19.09.12

Erdem Spring 2013

The Erdem Spring 2013 show started with a selection of snakeskin prints, some accented with pretty blue lace.

Before I could get out my Blackberry to tweet that Erdem Moralioglu had turned his back on his signature florals, look seven’s blooming lace overcoat made me sigh with relief.

On a colour palette of pastel blue, lilac, lemon and pale pink, fit-and-flare ladylike dresses, high-neck tops and dresses with contrasting collars, dresses with sheer overlays, jackets worn over the shoulder, cigarette pants and skirts were adorned with beautiful floral appliqués.

The pieces which really stood out where the ones with striking neon blooms.

Key accessories included lace or floral printed Nicholas Kirkwood chunky platforms, bug-eye sunglasses and driving gloves in lace or snakeskin.

The fresh-faced models’ hair was pulled back into a tight chignon with a touch of orange applied only to the bottom lip.

Front Row: Anna Wintour, Alexa Chung, Michelle Dockery and Caroline Sieber

Favourites: Orange-and-pink halter floral dress and pastel-blue sheer dress with floral embroidery.

Who I Would Like To See Wearing This Collection: Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Nina Dobrev, Miranda Kerr, Keira Knightley, Nicole Kidman, Anna Wintour, Kate Bosworth, Camilla Belle, Ashley Greene, Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana and Nicole Kidman

18.09.12

Antonio Berardi Spring 2013

There is a good chance Antonio Berardi was inspired by the 2012 London Olympics this season for his Spring 2013 collection.

Antonio’s sports luxe collection with a sophisticated twist featured plenty of layers, so it will be interesting to see how these looks are interpreted on the red carpet.

On a bold colour palette of neon pink, electric blue with shades of lemon, beige and grey, the designer presented signature tuxedo jackets paired with chic shorts or flared-hem dresses with crossover patchwork panelled bodices and cut-out backs.

Blouses with tails fluttered as the models stormed the runway. Peplums were supersized, jackets were well tailored, pants were fitted and the twelve embellished looks which closed the show delighted the magpie in me.

Even with a heavy mix of sporty looks, the designer didn’t turn his back on his celebrity fans as he incorporated plenty of red-carpet looks with fitted or loose silhouettes, dramatic peplums and sequin details which have BDOTW potential.

Key accessories included Manolo Blahnik for Antonio Berardi strappy sandals and colourful wristlets.

Gucci Westman gave the models a clean, fresh, natural look using Revlon products, while Orlando Pitta used John Frieda products to give the models a sleek side-parted twisted ponytail.

Front Row: Olivia Palermo, Noomi Rapace and David Gandy

Favourites: Electric-blue crossover bodice dress with a white perforated jacket and white dress with layered skirt and blue embellishments

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Olga Kurylenko, Emma Stone, Brooklyn Decker, Eva Mendes, Freida Pinto, Elizabeth Banks, Maria Sharapova, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Amber Heard, Noomi Rapace, Anna Friel and Cameron Diaz

Credit: Style.com

18.09.12

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2013

Mary Katrantzou was inspired by global postage stamps and global banknotes, literally, as they were translated into standout prints which took to the runway on Sunday evening.

For Spring 2013 Mary presented a much looser silhouette with trapeze dresses, free-flowing chiffon dress, boxy sleeves, shirt dresses, sleeveless drop-waist maxi dresses, high-volume skirts and blouson sleeve dresses.

The pieces featuring stamps were presented in shades of blue, white and green and with pops of yellow and orange. There was a break from the colourful prints with a glossy dark blue suit and a green vest paired with a pencil skirt before the collection moved on to evening wear.

This is where the banknote prints came to life on a mixed metallic colour palette created with a Swarovski crystal mesh using a pioneering printed glass technique and fused with silk brocades, ensuring these looks will shimmer on the red carpet.

Christian Louboutin created an amazing collection of ankle boots – some were two-tone, others accented with a wavy stamp trim. We also saw strappy ankle-strap sandals.

Front Row: Anna Dello Russo

Favourites: Stamp-print halter dress with a full skirt, the blue suit plus the banknote sleeveless top and cigarette pants.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Elizabeth Banks, Blake Lively, Keira Knightley, Rihanna, Tilda Swinton, Anna Dello Russo, Leelee Sobieski, Solange Knowles and Florence Welch

18.09.12

House of Holland Spring 2013

The House of Holland Spring 2013 show was my first show during London Fashion Week.

Despite being severely jet-lagged, I was awoken by this fun, bright, colourful collection which will go down very well with his celebrity clientele and fans alike who all arrived in his Fall 2012 colourful houndstooth pieces.

The show started with a head-bopping soundtrack as models took to the runway wearing pieces with a large diamond print in mustard and mauve.

There was more excitement to be had as Holland served up luxe metallic floral jacquards and a multitude of colourful tie-dye mixes.

Every look from the short dungarees, to the oversized shirt, maxi skirts, spaghetti-strap silk dresses, biker jackets, long-sleeve maxi dresses, tunics, blazers, crop tops, shorts and tees looked super comfortable and wearable.

Key accessories included must-have bejewelled beanies, cross-body fold-over bags with crystal accents, and shoes ranging from brogues to strappy sandals.

Front Row: Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof, Leigh Lezark, Lauren Laverne and Poppy Delevigne

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Agyness Deyn, Nicola Roberts, Leigh Lezark, Pixie Geldof and Rihanna

Favourites: Tie-dye shirt with clashing tie-dye skirt and the floral drop-waist T-shirt dress

Credit: Style.com

02.07.12

Nicholas Oakwell Fall 2012 Couture

The ballroom inside Claridges Hotel was the luxurious setting for the Nicholas Oakwell Fall 2012 Couture presentation in London last week.

As well as a runway, the room featured four individual quarters where models with rolled retro updos and dark berry pouts made their way around a black sofa and grand piano, stopping to sit and pose for photos.

Inspired by the ‘moody and luxurious’ lounge environments of 1970s New York, Nicholas also counts expressionist artist Franz Klein, as well as the colour palette and mood of 1978 film ‘Eyes of Laura Mars,’ as influences.

For daywear we saw tea-length high-neck dresses, and wool and tweed impeccably tailored suits and coats, some with fur accents. I particularly like the looks with a lattice cape detail.

Evening wear is where Nicholas really excelled.

The luxe beaded robe with fur collar I could image Joan Collins wearing in an episode of Dynasty.

Other pieces which caught my eye were the orange ombre ruffled full-length dress and the silver bugle beaded gown on a nude chiffon. This dress would look great on Florence Welch. In fact, a lot of the gowns would.

The suede sandals, some accented with mink, were courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Florence Welch, Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz and Emilia Fox