19.09.11

Issa Spring 2012

Before the Issa Spring 2012 presentation there was talk of Pippa Middleton attending.

Thankfully she didn’t attend because that way we could concentrate on this beautiful colourful collection.

Daniella Helayel transported us to Rio de Janeiro with a collection which was full of tropical colours, print motifs and fun, flirty fabrics.

Bootylicious bathing suits were showcased alongside sexy fringed cocktail dress, prim day dresses, signature figure-flattering shift dresses, maxi dresses, kaftans, sweaters and jumpsuits.

Milliner Stephen Jones created the fascinators and Aquazzura provided the strappy sandals.

Samantha Hillerby at Toni & Guy recreated bouncy glossy locks a la Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, whilst Kay Montano at D+V management made up the models using Eudora.

Front Row: Tinchy Stryder and Camilla Al Fayed

Favourites: Tropical print jumpsuit and blue gown with feather accents

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Pippa Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Rose Byrne, Oliva Palermo, Jessica Alba, Princess Eugenie, Gabrielle Union, Bonnie Wright, Taylor Swift, Anna Kendrick, Christina Applegate, Louise Roe, Nicola Roberts and Eva Mendes

Credit: Style.com

18.09.11

Jonathan Saunders Spring 2012

Jonathan Saunders’ Spring 2012 tropical colour palette which had me in a trance from look 1.

The fruity collection mixed neon pink, lime green, lemon and orange with paisley prints which is fast becoming the designers’ signature.

I’m certain we will see Samantha Cameron wearing this collection as the designer served up many Lady-like pieces which would be perfect for her formal occasions.

Among the ultra-feminine dresses we saw silky tops, 50s-style full skirts, satin pants, lightweight colourful blazers paired with ombre print dress, sheer chiffon cami’s were paired with satin midi skirts.

For the red carpet we saw a sexy black long sleeve embroidered dress which also came in a full-length white version. The final white dress with chiffon sleeves deserves to be worn by someone statuesque like Erin O”Connor or Tilda Swinton.

The models tresses were perfectly coiffed by Paul Hanlon for Fekkai whilst the MAC team applied wing-tipped eyeliner.

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Christian Louboutin provided the wedges and sandals which were just as colourful as the collection.

Front Row: Olivia Palermo, Erin O’Connor, Jade Parfitt, Ellie Goulding and Genevieve Jones

Favourites: Blue and yellow ombre dress and Ombre halter top paired with paisley print pants

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Samantha Cameron, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Jade Parfitt, Erin O’Connor, Anna Friel, Freida Pinto, Genevieve Jones, Emilia Clarke, Jessica Alba, Olivia Palermo, Yasmin Le Bon, Amber Le Bon, Emma Watson, Kate Bosworth, Thandie Newton, Claudia Schiffer, Leighton Meester, Elizabeth Olsen, Ellie Goulding and Sarah Jessica Parker

Credit: Style.com & Shoes images belong to Red Carpet Fashion Awards

18.09.11

House Of Holland Spring 2012

The House of Holland Spring 2012 presentation was a lot of fun.

Henry Holland has quite a following, and I’m not referring to the celebrities as I spotted at least 8 women of all ages wearing the designers’ signature patchwork print Fall 2011 pieces in the audience.

This Spring collection was dominated by prints; plaid, cow and python on a pastel colour palette of mint, lilac, apricot and French navy.

We saw shirts with different colour cuffs and collars, python bra’s, mesh vests, pleated plaid skirts, jumpsuits, drop-waist dresses with pleated skirts, asymmetrical dresses, metallic mesh dresses and python pants with zipper accents which had Jamie Winston saying, “f***ing hell, they’re awesome.”

Some of these pieces were paired with metallic chunky knits, because we’re not always guaranteed a summer here in blighty.

Key accessories included python belts with a gold padlock; Nicholas Kirkwood for House of Holland python print heels, Kim West latex bras and pants.  Katie Hillier created the bags and the jewlery and House of Holland for Pretty Polly provided the fish-net tights and socks.

Front Row: Eliza Doolittle, Nicola Roberts (didn’t get the orange memo), Jamie Winston and Pixie Geldof.

Favourites: Plaid jacket and pleated skirt and ombre cow print drop-waist dress with pleated skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Jamie Winston, Eliza Doolittle, Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe, Lily Allen, Pixie Lott, Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Fergie, Rihanna, Agyness Deyn, Katy Perry, Leigh Lezark and Fearne Cotton

18.09.11

Julien Madonald Spring 2012

Normally I’m too jet-lagged after New York to enjoy London Fashion Week, but Julien Macdonald’s Spring 2012 powerful bold collection erased the sleep from my eyes yesterday morning.

The first part of the presentation showcased military inspired pieces with square top military hats, boyish blazers, waistcoats and waistcoat dresses which were layered with crisp white shirts, dresses, fitted pants and nude leather quilted jackets.

A lot of these pieces were backless to provide a sexy edge.

Chinese prints and colourful knits followed before a succession of glamorous looks.

The cocktails dresses and gowns shimmered with beaded details and swayed with metallic tassels.

High octane gowns followed. Sheer gowns with the winged feathered embroidered details which are very Givenchy-esqe followed a bright canary yellow haltered gown and a silver metallic backless halter.

Key accessories included Porsche Design sunglasses, Breitling watches, platform heels and silver metal belts which toughed up most looks and played to the military theme.

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Martin Cullen for L’Oreal Paris created the wet-look tightly pinned hairstyles sported by the models with black, red or white paint. Miranda Jones and her L’Oreal Paris team applied that beautiful bold ruby red lip colour.

Front Row: Rosario Dawson, Alesha Dixon, Bianca Jagger, Eliza Doolittle and Lorraine Kelly (yes that Lorraine Kelly from GMTV).

Favourites: Chinese print halter dress with handkerchief hemline and leather quilted jacket with sweater and black skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Rihanna, Jade Parfitt, Pixie Geldof, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elle Macpherson, Olivia Wilde, Keira Knigthley, Heidi Klum, Shingai Shoniwa, Jessica Alba, Minka Kelly and Beyonce Knowles

Credit: Style.com & Red Carpet Fashion Awards

24.02.11

Aquascutum Fall 2011

I only attended one show during London Fashion Week and that was Joanna Sykes’ first presentation for Aquascutum.

Like Burberry and Mulberry, Aquascutum is a much cherished British brand so the pressure would have been on Joanna to deliver.

She did as she gave us many basis with modern unpretentious twists.

We saw lots of forever statement pieces, clean line, sharp cuts and a playful mix of textures and colours.

Bold colours like orange and vivid blue were presented alongside black and some neutral colours.

Tailored pants, skirts, blouses, knit sweaters, shearling trimmed jackets and a black oversized jumpsuit were presented in this collection.

The key theme of this collection was layering as shorts were paired with dresses and one look had a cropped blazer over a longer blazer.

Front Row: Samantha Cameron

Favourites: Orange sweater and peach skirt with white coat plus black oversized jumpsuit

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Alexa Chung, Kristen Stewart, Lily Donaldson and Daisy Lowe

Soundtrack: Lykke Li I – I Follow Rivers (remix)

21.09.10

Jonathan Saunders Spring 2011

I loved every since piece from Jonathan Saunders Spring 2011 collection.

The pretty flared short dresses and skirts were so adorable and were further emphasized with a thin belt.

The colour-blocking gave us interesting colour combinations and also included prints.

I love how the printed chiffon dresses and skirt floated down the runway.

We also saw starched shirts, haltered tops and cocktail dresses.

Each model had a bouncy ponytail and voluptuous bold red lips.

Christian Louboutin provided the perfectly colour-blocked heels to go with the colourful dresses.

I adore the heels with the pretty bows.

Front Row: Olivia Palermo

Favourites: Strapless colour-block pencil dress and yellow halter chiffon dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana and Thandie Newton