Here it goes again… I’m salivating over the latest beauty trends, hair extravaganza’s and magical masterpieces. It would be hard press to find a more exciting week in my life than London Fashion Week, because YES, I do think we do it best. Not only is it one of the highest profile fashion events in the world, it is one of the ‘big four’ international catwalk influencers. We are only 3 days in, but with so many shows on offer, I thought I would start writing about my favorite ones of the day.
Day 1: It was great to see fellow Aussie’s, Sarah Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton of Sass n Bide taking over the runway at The Royal Opera House. The show was jam packed with celebrities, with the likes of Poppy Delevigne, Peaches Geldof, Paloma Faith and Diane Vickers snapping up the front row seats. Japanese origami cuts, collegiate colour palettes and contrasting textures were the main influences of their Spring/Summer 2012 collection.
The stand out item in my opinion was the chiffon, grecian draped yellow and white boat neck dress, cinched in at the waist with a metallic zig zag printed belt. But that was not the only knock out piece of the collection. By combining the ever-growing trend for maxi skirts and sheer panels, the brains behind Sass n Bide created an eclectic canary yellow, metallic silver maxi skirt divided by black sheer tribal panels. And just in case you thought they were stepping too far from their norm, they kept it very ‘sass n bide’ at the end of the show with their typical fierce gladiator cum dominatrix style. My personal favourite being a black caged bodice adorned with a warrior princess type bib accentuated by a paper-bag waist, metallic gold apron mini skirt. Bravo!
Day 2: The prize for best show was a close call with Ashish, Julien Macdonald, Clements Ribeiro and House of Holland all winning a place in my heart. But a decision had to made and the day belonged to Ashish due to his signature use of sequins and special quirky touches. Who would have thought that daisies spoked into the laces of Bovver boots would look so pretty?? It was evident that flower power was going to be the defining theme of his collection with sunflowers, roses, poppies and pansies all on display.
Models stomped down the runway wearing long sleeve, eye popping daisy print sequin shift dresses, brick printed camisoles, jackets and mini skirts, and flower adorned scarecrow style trousers fastened with white rope. Straw panama hats, boho hair and plum lipstick added a touch of ‘clockwork orange’ to the mix, while chaotic prints and vibrant colours clashed with a whole lot of sparkle to make for a fun-filled, exuberant collection.
Day 3: The enigmatic, cosmopolitan feel to Marios Schwab’s show had the crowd gasping in delight during day 3 of London’s Spring Summer Fashion Week. Femme Fatale, Film Noir and especially seduction were the key elements to his interplay of light and dark, allowing him to reveal yet conceal the female form through his collection. The silhouette of dresses were typically feminine, mainly sleeveless, flattering at the the bust, cinched at the waist and celebrating the beauty of a woman’s curves.
Perforated fabric, patched with segments of solid colour played the biggest part in expressing the essence of a woman. Trousers were kept clean cut and tailored to spice things up with a touch of masculinity while sheer gowns were cleverly teamed with sparkling bodices exuding a double-oh-seven elegance. Here’s to whispering sexy… not shouting it!