21.02.12

Antonio Berardi Fall 2012

Celebrities favourite, Antonio Berardi, showcased his Fall 2012 collection at Senate House during London Fashion Week yesterday morning.

Known for his signature form-fitting dresses loved by the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Rihanna, Zoe Saldana and Nicole Richie, the designer produced a collection we will most definitely see on the red carpet very soon.

If I had to sum up this collection in one word it would be ‘peplums’. They narrowed the waist of nearly every look.

Berardi’s daywear consisted of slick suits with sharp-shoulders, oversized coats; some with fur trims, fit-and-flare dresses – a style favoured by Kristin Davis – fitted dresses and sexy separates on a colour palette of black, silver, red, pink, teal blue and white. Some solid, others two-tone.

Berardi is one of the few designers whose day and eveningwear are loved by celebrities in equal amounts.

Models bravely navigated a flight of stairs in 6 inch Manolo Blahnik for Antonio Berardi heels before taking to the runway wearing fitted floor-length gowns.

The standout look was the fully sequined silver strapless gown followed by the ivory embroidered gown. We also saw embellished mini dresses with peplums to give them an edge.

The models were given Lisbeth-Salander-style haircuts by Orlando Pita whilst Gucci Westman kept the look clean with glossy lips and wet-look eyes.

Front Row: Olivia Palermo

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Rooney Mara, Anna Paquin, Eugenia Silva, Cameron Diaz, Kyra Sedgwick, Kate Bosworth, Olivia Wilde, Noomi Rapace, Anna Friel, Poppy Delevigne, Emily Browning, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Jessica Alba

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20.02.12

Jonathan Saunders Fall 2012

High up on the nineteenth floor of Broadgate Tower yesterday evening, overlooking London as the sun was setting, was the beautiful location for the Jonathan Saunders Fall 2012 presentation.

I love each piece from look one to 41. Why?

Clashing prints, bold colours and an array of Fall 2012 Christian Louboutin heels.

I love how a gingham skirt was paired with a striped sweater and a floral embroidered skirt. On paper that may sound overwhelming, but in reality, it was beautiful.

We saw many tailored jackets, high-collared crisp white shirts, cigarette pants with zipper details going up the sides, A-line skirts, ombre sweaters, tea-dresses and fitted coats.

Models’ sported dressage ponytails styled with a thick black ribbon.

Key accessories apart from the Loubies included sun visors to add a sporty feel to the collection.

Whilst we didn’t see any red carpet gowns in this collection, there any many options for the chic and beautiful for TV appearances, photocalls and indie events like the Independent Spirit Awards and Sundance Film Festival.

Jonathan Saunders is just one of many talented designers due to launch at the British Designers Collective boutique which will open soon at Bicester Village.

More news on this to follow.

Front Row: Pixie Geldof, Leigh Lezark, Anna Wintour and Olivia Palermo

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Sarah Jessica Parker, Freida Pinto, Emma Stone, Samantha Cameron, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Anna Friel, Emilia Clarke, Jessica Alba, Olivia Palermo, Emma Watson, Kate Bosworth and Elizabeth Olsen

20.02.12

Topshop Unique Fall 2012

The next stop on my Sunday afternoon London Fashion Week trail was the Old Billingsgate Market where the Topshop Unique show was held.

Before the show they invited us to drinks and canapés and gave us a chance to shop limited edition t-shirts from the NEWGEN recipients from the last ten years.

Despite being a shopaholic, I managed to limit myself to a Mary Katrantzou and Marios Schwab for Topshop tee, but many more from Erdem, Christopher Kane and J W Anderson were available to purchase, with all profits going to Centrepoint, a charity dedicated to giving young homeless people a future.

For Fall 2012, Topshop Unique’s new head designer, Emma Farrow, served up tough military-inspired pieces that we will be clambering over each other to purchase this September.

Whilst some of us won’t have the tummies (or bravery) for the cropped tops, or the legs for the hot pants, we can all still get on board with the chunky knits, velvet jumpsuits, floor-length olive-green trench coats with military-style gold buttons, low-slung skirts, leather pleated skirts and sweater dresses.

Models stomped the runway wearing lace-up army-style boots and carrying an array of slouchy leather bags.

Front Row: Nicola Roberts, Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevigne.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Rihanna, Nicole Roberts, Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof, Ginnifer Goodwin, Elizabeth Olsen and Liv Tyler

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20.02.12

Marios Schwab Fall 2012

Marios Schwab is known for unique pieces with a rock n’ roll edge, so I was surprised to see a lot of ladylike pieces for his Fall 2012 collection.

Much like Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2012 presentation, the hats took centre stage.

They were asymmetrically perched on top of the models’ heads, which is probably why he called the Marios Schwab woman a ‘voyeur’ as she’s obscured and not fully in view.

Wearable chic separates and streamlined dresses moved on to more daring looks with revealing laser-cut floral details – no doubt lined before they hit the red carpet – sexy leather trenches, low-cut gowns and nude embellished gowns with a coloured chiffon overlay.

With Swarovski Elements adorning the final look, I’m hoping it has done enough to be Oscar bound.

Front Row: Alexa Chung and Leigh Lezark

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Michelle Williams, Amanda Seyfried, Kristen Stewart, Alexa Chung, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley, Andrea Riseborough and Felicity Jones

Marios Schwab is just one of many talented designers due to launch at the British Designers Collective boutique which will open soon at Bicester Village.

More news on this to follow.

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27.09.11

Versus Spring 2012

It was clear from the lined, basketball-court-like runway and the monkey bars that the Versus Spring 2012 collection would be a sporty one.

A starting whistle signalled the beginning of the presentation as the first model took to the runway.

We saw a selection of lilac, mint green, lemon, blue and white cheerleader-style uniforms which will have young Hollywood placing their orders right now.

Baseball jackets, striped skirts, hoodies, drawstring pants and basketball shorts were also worked into the sporty theme.

The footwear was far from sporty as models walked the runway in caged heels and Mary Janes.

Sporty messenger bags provided the finishing touches on some of the looks.

Model sported ponytails and their makeup was kept light.

Favourites: Cropped leather jacket with cut-out elbows paired with sheer top and drawstring pants and aqua and lemon dress with striped skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Elle Fanning, Emily Browing, Lea Michele, Leighton Meester, Camilla Belle, Leelee Sobieski, Emma Roberts, Miranda Cosgrove, Jessica Alba, Solange Knowles, Cheryl Cole, Kristen Bell and Chloe Sevigny

21.09.11

Roksanda Ilincic Spring 2012

Roksanda Ilincic’s Spring 2012 presentation was my final show this London Fashion Week.

On my first day working at a fashion house, my director asked me to fetch her a lantern-sleeved dress from the showroom. I had to Google it to figure out what she was talking about, so I found it quite ironic that this collection had many lantern-sleeved looks on display.

Whilst taking a brief trip down memory lane, I found myself falling in love with the knitted beanie hats which added a quirky touch to this sophisticated collection.

Mustard dominated the colour palette alongside an eye-popping bright fuchsia pink and aqua blue. The rest of the colour palette consisted of ivory, grey and navy blue.

This collection represents elegant essentials: sheath dresses, maxis, blouses, and pants which all have a whimsical edge.

Key accessories included knitted beanie hats, rope belts and amazing Nicholas Kirkwood tri-colour ankle strap pumps.

Front Row: Anna Wintour and Poppy Delevigne

Favourites: Pink dress paired with a pink beanie hat and striped and floral print drop-waist maxi dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Leighton Meester, Bonnie Wright, Carey Mulligan, Zoe Saldana, Ginnifer Goodwin, Elisabeth Moss, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Kiera Knightley, Tilda Swinton, Michelle Monaghan, Olivia Palermo, Michelle Obama, Corinne Bailey Rae, Gemma Arterton, Amy Adams, Gwyneth Paltrow and Leighton Meester

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