21.09.11

Aquascutum Spring 2012

Aquascutum’s Spring 2012 collection was presented in a beautiful ballroom inside the Corinthia Hotel in London yesterday morning.

Joanna Sykes presented a cool, chic, pretty collection for the woman who doesn’t need to try too hard.

We saw many updated staples like the trench coats which were made of plastic, skirts which were draped and layered to give off an aching cool vibe and a bobble knit cardigan that was paired with a plastic skirt.

Tweed jackets with matching pants, sheer blouses, basic tees, fluid dresses, boxy cropped jackets, lace trim oversized shirts and palazzo pants were presented on a mostly neutral colour palette.

Pops of neon yellow via dresses, tops and shoes ensured the collection didn’t feel too one note.

Key accessories included duffle shaped bags, beach bags with rope handles, and loafers.

Paul Hanlon use L’Oreal products to slick back the model’s hair, whilst Lucia Pieroni created a flawless finish with MAC cosmetics.

Front Row: Kara Tointon (yes Dawn who used to be in Eastenders)

Favourites: Neon yellow dress and silk grey jacket and pants paired with white tee

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Julianne Moore, Diane Lane, Kristen Stewart, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Natalie Massenet, Ashley Greene, Alice St. Clair, Hilary Swank, Helen Hunt, Evan Rachel Wood and Diane Kruger

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20.09.11

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012

Inside the venue for the Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012 presentation we were met by a bed of colourful flowers.

It was, of course, a huge indication of what was in store for this collection.

There was no need for coffee before this 9am show as the array of colours was truly awakening for this fatigued fashion crowd.

Lavender, yellow, orange, purple, pink and green flowers bloomed across structured mini dresses with bubble skirts, pant suits, sweaters, pencil skirts and chiffon tops with a flowing trains.

Other than florals, we saw expressive digital print images of flamingos and other birds on body-conscious silhouettes.

The finale halter dress with an asymmetrical hemline was created using Swarovski Elements which looked really heavy, but the model showcased the dress beautifully.

Christian Louboutin provided colourful heels which complemented not only the collection, but the model’s lip colour too.

Blue continues to be a hot lip colour for Spring 2012. Models at Richard Chai Love also sported this bold lip shade.

Once again we see a purposely messy updo hairstyles on the runway, so we won’t be buying any hairbrushes this coming Spring 2012.

Favourites: Tri-colour floral ensemble and printed dress with asymmetrical hemline and crescent bodice

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Anna Dello Russo, Solange Knowels, Cameron Diaz, Minka Kelly, Kelly Rowland, Florence Welch, Fergie, Tilda Swinton, Shala Monroque, Rosamund Pike and Yasmin Le Bon

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20.09.11

Christopher Kane Spring 2012

Christopher Kane’s Spring 2012 collection continued the 60s revival we have witnessed this Fashion fortnight.

Boxy jackets, sweet shift dresses, tailored shorts, midi-skirts, cigarette pants, house coats and mini-skirts were presented, but the real story was the floral prints.

We saw sky-blue floral brocade prints, multi-coloured floral prints and iridescent floral prints.

The red-carpet-ready looks included a collection of crystal-embellished dresses.

Crystals also appeared on tops, shorts and jeans. I expect to see these worn by the editors next season.

The models would’ve been relieved to wear poolside rubber-soled sandals and sporty plimsolls; some were even decorated with crystals.

Anthony Turner gave the models purposely messy updos, whilst Chantecaille applied the right amount of blusher to give each of them a rosy glow.

Front Row: Kanye West (who I was seated behind), Erin O’Connor, Anna Wintour, Jade Parfitt, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Eliza Doolittle, and Samantha Cameron

Favourites: Sky blue floral skirt and white top and satin dress with crystal embellishements

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Alexa Chung, Anna Paquin, Leighton Meester, Kate Bosworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Emily Browning, Andrea Riseborough, Freida Pinto, Chloe Moretz, Olivia Palermo, Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Jessica Alba, Ashley Olsen, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Yasmin Le Bon and Saoirse Ronan

20.09.11

Antonio Berardi Spring 2012

Antonio Berardi’s Spring 2012 collection proved that the designer continues to focus on empowering women with smart suits and sexy temptress dresses.

In some cases his warrior women looked like they were wearing armour with bold-shouldered cropped jackets, padded shoulders on dresses, blazers and vests, plus embellishments on dresses which looked like body armour.

I loved the romantic baroque prints on several pieces. They made me crane my neck to get a closer look.

For daywear we saw summery, floaty chiffon dresses, fitted dresses, skirt suits, vests paired with cropped fitted pants and embroidered tops, sheer blouses paired with fitted skirts, blazers, jumpsuits and wide-legged pants.

Antonio’s huge celebrity fanbase will love the red-carpet-ready looks which ranged from drop-dead gorgeous gowns to flirty fluid chiffon embellished dresses with rise and fall hemlines. Some of these pieces were paired with bejewelled pants.

Key accessories included Manolo Blahnik ankle boots, belts and clutches which provided pops of green plus ruby red, black and nude.

Favourites: Blush blazer paired with bejewelled pants and red gown with padded shoulders

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Anna Paquin, Leighton Meester, Kate Bosworth, Olivia Wilde, Noomi Rapace, Anna Friel, Poppy Delevigne, Emily Browning, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Renée Zellweger, Eva Mendes and Jessica Alba

19.09.11

Richard Nicoll Spring 2012

Richard Nicoll’s Spring 2012 presentation showcased a beautiful dreamy collection of soft pastel pieces on a baby blue, aqua, pink, black and silver colour palette.

Sheer fabrics were layered to give a long, lean, silhouette.

I loved the babydoll shapes, which would make great red carpet mini dress or they could be worn as tunics with a great pair of pants.

We saw underwear showcased as outerwear, loose fitting pants and tops which had a pyjama-like feel them, plus some floral print pieces which were modern and sleek like the rest of this collection.

From this collection I guess that Richard wants us to be comfortable next Spring whilst still being ultra feminine and sexy.

Sam Bryant used Mac cosmetics to give the models a ‘natural’ fresh skin feel. ‘Stick flicks’ were created by using black eyeliner.

Manolo Blahnik provided the footwear.

Favourites: Plastic t-shirt layered over a vest top and paired with a short skirt and drop-waist aqua maxi dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Kate Bosworth, Leighton Meester, Nicola Roberts, Solange Knowles, Rihanna and Florence Welch

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19.09.11

Mulberry Spring 2012

Mulberry’s Spring 2012 presentation took place yesterday with two showings in the morning.

As we waited to enter the venue we were treated to ice cream and bottles of pink lemonade which came courtesy of a Mulberry branded vintage ice cream van.

Upon entering the Claridges ballroom it felt like we were walking into a fantasy land full of blow up animals and model ice cream cones.

The next room was the runway decked out like an English beach with sparkling pier lights and fun fair models with “I do like to be beside the seaside” playing in the background.

The collection had a sportswear meets vintage feel with colourful pieces we could wear right now.

We saw hooded trenches, layered sheer long skirts, leggings under dresses, drawstring shorts, column dresses, maxi dress, skirts, macs, gold windbreakers and cropped jackets.

The striped candy pink, mint green and lemon sherbet pieces reminded me of a Twister ice lolly. The rest of the colour palette included fudge, marshmallow white plus navy, black and gold.

The models walked down the runway with Barbarella teased tresses by Sam McKnight. Mathias van Hooff ensured the models has a dewy English Rose glow.

Key accessories were of course the bags which included a brand new Travel Collection. The Alexa and Lily bags were updated with cute teddy rivets and twist locks.

For your pooch keep them warm and dry with a Doggy Rain Mac in blue or lemon sherbet.

Front Row: Kate Moss, Kristen Stewart, Laura Bailey, Olivia Palermo, Erin O’Connor and Eliza Doolittle

Favourites: Multi-coloured animal print dress and collarless tan leather jacket with wheat strapless tulle dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Nicola Roberts, Solange Knowles, Olivia Palermo, Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Doolitte, Imogen Poots, Kelly Brook, Teresa Palmer, Thandie Newton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Rebecca Hall, Sarah Jessica Parker, Joanna Hillman, Katherine Jenkins, Gemma Arterton and Miranda Kerr

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