Fendi autumn/winter 2011 collection at Milan Fashion Week

You wouldn’t have expected the master couturier Karl Lagerfeld to have designed this collection for the Fendi auutmn/winter 2011/12 show but you can get an understanding of what he, and design partner Silvia Venturini Fendi, were attempting to achieve; day time glamour for those city chic women who want to wear oversized clothing to hide their ‘mummy-tums’ and more, but also stay stylish and bang on-trend.

Models were flanked in fur and layers in earthy tones, and adorned ribbed tights in cream, mustard and red to compliment skirts; fur ‘bibs’ and chiffon blouses – with what looked like paint-flick effect – were teamed with skirts and trousers and under dresses.

Comfortable knitted sweater pants matched with turtle neck jumpers and a huge flannel mustard coat, were complimented with Mary Jane heels and scraped back hair: sounds awful but looked hot-as-hell.

And for evening wear, dresses were turned back to front highlighting the sweetheart neckline on backs; and as the show ended Lagerfeld sent out a Victorian style gown, split down the back, with a sexy ruffle at the front showing his traits were still en-vogue.



Ashish autumn/winter 2011 collection

‘Holy moly’ should have been the slogan of the day as Ashish closed London Fashion Week with his autumn/winter 201/12 collection to a roar of cheers from VIP guests such as Amber Rose and Paloma Faith, fashion editors, press and photographers.

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Instead jumpers emblazoned with slogans such as ‘Teen Idol’, ‘Hard Times’ and ‘Holy Crap’ were sewn across knitted sweaters with huge holes in them.  Alongside this were oversized tartan checked dresses, shirts, trousers and jackets that paid homage to the 70s polished-punk heyday. Forget the usual king of sequinned-bling, Ashish was bringing home the punk era: dresses were slashed and brogue shoes tipp-ex’d and studded, with safety pins adorning denim jackets.

The colour palette consisted of mustard yellow, reds, blue, greens and lilacs, and poked fun at the ‘establishment’ with Union Jack T-shirts, tank tops and shorts.

Dame Viv would be proud…

Mary Katrantzou autumn/winter 2011 collection at LFW

As the final day of London Fashion Week drew to a close for women’s wear, the (fabulous) digital print demonstrator that is Mary Katrantzou got ready for her 9.45am roll call to show off her eagerly anticipated autumn/winter 2011/12 collection.

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As you would expect there were plenty of clashing prints and bold colours, but the theme this time was drawn more towards an eastern Chinese style rather than the signature digital prints. Models dresses were structured with exaggerated shoulders and lamp shade-style skirts, and bodice’s that were intricatly fitted to the models shapes and sizes, but still displayed breathtakingly beautiful illustrations. These consisted of what I would call 80s china plates, or to be more specific, Meissen porcelain – Faberge eggs and ancient Corommandel screens.

Colours were bright and threw everything from one spectrum to another together. Purple hues, golds, creams and pale pieces stood out; along with thin mesh floral print long-sleeved tops worn under dresses and accessorised with matching tights. Clothes were layered together over trousers, jackets and skirts and gave a nod of appreciation as this once dress-making student (from Central Saint Martin’s) new collection now shone in the limelight.

Fabulous and fun, Mary Katrantzou is one to watch for the foreseeable future…

Erdem autumn/winter 2011 collection at LFW

With the PM’s wife Samantha Cameron taking front row for Erdem, all eyes were on the ‘King of mis-matched prints’ to see what he would produce. However, as she looked on with delight as a long line of extremely elegant flowing shift dresses, silk shirts – which were buttoned to the neck – and floor length silk column skirts passed by, we could see he did not disappoint.

This season models adorned plain and floral prints in oranges, yellows and inky blues alongside pink raw silk with black lace overlays, and smudged jersey turtle necks under soft tailored suits.

Accessories consisted of  mary jane block heeled shoes, lace-up ankle boots and elbow length gloves which matched the models dresses.

Wearable and luxurious I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a waiting list already…

Richard Nicoll autumn/winter 2011 collection at LFW

Minimalistic but modern was the look of the evening as Richard Nicoll sent his models down the catwalk at Old Billingsgate Market yesterday.

The usually colourful designer toned down his signature block colour hues – a move he started to make via his spring/summer collection in September last year – for more earthy tones instead in mustard, camel and white. However, there were flashes of vibrant tango orange; but the rest was a surge towards black with PVC and wet-leather looking pieces. Soft tailoring ensued with dresses that were cut short at the front with a long flowing tails, whilst jackets and tops appeared oversized, circa 1990.

The centre piece of the show though had to be his luxe bomber jackets and Parkas with raised collars, which fanned from shoulder to shoulder, and revealed a luxury style gold lining. I’m betting that will be chic and warm come next winter…

Matthew Williamson autumn/winter 2011 collection at LFW

It’s fantastic to see after this season’s (current) boring camel and plain hues, that next season is set to be a colourful winter, and Matthew Williamson’s autumn/winter 2011 show was no exception.

The designer, known for dressing the hottest A-list stars – showed a spectrum of neon hues in vibrant pinks, oranges and primary reds which steamed from silk leopard print trousers to Aztec inspired wool knit coats and skirts; alongside this was an array of grey, white and black crochet dresses with feather tassels and oversized cape coats. Flashes of canary yellow, camel and digital prints also made an appearance as model sashayed down in dresses plus oversized fur gilets: colourful and quirky, this was Williamson at his best.

Front row followers for the show also included Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, Poppy Delevingne and new French Vogue Editor Emmanuelle Alt.

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Clements Ribeiro autumn/winter 2011 collection at London Fashion Week

Trundling across town I arrived at THE SHOW SPACE yesterday evening to view the autumn/winter 2011 Clemets Ribeiro show, in Northumberland Avenue, WC2N.

Clements Ribeiro autumn/winter 2011 collection

Clements Ribeiro autumn/winter 2011 collection

The event space is spectacular, and a fabulous place to hold an elegant soiree, so with that in mind as I entered the show, I grabbed a gin and rose-water cocktail as the lights dimmed and the show started. 

As the Victorian music bellowed loudly across the intimate room, the sound echoed for all to hear. Models came out in an array of leopard print dresses and skirts, but the pattern seemed to merge from the aforementioned into a baroque style. This faded look was shown on an array of dresses and midi-skirts and looked fabulous with the bare legs and Charlotte Olympia heels.

Military pieces were also key as coats displayed a frogging element, which also appeared on cardigans on models shoulders. Floral beading was also big – which was similar to pieces seen at House of Holland and Mulberry (this morning) – as well as the ruffled and high Victorian neck pieces, but it was also the choice of colourings that made the collection more alluring: golds, deep maroons and royal blues.

Models also adorned minimal make-up and side parted ponytails with back-combed ends – reminiscent of the Victorian era.