Red Carpet Fashion Awards

This morning I got up bright and early for the 9am Peter Pilotto Spring 2011 presentation which was held at the Topshop show space at the old Eurostar Waterloo terminal.

Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos were inspired by Californian retro rock climbers and their colourful sports wear. They also looked to multicoloured muscle illustrations for inspiration.

The duo’s signature prints were refreshing light on a palette of white, eggshell blues, peachy nudes, vibrant electric blue, coral, black white and beige.

I loved the sporty feel of the collection. The parachute silks kind of reminded me of the 80s shell suits, but done is a more sophisticated way.

We were presented with full-length dresses, cropped jackets with sporty panelling and zipper details, knit turtlenecks, drop-waist colour-block dresses, a double zip sleeveless jacket worn as a dress and mini print dresses.

As this collection was about sports and movement, we saw new cuts, longer refined silhouettes and fly away panels to visually illustrate speed.

The key accessories from this collection were the Nicholas Kirkwood heels which either had a hollow heel, print straps or gold details.

I really loved the large gold paper clips which were incorporated into necklines and used buckles.

Favourites: The blue, nude dress above with the pleated skirt and striped knit turtle neck with the matching pants

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Angelina Jolie, Leighton Meester, Chloe Sevigny, Cassie, Marion Cotillard and Isabel Lucas

Richard Nicoll’s Spring 2011 presentation evoked minimal glamour.

This beautiful collection had a certain androgynous feel to it from the models slick back hair to the architectural lines which had a mix of 40s/70s silhouettes.

On a colour palette of black, white, peach and nude we saw boyish jackets, sheer tees with peplums, fitted PVC dresses, leather pants, leather shorts, key hole dresses, pleated tops with billowing capes and dresses layered over sheer pants.

Nearly all the looks had fluid movements as the models stormed the runway.

I was impressed with their ability to create such a dramatic movement until it became apparent that this was created by a wind machine.

Doh…silly me.

This was one of Nicoll’s strongest collection. Its exciting to see him continue to grow as a designer.

Key accessories included Christian Louboutin heels.

Jewels and belt buckles were created by Erickson Beamon using Swarovski elements and Culter and Gross designed the sunglasses also using Swarovski elements.

Front Row: Olivia Palermo

Favourites: Peach pleated mini dress with flowing cape and PVC fitted dress with ruffled collar

Who I see wearing this collection: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Alba, Chloe Sevigny, Lily Allen, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole

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George Gershwin’s classic “Summertime” set the dreamy mood for the Julien Macdonald’s Spring 2011 presentation in London this lunchtime.

Editors and buyers sipped cocktails as the PR girls spritzed perfume in the air before the show.

Once the models hit the runway, I thought the dresses – especially the babydoll dresses – could easily pass for lingerie as they were barely-there, short and very revealing.

Rise and fall hems billowed and fluttered down the runway lighter than air.

The colour palette for this sensual collection was mostly neautral with orange, red, blue and black thrown into the mix.

Apart for the underwear as outer part of the presentation we also saw striped jackets, knit dresses, summery maxi dresses and a lace coat.

The models had big poufy hair and pouty glossy lips.

Front Row: Olivia Palermo, Amber Rose, Elle Macpherson, Cat Deeley and Rachel Stevens

Favourites: Striped sleeveless dress and orange floral dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: WAGs, Cheryl Cole and Paris Hilton

Had Mary Katrantzou’s Spring 2011 presentation not featured her trademark vibrant prints I would’ve been very disappointed.

She didn’t let me down.

Her energetic prints and structured pieces lit up the former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo station this morning.

The show was titled “C’est ci nes pas une Chambre” (This is not a room).

It takes its cue from the surrealist world of Rene Magreitte and inspiration from the graphic interior sets of Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton iconic fashion shoots, to the inner environments found in Architectural digest.

It was like Mary stripped that room to create this collection.

A window frame is focus point on the bodice of each piece creating strong shoulders and providing a great view.

Curtains are used to add flowing movement to structured dress.

Victorian lampshades created tge most beautiful skirts with dangling beaded and crystal details.

Key accessories included candlestick holders as necklaces and Christian Louboutin colourful wedges.

I know we have still have Milan and Paris to go, but this collection will rank in my top 10 of the season.

Breath-taking, colourful and truly memorable.

Front row: Anna dello Russo wearing a Lanvin leopard print dress with Manolo Blahnik heels

Favourites: The lampshade dresses

Who I see wearing this collection: Rihanna, Katy Perry, Fergie, Cheryl Cole, Nicole Roberts, Anna dello Russo

With jet-lag finally catching up with me, I didn’t know how I was going to make it through House of Holland’s Spring 2011 presentation after arriving in London this morning at 7am.

As the music started and the first model took to the runway, it was jet-lag, what jet-lag?

The colour palette was bold and vivid with aquamarine, forest green, ecru, tan and lilac.

Henry Holland’s inspiration was South Beach after dark, 70s disco and Xanadu which was evident from the bold banana leaf prints and metallic pieces.

The collection was called “Something With A Fringe On Top”, so cue models swishing down the runway with fringed dresses and skirts.

Denim was also featured quite a bit with most of it pleated.

His collection was very much for the bad girl who wants to dress sexy and doesn’t like to conform to the rules. This was perfectly epitomized by the ladies in his front row.

Key accessories included cute furry earrings, furry cuffs, printed bags and Charlotte Olympia platform heels.

Front Row: Lily Allen, Amber Rose, Nicola Roberts, Agyness Deyn, Pixie Geldof and Jamie Winstone

Favourites: The denim pinafore accented with stars which was paired with a pleated skirt and the aqua asymmetrical pleated dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Nicola Roberts, Amber Heard, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Zooey Deschanel, Agyness Deyn, Pixie Geldof and Jamie Winstone and Kristen Stewart

Basso & Brooke Spring 2010 collection didn’t disappoint with a beautiful display of colours that make you feel you are looking down the barrel of a kaleidoscope.

Why is it only Katy Perry, Michelle Obama and Little Boots who are brave enough to wear these prints?

Erdem’s Spring 2010 collection was a girlie girls dream with florals, lace and short hemlines.

Check out the Christopher Kane Spring 2010 collection were gingham chiffon and thigh-split dresses were all the rage.

Supermodel Jenny Shimizu looked hugely out of place wearing a black tuxedo.

We’ve already seen Alexa Chung wearing a cute dress from the Luella Spring 2010 collection, but who else will be brave enough to take on this kooky collection?

Tulle-frilled dress, polka dots and bubble cut skirts were all on display.

I see Chloe Sevigny wearing this collection.

The Grecian look was very much the look for Amanda Wakeley’s Spring 2010 collection.

Many model looked like they were draped and wrapped with material creating stunning dresses and bikinis in earthy colours such a burnt orange and sand. Other colours included grey, gold and chocolate.


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