Alice Temperley got her inspiration from Grace Kelly in High Society and Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface, and it was a another show I would have definitely loved to have seen. The woman portrayed was the type of sexy woman you read about in books from the 1920's! She wore luxurious flowing silks to bed, and also to go out, held a posture of power and all the men lusted after her. Her poise was never broken, and finished off always with deep red lips, a silk head scarf and the occasional over sized sunglasses for the mysterious edge. When she's not in her flowing ballgown of french lace and embroidery, she's in deep dark satin with silky capes catching up behind her, making all the other women jealous!
Erdem Moralioglu's cool blue, dreamy collection is absolutely beautiful. Anais Pouliot, his opening and closing model was the embodiment of a girl, full of innocence, growing up into a gorgeous young woman as the sleeves drop off her shoulders and cotton turns into lace. It makes me think of a girl living by a river, spending time reading under willow trees but being the centre of all the boys attention, like Miss Cecily Cardew in the Importance of being Ernest. Always sweet and innocent to her parents but having fun behind their backs...!
I wish I could have gone to the Giles show, from the photographs its looks absolutely spectacular! The whole metallic backdrop and floor makes the clothes look even more enchanting. The strong theme throughout was swans, as you can see from the amazing headdress the opening model came out in, and the soft mirage like prints on silk blazers and skirts. I love the print so much, especially I love how Giles isnt afraid to keep the vivid orange colour of the swans beak stand out in the prints against the soft beige of the feathers. The other pieces reflect this with the mainly silver and white/nudey hues against pops of red or vivid orange. The sunglasses remind me of swan eyes - beautiful yet slightly scary..! The laser cut out silver dress was just like the invite sent out - it was a silver mask with long cut up strips flowing down from it. And the closing dress and headdress worn by one of my favourite models, Daphne Groeneveld.....wow, amazing.
I hadn't heard of Emilia Wickstead until I read an article about her in the Evening Standard. She's from Australia, and her mother has her own atelier there. Emilia has a small atelier of her own in London where you can have a dress made specifically for you and your bodyshape.
I found her collection at LFW really pleasant and clean with smart little cocktail dresses. At first I expected slightly mumsy stuff considering she dressed many of the royals (who didn't look so brilliant unfortanately) at Catherine and William's wedding, but was surprised at what a good mix of younger and older woman style clothes she presented.
I wish I could have gone to the Mulberry show it looked so cute, look at those little doggies! Also the invite was a ice cream waffle sandwich made of card and foam, and when you opened it up it sang a song and said 'Mulberry invites you to their Spring Summer 2012 show' etc. Then there was an inflatable ring, like the ones you play with in a swimming pool, which said 'Mulberry After Party, 9pm - 1am'. But much more importantly, I would have loved to see the clothes in person - the nude flower appliqué on those shell coloured dresses and jackets is my favourite thing ever! And the shoes! They are the perfect mary jane type platforms.