Sunday, 9 October 2011

London Baby .... Spring / Summer 2012

London Fashion S/S2012 was a welcome breath of fresh air after the structured seriousness of the New York shows (with the exception of Betsey Johnson!).  Acne offered their usual simple tailored aesthetic with leather and suede in tan's oranges and powder blue.  Ashish was a technicolour of sequin flowers on everything from shorts to gillets and fabulous Dr Martins stuffed full of daisy's. The flower theme was continued by both Basso and Brooke and Mary Katrantzou but used on structured cocktail dresses and evening gowns.  Both Burberry and Giles brought their A game with two fantastic collections that no doubt will influence the high street for the majority of 2012 and were so good I will no doubt be speaking about them again in the near future. House of Holland, Jonathan Saunders and Mulberry all went down the pastel road but in very different directions... however I do think Mint is definitely the new Black! Louise Grey, Roksanda Ilincic, Sass and Bide and Matthew Williamson all went with full on colour, Williamson being influenced by a burning sunset, and Ilincic taking inspiration from Jill Sander's collection from last year (just saying).  Topshop Unique channelled Elizabeth Tailor in Cleopatra and brought us some fabulous dresses that will no doubt be gracing a few Liverpool dance floors in the near future, I hope!  Finally Dame Viv didn't really blow me away with her ready to wear collection but her Red Label collection was amazing and full of old classics with new twists.  An altogether triumphant week for London!

All pictures by Vogue.UK

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