Red Carpet Fashion Awards

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

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)

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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

Marios Schwab’s Spring 2011 started with the sound of bikes revving before Nirvana “Smells like teen spirit” starting playing.

From the camisole dresses, to the choppy wigs and chunky Ergun Dundar ankle boots it smells more like Courtney Love.

The collection had a soft romantic side against a structured utilitarian spirit.

The romance came from the fluid silks and lace trims with the harder edge coming from the leather harnesses and tattooed images of snakes and symbols.

Apart from the dresses we saw tattooed leggings, fitted shift dresses and leather pants.

Favourites: tan leather dress and sleeveless dress with tattoo print top

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Courtney Love, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Jessica Alba and Rihanna

Antonio Berardi’s Spring 2011 collection was toned down from the uber sexy dresses he normally presents.

On this occasion everything was more ethereal and romantic.

This was never more evident on the rose bud appliqués which adorned the designs creating a feminine feel.

If you are still looking for a sexy dress from Berardi, he did present some fitted LBDs with cut out or plunging necklines.

The colour palette included fuschia pink, baby pink, black, white, silver and khaki green.

I loved the details and the stand out colours in this splendid collection.

Front Row: David Gandy and Anna Dello Russo

Favourites: Pink rise and fall dress with a silver cropped jacket and mini fuschia pink dress with rose bud appliqués.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kyra Sedgwick, Victoria Beckham, Katie Cassidy, Ginnifer Goodwin, Taylor Swift, Sandra Bullock, Diane Kruger and Kate Walsh

Despite our dreary weather we sure know how to do colour in London.

Whilst New York Fashion Week gave us lots of nude and neutrals, London is bold and colourful.

Christopher Kane’s Spring 2011 presented a fun collection of neon colours of yellow, orange, pink and green.

He mixed simple silhouettes with futuristic colours and bold prints.

Soft lace, jersey prints, laser cut leather and argyle tops were presented with signature ‘sexy as hell’ Giuseppe Zanotti heels with the same neon colour palette.

If anyone pairs these pieces with black pumps I’m going to lose my mind.

Yet again this is one of my favourites of the season.

Front Row: Yasmin le Bon, Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld

Favourites: the neon yellow lace dress and the pink dress withe the embroidered details

Who do I see wearing this collection: Leighton Meester, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Rihanna, Jamie Winstone, Emma Watson, Daisy Low




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