After a month of fash-wan madness the shows are over, and as Fashion’s finest soak their sore feet and resume normal eating, I sat down with my lovely housemate Julia – Fashion Assistant of Harpers fame to discuss our 3 (and I was very strict on this) top shows from each city over a fish pie and Corrie…..after much deliberation here’s our final cut….
3.1 Phillip Lim – Once again proving why Anna loves him, Phillip Lim’s exceedingly wearable collection was cute and sophisticated. The predominantly neutral collection of greys, caramels, mustard, black and white was lifted with some purple pieces. We heart.
Proenza Schouler –With their Hollywood frow (Olsens, Chloe Sevigny and Nicole Richie among others) you know that you’re going to be seeing a lot of this collection. I particularly loved the coloured fur collared coats and jackets, and naughty-school girl-esque pleated skirts.
Rodarte – Moments after the show Julia’s facebook status was ‘I want Rodarte to design my wedding dress’ – and we all know there’s no higher praise than that. There was therefore no way that the sisters weren’t making it onto the final list. Luckily for our friendship and the rest of the house I loved the collection too….I feel a Bride Wars type scenario coming on…..
Burberry – When the fashion team returned to the office after the Burberry show all they were talking about was the series of sensational coats that hit the catwalk one after another until the whole audience was basically dribbling with desire. A Burberry coat has to be somewhere near the top of most peoples most stylish lists, and this is my fave from the collection. Christopher, if you’re reading this, I’ll have mine in a 12 please!
Louise Goldin – Space Military, eh? Not a look we’d necessarily go for in theory, but in practice (and when executed by Louise Goldin) it’s definitely something we’d like to have a go at in practice – I mean, how hot is this coat???
Christopher Kane – Leather, embroidery, flowers, lace – Kane, says Womens Institute – we say Victorian S&M den….either way we likey a lot!
Dolce&Gabbana – The collection was all too beautiful, and it was almost impossible to decide on just one image. From negligee to tailoring, velvet to silk, polka dots to leopard – this was classic Dolce, and it worked for us. In the end I had to go for this image simply because of the headphones….can’t put into words how badly I want them!
Valentino – Precise and beautiful – from the white mini-dress opener, to the show-stopping red gown climax this was an expert collection - hopefully the first of many!
Moschino – Julia hates, I LOVE! Black and gold, Dallas meets Copacabana, ‘80’s bling-fest – Moschino pushed my buttons this season. Sadly the collection was a bit hit and miss - when it was good it was nail-on-the-head couldn’t be any better Moschino…and when it was bad it was La Senza bargain bucket bad. However for the cowboy hats/ sunnies combo alone they’re in my final cut.
Balmain – Balmain ditched the whole rock chic studded thing, but still kept their edgy essence. The hard-wear has been replaced with elaborate embroidery and embellishment. This dress is so hot it burns….can just see Kate falling out a party in it…..jealous.
Chloe – Chic chic chicidy chic! Chloe always proves that you don’t need bodycon to be sexy (phew). This look really reminded me of Mary from The Uniform project who I snapped at LFW – in fact, it’s scarily similar, no?!
Hermes – Hermes came straight out of left field with an English gent/ Sherlock Holmes/ Penguin out of Batman vibe which was thrillingly unexpected. Not a look I could work (you can’t really work the whole androgynous thing with boobs)….I am seriously considering a bowler hat though!
McQueen – Lee McQueen’s final collection was shown as a salon show rather than on a catwalk. As usual his collection was in a league of its own; regal, dramatic - a fittingly beautiful send off.