in the new Spring / Summer 2014 collections

London Fashion Week brings together Britain's most creative minds in the fashion world and allows them to preview their designs for the upcoming season. From well-established fashion houses such as Vivienne Westwood to new, emerging talents, London Fashion Week has debuted some of the most daring looks to ever hit the runway. Last week the new Spring / Summer 2014 collections made an appearance, including a number of shows that featured silk in their designs.

Colourful Silk Prints

Jonathan Saunders' tenth anniversary show saw a mixture of bold floral prints, gradients and unique contrasts of colour. The collection brought to together burgundy, ochre and aquamarine on a range of materials. One of the most talked about pieces was a silk bomber jacket with a large flower design on the front, as pictured above. This was not the only bomber jacket to appear on the runway this season, marking a revival of the typically 80s coat.

Sexy Silk Sportswear

London Fashion Week may be over but things have already kicked off in Milan. First on the runway was a new collection of Gucci Inspired by sportswear, the designer took the idea of a run-of-the-mill tracksuit and transformed it into a high-fashion piece in plissé silk. The use of silk within the designs gave the pieces an Eastern, kimono feel, bright in warm plum, orange and red. The silhouettes were loose and floaty, much like Gucci's typical style. Although those expecting to see the flowing gowns which Gucci are best known for may have been slightly confused when they were instead presented with suede bomber jackets and slouch shorts.

This isn't the first time we've taken a look at how silk plays a role in the fashion world, highlighting its appearance in Summer 2013 styles and how celebrities such as Rihanna are bringing silk scarves back into vogue.