From flouncy florals at Nina Ricci and Cacherel, to pale pastels at Roland Mouret, Dior and Alexander McQueen, there were some cute feminine pieces at Paris Fashion Week – much less about the punchy digital floral prints of London and more focused on some Parisian romance, with references to yester-years from almost puritanical cuts to 1940s and 1950s lady-like silhouettes.
Pics: Elle + Telegraph.
Despite plenty of exciting new arrivals in stores, it’s hard to shop for sugary pastels and summer dresses at the moment in icy London. I expected to be equally (temporarily) unexcited by summery floral prints but have unexpectedly fallen for Hawaiian prints, inspired by Stella McCartney’s designs.
Warehouse has a cracking black shift dress, which, paired with black tights and ankle boots will be as handy in the cold as in the springtime. The t-shirt style tops are also incredibly versatile with a contrasting simple knit and, well the Zara skirt is just for summer but I fell in love with it.
It was a matter of time. When has there ever been a winter without flowers in the fashion world? However, we’re focusing on the moody purple flowers at Erdem and Christopher Kane. Yummy.
We’ve already waxed lyrical about Mr Kane (no encouragement needed) and I am crossing my fingers that the high street takes notes and produces lots of pretty purple florals for tough girls this coming winter. I also loved the Japanese-look flowers on the beaded black dress. Behold the wonder…
At Erdem lace gowns met cocoon coats Peggy Guggenheim style (apparently). As expected there were plenty of sexy florals with lace prints that were not in the least bit sugary, mainly thanks to the structured shapes.
Check out our take on the LFW trends here!
2012 is the year of ‘Tangerine Tango’ and we spotted a lot of orange on the catwalk in London.
I am lusting after a punchy orange coat from Acne. Soft peachy hues contrasted with the strict minimalist aesthetic of the SW12/13 collection, which featured constricting wide belts and stiff leathers next to soft and sporty tailored separates. Pistachios, sky blue and neutrals made up the bulk of the collection. We particularly liked the zip detailing and trousers made of joined panels.
Over at Jonathan Saunders there was an abundance of tangerine/vermillion with check and graphic floral patterns, structured belts and sexy sheer panels incorporated into traditionally-shaped a-line skirts and dresses. The biggest USP though was Saunders’ clever and subtle use of different textures. Some editors have pointed out equestrian details and shapes but it was so far from stuffy.
JW Anderson drew on padded cells and madness for his collection, where the structured jackets had a bit of a strait-jacket feeling about them, especially in clinical white. However, it wasn’t clichéd and we liked the circle skirts and the shiny vinyl details.
You know we love a fashion meets art scenario as well as our love of loud prints? Well we stumbled across these incredible hyper-realistic paintings by Erik Madigan Heck of Mary Katrantzou’s collection. He has also painted the work of Kenzo, Comme, Dries van Noten, Rodarte, and plenty of couture. Can you believe these aren’t photographs?!
Images: From Erik Madigan Heck’s website.
P.S. How excited are you about the Katrantzou x Topshop collaboration?!
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Prada is one of the few fashion houses that can simultaneously do romance and quirkiness. The Italian powerhouse gave us broad stripes, coloured brogues and bright wide brimmed hats that defined SS11 and its SS12 collection of 1950s Americana-inspired clothes is bound to do the same next season…we love the flame heels!
So we’re super happy that Prada has unveiled its latest jewellery collection online (and 10% of sales will go to charity as part of Online Fashion Week). There’s a mixture of heady florals with clusters of diamantes, alongside quirky crocodiles and chunky bangles that dare we say it- are pretty Marni-esque.
Do you prefer the flower power or fantastic plastic?
Queen of print Mary Katrantzou got fashion journos talking even before her clothes hit the runway as the FROW was mesmerised by the carpet of carnations.
The collection was a mixture of heady floral prints and industrial elements. Tropical birds jostled for space with metallic details in the designs of asymmetric dresses, billowing chiffon trains and plasticised fabric.
Katrantzou also had her first go at knitwear with a lose sweater, sure to be in demand for daywear.