Red Carpet Fashion Awards

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

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

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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)

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




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