An army of fashionistas’ descended on London last week, marching into town for London Fashion Week A/W 2012. Notebooks, ipads and Blackberrys’ poised, London transformed into a hive of beautiful people clicking up a stylish storm. This season more shows than ever were streamed live online, transmitted to the masses across the globe. As always there were a few truly exceptional shows that stood head and shoulders above the crowd. Burberry Prorsum summoned the fashion gods to provide a dramatic end to an impressive show. As a procession of beautiful models strutted down the catwalk under statement umbrellas and a sprinkling of faux snow, right on que an almighty crash of thunder unleashed the rain outside. Leaving guests including the formidable Anna Wintour suitable impressed.
Image from Burberry.
But back to the fashion, Burberry delivered a striking collection of reworked classics in their trademark quirky english style. Hybrid combinations included an inspired tweed jacket/ classic trench coat, a rich velvet traditional style wax jacket and a chic padded a-line coat with contrasting belt providing a fresh and innovative spin on the heritage brand we know and love.
Holly Fulton produced another beautiful collection in her trade mark art deco style. This season Holly used a limited colour pallet of vibrant fuschia pink and electric turquoise blue on a subtle black background. Traditional geometric prints were teamed with softer, botanic inspired designs giving the collection an exotic, luxurious feel. Holly focused on form-fitting silk shift dresses, printed trousers which I predict will be a big trend this A/W (team with a slim knit polo neck and bold embellished necklace to complete the look) and cleverly cut pieces revealing just enough flesh to be naughty but nice.
Mark Fast once again demonstrated his legendary flare, constructing almost every conceivable garment out of knitwear. Highlights included an icy grey long-line backless dress with plait detail and thigh high front split. The show closed with breathtakingly intricate crocheted, barely there cocktail dress- nearly as impractical as they were beautiful.
Marios Schwab opened with a series of seductive day dresses in a neutral colour pallet, punctuated with flashes of green silk. Brocade like embroidery brought to life the sleek, simple lines and turned the humble shift dress into a statement piece. Layers of wafer thin chiffon cascade from heavily embellished skin-tight tops, creating the most beautiful evening gowns. The whole collection was full of historical references from the 1940’s femme fatale slanted hats to the exaggerated contour lines giving the evening dresses a vintage corsetry/lingerie feel.