Spring/Summer 2012 certainly didn’t last very long in London this time round with just a five-day stint ending with a menswear spectacular at Somerset House on Wednesday 21 September 2011.
Attracting a celebrity clad front row which included Kelly Brook, Pixie Geldoff, Jaimie Winstone, , Nicola Roberts, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, et al plus a barrage of US stars such as Olivia Palermo, Kanye West and Whitney Port alongside Anna Wintour, it was an amazement that the fashion pack actually made it to approx 18 shows per day, which were located all across London town.
Unlike New York’s sport lux appeal there was no real one trend that designers stuck to, or that run steadily throughout the corse of the ‘fashion week’, instead was a variety of trends that ranged from metallic hues at Mulberry, GILES, Gasper Garvida and Topshop alongside quirky, geometric, digital and floral prints at Holly Fulton, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou and PPQ to name a few; mainly concentrating on trousers and dresses.
Apart from embellishment (ASHISH) and a mixture of yellow shades (Nicole Farhi), cut out detailing was also key (Jaeger London).
For next season the autumn/winter 2011 fetish theme seems to have been replaced by mocha and pale coloured PVC, as seen at Marios Schwab, Antonio Berardi and Richard Nicoll.
Palettes of pastels such as sugar-coated almonds, candy floss pink, duck egg blue and a variety of pale hues were painted on pieces at Christopher Kane, Roksanda Ilincic and Issa – who also joined in with pastel ice-cream and leaf prints inspired by Danielle Helayel’s Brazilian roots and carnival theme.
Pretty prim staples also made a comeback alongside summer knits which were shown at Caroline Charles, Paul Smith, Pringle of Scotland and Burberry, whilst Acne and designers such as Peter Pilotto showed fuller skirts reminiscent of 1950s glamour.
Sport lux did make an appearance though showing at Jean-Pierre Braganza styling tailored jackets mixed with harem style pants, whilst racer back tops, mesh overlay and cut out inserts on dresses were all apparent at Aquascutum and Clements Ribiero.
Accessory wise just as long as you are sporting a straw boater hat, fedora or embellished bib necklace you definitely will be heading in the right direction.
To end fashion week presenter Fearne Cotton decided to show her 6th collection for online store Very.co.uk. Attending front row was BFF Holly Willoughby, Whitney Port, Tom and Dougie from McFly along with Myleene Klass and Sarah Cawood. Fearne’s collection was summary, quirky and fun showing off a silk violet full length maxi – which she adorned – embellished cocktail dress with black and silver sequins, plus a mixture of day wear pieces as which included pussy bow blouses, slightly flared trousers and single breasted pinafore dresses with oversized gold buttons amongst other pieces. All extremely wearable and affordable too…