Celeb-fav Mulberry got the third day at London Fashion Week off to a great start. Unsuspecting every year Mulberry always give out their canvas totes to press at Somerset House and stupidly enough I have never noticed that as press always receive it on the first day of fashion week it always has some nod to their collections. This time a huge golden-haired monster adorned the tote and as beforehand press, buyers, celebrities and clients all received the giant A4 style golden key invites, this was to actually help them unlock their way into a mystical monster’s lair which had been set up in Claridges Ballroom.
The collection consisted of yeti style coats and gilets, warm and cosy knits, tiger prints, teddy bear coats and baseball jackets; this epitome of fun all in fur textures, mysterious prints, beautiful cuts and romantic layers – silk, lace trim and voluminous soft fabrics. Evening wear was bright and glam with sweetheart neckline cocktail dresses complete with lace décolletage.
FROW guests included Lana Del Rey, Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen, Bill Nighy, Lou Lesage, Olivie Palermo, Tinie Tempah, Michelle Dockery, Tom Hiddleston, Leigh Lezark and Azealia Benks amongst others as guests walked out to post-show bacon butties and bloody mary drinks; a perfect way to start Sunday morning.
Moving swiftly on towards lunchtime designer Marios Schwab delighted guests with his take of the femme fatale. Creating 1920s style clothing and listening to an orchestrated violin concerto Schwab sent models down the catwalk in elbow length gloves, cloche and wide-brimmed hats (supplied by milliner Philip Treacy) alongside fitted day dresses. Pencil skirts with sheer blouses tucked in then ensued with a selection of shiny trench jackets while roll neck jumpers with cut out lace pieces followed. However, it was evening wear where Schwab excelled showing a dark themed ‘under the sea’ style collection on floor length gowns which were draped in metallic swirl prints, sea shells and sequins with sheer black material to cover them all in palette of seaweed green, rose-pink and rusted red as the style then changed to white and nude body sculpted gowns with Swarovski crystals.
British heritage designers Vivienne Westwood and Sir Paul Smith then ensued showing a delightful mix of clashing fabrics and colours (including tartan), and sturdy tailoring.
Next up was designer Jonathan Saunders whose tightly edited collection consisted of harlequin checked trousers and skirts in plum and black, 3-D padded cropped jackets in chocolate hues and day dresses in larger checked dark green and black styles. He also brought in quirky sportswear including cashmere V-neck jumpers, pleat-skirted fitted dresses, shorts, tailored jackets all complete with visors.
Matthew Williamson rounded up the third day of London Fashion Week by celebrating 15 years in the industry. For autumn/winter 2012/13 Williamson clearly took inspiration from those around him such as celebrity pals Kate Moss and Sienna Miller whom the designer has gown up with, therefore so has their wardrobe and to which the designer has catered for. To start models adorned bronze lamé tailored trousers (reminiscent of their disco hey-days) and plain silk tees which were matched with oversized fur coats which had circles of mint green and navy hues cut out. The collection then took a fun twist showing evening wear dresses with sheer bejewelled tops thrown over and shirts with lace panels tucked into metallic skirts, with paisley print trousers for the boho chic whom still loves to party.
For the grown up woman there was a selection of black tailored suits with metallic thread sewn in and fabulous maxi dresses with shattered glass, phoenix and golden rose and rope prints in rich reds and oranges. Bright colours were also big as Williamson used an array of sky blue, turquoise and olive greens.