Recently I attended the Starworks Press Preview in London.
I always make a beeline for the Nicholas Kirkwood section, but they featured many other brands including Atelier Swarovski, Hogan, Hudson, Jonathan Saunders, Julien Macdonald, Kate Spade, Marios Schwab, Peter Pilotto, Pollini, Roksanda Ilincic and Trilogy.
The new brands I was introduced to on this occasion were Mother of Pearl, Vilshenko, Claudia Schiffer and Lily Allen’s Lucy in Disguise.
The Lucy in Disguise Fall 2011 collection wasn’t allowed to be photographed, but I can tell you that Lily is expanding into ready to wear with a capsule collection for Fall. The vintage inspired collection included a gorgeous nude long sleeve dress and 40s style tea dresses.
Lucy in Disguise will launch in various stores worldwide this summer. In the UK it will be sold exclusively at Harvey Nichols and the Lucy In Disguise London store. Shopbop.com will stock the collection from June.
The Mother of Pearl Fall 2011 collection features ‘model off duty’ sports-luxe pieces with colour-blocking, slogan and unique prints.
Designer Maia Norman collaborated with British artist Keith Tyson on five prints for this collection.
Key pieces include tee shirts with 3 prints, silk dresses, knitted unisex sweaters, sporty polo shirt style tops, dresses with removable quilted linings and leather raincoats on a colour palette of cream, navy, red and grey.
Pierre Hardy collaborated with Mother of Pearl to create two sneakers with Keith Tyson prints and two colour-block wedges.
The Vilshenko Fall 2011 collection is designed by Russian-born Olga Vilshenko.
Olga takes traditional Russian folklore colours and prints and gives them a modern Western luxurious twist.
The collection includes a jacquard wool jacket with suede details and fox fur sleeves, a Russian style silk printed dress, embroidered silk dresses, long pleated skirts, fine wool blazers, a sheepskin coat with leather details, sweaters, carrot pants, silk blouses and fur trimmed waistcoats.
Claudia Schiffer becomes the latest celebrity to start her own fashion line.
Her cashmere Fall 2011 collection includes boyfriend sweaters, fitted knit dresses, knit capes, leather leggings and oversized cardis. Basically it’s a collection of pieces we often see Schiffer wearing everyday in London on the school run.
The collection is full of cozy elegant everyday pieces which will be available on Net-A-Porter.com this Fall.
Kate Spade’s Fall 2011 accessories caught my eye because of the dazzling statement necklaces, pink clutches and glitter pumps, but she also presented more classic black and white accessories, pearls and Jackie O style sunglasses.
Swarovski collaborated with leading designers to create exquisite and cutting-edge pieces for their Atelier Swarovski collection.
For Fall 2011 costume designer Cate Adair, designers Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane, artist Ark Levy and jewellery designers Rodrigo Otazu and Lesly Vik Waddell each created unique crystallized pieces into chic accessories which Mary Katrantzou incorporated into her runway show.
Starworks also showcased the many designers including Giles, House of Holland, Marios Schwab, Erdem, Richard Nicoll and Mary Katrantzou who incorporated Swarovski elements into their Fall 2011 pieces.
I can imagine Rihanna performing in that stunning piece by Georgia Hardinge during the Grammy’s.
Nicholas Kirkwood continues to produce luxurious shoes and bags for Pollini which are classic with an edge, combining Kirkwood’s British influences with Pollini’s Italian heritage.
The muted palette is injected with touches of electric blue, mint green and fuchsia on leather and suede.
Much like his own line, Pollini has its own celebrity fans including Vanessa Hudgens, Alicia Keys and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Nicholas Kirkwood’s Fall 2011 collection incorporated his trademark curved platform sole, to more simple classic platform pumps.
My favourite from this collection was gold Moroccan heel with its baroque design in the first picture, but I also loved the quirkiness of the black ankle boot dubbed the ‘Don King’, because of its black and white mane.
I saw many ankle boots. I particularly loved the black ankle boots with the glittered trim and the brown suede ankle boots with the sculptural heel.
Other key pieces include the sexy slingback with the navy pearl accents in the platform, the floral pumps with the gold platform and the black ankle boot with the Mongolian lamb fur trim.
The collection also showcased the shoes Kirkwood created for Rodarte, Erdem and Peter Pilotto’s Fall 2011 collections.