Mulberry Spring 2011

Of all the presentations I’ve attended this week, the Mulberry Spring 2011 presentation was the most fun.

It was held on the roof top of Soho House and we were served champagne and Victoria sponge cakes which came served in a cute floral boxes.

All the models who walked the runway sported red wigs, no doubt a ode to Florence Welch who was front row at the presentation.

Emma Hill was inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden” and the film “Gray Gardens.”

It seems like the Mulberry girl has grown up.

We still saw the girlie dresses we love from Mulberry, but they were mixed with some more formal pieces like a chestnut boucle jacket coordinated with a matching skirts, high-waisted pants and chic trench coats.

The key accessories were the shoes and bags.

Booties, wedges and sandals which all had a wooden sole and were accented with giant studs or oversized buckles.

The Bayswater bag was presented in chestnut alongside an oversized Alexa bag in plum and the Tillie drawstring shoulder bag which came in a pale blue washed denim.

After viewing this collection I’ve grown that much fonder of Mulberry bags. Every season I buy one bags. For Spring 2011 that bag will be the oversized Alexa plum tiger print bag.

Front Row: Florence Welch, Alexa Chung, Anna Dello Russo and Olivia Palermo

Favourites: The plum leather jacket with sateen skirt, the electric blue ensemble above and the all over bow dress which closed the show

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Olivia Palermo, Molly Sims, Emma Stone, Alexa Chung, Florence Welch, Agyness Deyn, Diana Vickers, Cheryl Cole


Vera Wang Spring 2011

Vera Wang’s Spring 2011 draws on an emotional and creative inspiration from Quentin Tatantino’s “Kill Bill”.

It was a fusion of East meets West with a mixture of boyish urban sophistication and romantic otherworldly sensuality.

We saw culottes paired with either structured or loose fitted tops, Japanese silk floral print dresses, kimono blouses, wrap peasant pants and jersey tunics.

Key accessories included super high black and grey peep-toe booties, thick black sumo rope belts and Vera’s trademark statement necklaces.

I loved the obi pieces. Vera wasn’t afraid to go voluminous with her folds in this collection. With every editor in the front row, I can imagine these looks being selected for editorials.

Apart from the floral prints, the tulle layered dresses in spring colours of orange, baby blue and pink would be popular with young Hollywood. I just loved the flowing trains.

The models voluminous buns replaced the Snooki style the models sported during Vera’s Fall 2010 collection.

Front Row: Serena Williams, Zac Posen and Stephanie Pratt

Favourites: Aqua cascade gown and the aqua silk top with the cobalt pleated skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Uma Thurman, Renee Zellweger, Megan Fox, Halle Berry, Mariska Hargitay, Mila Kunis, Jamie Chung, Demi Moore and Hilary Duff


Rachel Roy Spring 2011

Rachel Roy’s Spring 2011 collection was very versatile, wearable with a few red carpet worthy pieces included too.

Her collection embodied modern elegance with fabulous colour combinations and shapes.

With so many collections going neutral, Rachel will add both solids and patterns ranged between bold jewel tones like aqua blue, cobalt, teal and beetroot.

We saw day dresses, cocktail dresses, A-line skirts, pleated skirts, a peplum bustier over cotton shirt paired with cropped pants, two toned jacquard knit dress and tailored jackets.

With the clothes being so bright, there wasn’t much focus on accessories, but the models did all wear Rachel Roy multi-coloured heels.

Rachel Roy also presented a collection of trench coats.

The traditional coat got a make over from the designer.

There was many interesting twist, folds, pleats and one was sequined.

Front Row: Russell Simmons and Tiffani Amber Thiessen

Favourites: Aqua cascade gown and the aqua silk top with the cobalt pleated skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Hilary Rhoda, Tyra Banks, Olivia Palermo, Keke Palmer, Kelly Rowland, Veronica Webb and Michelle Monaghan


Donna Karan Spring 2011

The sand on the runway at the Donna Karan Spring 2011 presentation was clearly an indication to the colour palette for this collection.

Sand, biscuit, nude and light grey made up the colour palette.

The venue was packed and photographers were jostling for a spot but the second Karlie Kloss walked out everything became serene and tranquil.

Each piece was more elegant than the last and felt as light as air as they fluttered down the runway.

We saw off-shoulder gowns with high slits, wrap jackets, red carpet gowns and shirt dresses.

There was a lot of ruching and crushing of the materials to give the pieces a raw natural earthy feel.

The models were fresh faced with slightly tousled updo’s to complete their look.

Key accessories included wooden platformed heels and ethnic bangles.

Front Row: Susan Sarandon, Ashley Greene and Vivian Wu

Favourites: The finale gown and the chiffon dress with the ruffle trims

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Susan Sarandon, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Emmy Rossum, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Aniston and Ashley Greene


Reem Acra Spring 2011

For Reem Acra’s Spring 2011 presentation the designer set about creating a wardrobe for the modern American princess.

Her vintage inspired collection with a modern romance feel had a pale palette which served as a background for cool textures and the bright sparkle of delicate embroideries.

In Reem Acra’s 5th Avenue suite we were presented with a blush pink gown trimmed with feathers and nipped in with a leather belt as we arrived.

This theme of adding a leather belt with gowns continued within this collection.

We also saw day dresses, a flower power jacquard pleated dress, a haltered dress, high-waist pants paired with a racer-back tank and an antique silver mermaid gown with cascading embroidery.

Key accessories included leather belts, statement necklaces and ballerina flats.

Front Row: Kristin Cavallari and Perrey Reeves

Favourites: White high-waisted pants and gold embroidered gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Eva Longoria, Taylor Swift, Perry Reeves, Lea Michele, Selena Gomez, Anika Noni Rose, Emmy Rossum, Katherine Heigl, Penelope Cruz and Rose Byrne