London Fashion Week (opens): Caroline Charles spring/summer 2012

London Fashion Week was officially opened this morning by London’s mayor Boris Johnson, with the British Fashion Council once again setting up home – and hosting – at Somerset House.

Apart from Paul Costello (whom let his six sons model on the catwalk) and Corrie Nielsen, whom showed her collection under an installation of amazing glass lighting, only Caroline Charles has shown so far, producing a wonderful Riviera inspired collection which included an array of boating hats, panama’s and sleek summer dresses.

Charles opened her show with a selection of navy, coral and orange wool trouser suits that were nipped in at the waist and added a certain Chanel-esque appeal, reminiscent of what mademoiselle Coco Chanel herself might adorn, especially when the skirt suits came out and were paired with short lace gloves and straw hats.

Next Charles focused on smart day wear that would be extremely appealable for work wear, alongside a selection of pearl beaded shirts, silk jumpsuits with spot patterns also mixing in flared palazzo pants and collar-less jackets. After this came evening wear which was a mixture of sequined print snake print dresses, with dropped hems along with beaded or sequined tunics and trouser combinations. Finally the designer ended her show with a combination of beaded jackets that dazzled in the catwalk lights in a more monochrome and navy palette. A certain hit for the French Riviera next summer….

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