Red Carpet Fashion Awards

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

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

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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

For Fall 2012, Mary Katrantzou was inspired by everyday items: wrist watches, coat hangers, typewriter keyboards, spoons, and most notably No.2 HB pencils.

You may have had to do a double take, but these are items which make up her vibrant prints for the season.

The most impressive thing about the pencils is that they were embroidered and shaped onto the skirt rather than being a print. I would imagine it would be difficult to sit in, and therefore, when this look goes into production, I’m sure it will be a print.

Mary gave us architectural shapes on a colour palette of canary yellow, emerald green, ruby red and ocean blue, alongside light chiffon pieces with floaty ruffled skirts.

I don’t recall Mary presenting knits in the past, so as someone who loves a sweater dress, I was excited to see these pieces presented with large turtle necks.

Funnel neck coats, beaded pants, off-the-shoulder sculptural tops, capes, ruffle-neck long-sleeve dresses and a long-sleeve gown were presented.

With more and more celebs falling in love with Mary Katrantzou, I’m sure we will be seeing these pieces on the red carpet soon.

I just hope they pair the looks with the gorgeous coloured Christian Louboutin pumps and ankle boots we saw at the show.

Front Row: Alexa Chung and Anna Wintour

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Leelee Sobieski, Leigh Lezark, Keira Knightley, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Tilda Swinton and Rihanna

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McQ Fall 2012

Despite being launched in 2006, this was McQ’s first runway show for Fall 2012 which was held during London Fashion Week on Monday evening.

McQueen’s baby sister had a total revamp for Fall. You could say she’s grown up, as the design team was recently brought in-house under the helm of McQueen’s creative director, Sarah Burton. And it showed.

The sporty street wear and cutesy mini dress we’ve seen on Emma Watson were nowhere to be seen.

With the runway covered in fallen leaves, models stormed – and I mean stormed – the runway wearing military coats with oversized pocket flaps in the highly dramatic show.

We also saw tartan dresses with gothic black-lace sleeves, rich blood-velvet mini dresses with embroidered details, coats worn with leather belts, knit dresses, leather coats with furry sleeves, strapless tulle dresses and coats with velvet leaf-print overlay, and a surprising twist came via the colour tu-tu dresses which stood out against the mostly military-green, blood-red and black colour palette.

Kristen McMenamy closed the show wearing a white tulle gown with leaves embroidered all over it.

During the dramatic finale the room fell dark with a spotlight focus on the model. She looked to the heavens as leaves fell on top of her.

Front Row: Anna Wintour and Salma Hayek

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Rooney Mara, Kristen Stewart, Tilda Swinton and Anna Paquin

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Osman Fall 2012

Osman’s minimalist Fall 2012 collection consisted mostly of a rich floral metallic brocade which was to be found on collars, cuffs, pants, capes and strapless dresses.

I loved how the designer was very playful with the floral brocade by mixing it with other prints, which worked.

On a colour palette of lime green, red and black we saw fur-accented jackets, cigarette pants, full-length coats plus day and evening dresses.

I loved the rise-and-fall cut of the skirts and dresses which the designer lined with a contrasting colour or a more floral brocade.

Models stormed the runway wearing Lemaresca for Osman lace-up boots and mules which also got the brocade treatment.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Florence Welch, Gemma Arterton, Laura Bailey, Olivia Palermo and Rihanna

Credit: Style.com




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