Red Carpet Fashion Awards

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

22.02.12

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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22.02.12

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

I also attended my first Burberry Prorsum show during Fall 2012 London Fashion Week yesterday.

It is, as you can imagine, the biggest show seen in London both in size and in production value.

The front row was packed with stars from all over the globe who joined us in celebrating this great British brand.

Models took to the runway wearing trench coats, cropped quilted coats, and tweed, fur-accented and wool coats in several different colours. These looks were kept fresh with bow-front ruched belts which accented the waist of nearly every look.

We also saw skirts which either had a swirled panel draped across the front, a peplum detail, or they were fluted in rich textures such as velvet and wool. Tee-shirts with owl motifs, white oversized shirts and fringed looks closed the show.

I loved the accessories, which ranged from studded leather gloves, which everyone tweeted about after the show, tweed baker boy hats, python gloves, quilted clutches adorned with a gold fox or owl heads, lace-up ankle boots, and large totes.

The show ended with a loud rumble of thunder and a crash of lightning inside the venue. As we looked at each other worriedly, a downpour of heavy showers started running down the outside of the greenhouse-styled venue, much to our relief, and we all burst into laughter – even Anna Wintour cracked a rare smile.

Cue models taking to the runway for the finale, carrying umbrellas, and shimmering gold confetti falling to the ground like rain.

Front Row: Alexandra Roach, Kate Bosworth, Mario Testino, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Clemence Poesy, Laura Bailey, Poppy Delevigne, Gabriella Wilde, Sonam Kapoor, Denise Lewis, Donna Air, will.i.am, Alexa Chung, Vivian Hsu, Dongyu Zhou, Giorgia Surina, Ebru Salli, Rae Morris, Amir Khan Jolin Tsai and Girl band ‘Girls Generation’ members Seohyun, Yoona and Tiffany

Second Row: Will Young and Sophie Ellis Bextor

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Kate Bosworth, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Clemence Poesy, Laura Bailey, Poppy Delevigne, Sonam Kapoor, Rachel Bilson, Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz, Kate Beckinsale, Blake Lively, Kirsten Dunst, Alexa Chung, Melanie Laurent, Leighton Meester and Olivia Wilde

Credit: Style.com & Getty

21.02.12

Erdem Fall 2012

Yesterday I attended my first-ever Erdem show, and the experience was just as magical as I had imagined, with power editors Franca Sozzani and Anna Wintour seated directly in front of me.

Erdem’s celebrity fans and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge will be delighted to see that the designers served up ladylike dresses with signature floral prints and plenty of lace.

The florals were more graphic and therefore more vibrant than ever, which will make them stand out more on the red carpet.

Amongst the floral and lace were fit-for-a-Princess tweed pieces and splatter prints.

Laser-cut leather appliqué gave an edge to the pretty pieces and Erickson Beamon for Swaroski Elements added that extra sparkle.

Whilst there was only one gown, there were still many red-carpet options within this collection.

Marc Trinder at Charles Worthington created the models’ super-chic centre-parted buns whilst Andrew Gallimore used MAC cosmetics to apply the wing tips.

Models walked the runway with a collection of Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem pumps and ankle boots in prints from the runway looks.

Nicholas Kirkwood is one of the designers who will be part of this year’s British Designers Collective at Bicester Village.

Front Row: Alexa Chung, Anna Wintour and Franca Sozzani

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Felicity Jones, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen, Leighton Meester, Alexa Chung, Andrea Riseborough, Florence Welch, Kate Bosworth, Anne Hathaway, Tilda Swinton and Carey Mulligan




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