Photo taken from google, illustration Ana Sofia Alanis
Hello, hello my sweet readers! Fashion Week London is ending today and Milan starts tomorrow! Let Fashion overwhelm my beloved italian city! I still have some posts in the oven about London, this is the first one. The thing about FW is that it all happens so fast and there is so much to cover, that falling behind is inevitable. In my attempts to try to keep up, I have for you 6 shows and one look, very much inspired in the traditional Queen’s Guards. So without further ado, let the round-up begin!
ANTONIO BERARDI S/S 2012
Among the ingredients written in Mr. Berardi’s recipe for his S/S collection were cream, romance, perfect tailoring, color, texture and a touch of futuristic vibe. The result was pure perfection, from the first look, that embellished, panelled gown to the very last. The british designer’s woman is one who has romance written all over, but not the kind of sublte, lovey-dovey romance, but that of a warrior.
He gave us a dramatic and beautiful palette. Cream and silver, then blush and berry red, then off to a more intense one ending with beautifully crafted black dresses. Bodycon ones with baroque hints were everywhere, panelled bodices, flowing gowns, everything adorned with sequins and detailed to the maximun. Those ankle cuff shoes in green and crimson, to die for!
JULIEN MACDONALD S/S 2012
Modern and edgy, that’s the Julien Macdonald girl for the S/S season. Models sported rad sunglasses made by Porsche Design along with slick hair and bright lips on the designer’s runway. A collection of contrasts, leather jackets and skirts, and army caps for the strong woman. Sheer, flowers, shimmer, asian motifs and more for a softer one. Each piece was perfectly executed, we are used to seeing this from him. Loyal to his style, this collection was lavish and ostentatious, like he has always been.
MULBERRY S/S 2012
Over the years, Mulberry has become one of the must-see shows from Fashion Week London, this year was no exception! With the queen of all models, the always fabulous Kate Moss, as one of the front row guests, Emma Hill, the brand’s creative director, gave us more than we expected. She presented a collection that can only be described as lovely. Inspired by the english seaside, we saw long and flowy dresses made out of chiffon and with their fair share of sheer, embellished skirts and short, short, shorts. Everything in soft colors and paired up with a wide range of raincoats, some short, some long, some even cropped. All models sported big, big hair and socks with platform. Fun, playful and pretty, that’s what Mulberry has in store for us for the next season. The bags? They deserve a post of their own.
MATTHEW WILLIAMSON S/S 2012
You know you are big in LFW when you have your majesty, Queen Anna dell Russo as one of your front row personalities. The fabulous and stylish italian and the american stylist, Rachel Zoe, were among the people who gathered at the Tate Modern for Matthew Williamson’s new collection. A wide rage of prints were showcased by the british designer on the runway, embellished gowns in bold colors such as the one worn by one of my favorites, Miss Anja Rubik. He added fringes and sequins to the equation. Overall, a colorful and sophisticated display of fashion!
BURBERRY PRORSUM S/S 2012
I know I am not an acclaimed fashion critic (I will be someday, fingers crossed) but I am entitled to an opinion. The past years I was constantly left drooling with Christopher Bailey’s collections, he always swept me off my feet. If I can be blunt for a second, this year I did not find myself drooling, probably because the designer went on a totally different direction. I think I just need to adjust to Bailey’s proposals.
One of the highlights of the show was definitely the hand-work. We also had african prints, tribal inspired garments, but most importantly the re-invention of the trench coat. Burberry’s classic piece like we have never seen it before.
It’s London time, is also time to have fun. Why not play a little with one of London’s trademarks, the Quuen’s Guard? I could have gone with a red jacket and some black pants but it would have been a little to severe or costumey. So playing only with the colors, I think the result was what I expected, you can tell it’s all about the guards but it’s casual and fun. I chose an ASOS Burgundy blouse with a peplum (my latest obsession from the trends) cinched with an embellished belt from Zara in black (you can trade it for something more jolly if you want). For the bottoms, Zara’s lace shorts underneath the blouse. Go buy them while they still have them, the fit is so nice and they are very resourceful. For the shoes, a style that shoul definitely be inside your closet by now, patent slippers also from Zara. I love the boyish look they give away.
For accessories, this Zara leopard bag is great for the ensemble. I bought it on sale this July, only 30 euros, talk about a baragain! What I like most about it is that it can be used as a shoulder bag or you can hide the strap and use it as a clutch. Since it’s still sunny out there, YSL sunnies from net-a-porter.com. For jewelry, the coveted VANITIES skull bracelet and this beautiful spiked one from Eddie Borgo (he is doing some amazing things).
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So that’s it for today! Tomorrow more from LFW, some leopard and my first impressions from FW Milano. I just got some last minute tickets for a show tomorrow, I’ll let you know how it went!