Words: Jennifer McNulty and Deborah Latouche At Mulberry the models walked to Jungle Book theme tune - the collection was as always polished and well rounded, stand out pieces were the total leopard print combo's and the exquisite tulip coats.
Photos: Deborah Latouche
You may not have heard of Doii Paris but after seeing this collection, they will stick in your mind. Entitled, ‘Walk in the Forest’ a troop of red headed ivory skinned Pre-Raphaelite models showed us a colour palette that darkened from a pink and white first half of the collection to greys and blacks of the end. There was a whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme, with Queen of Hearts and white rabbit prints on maxi dresses and jackets. Lace and ruffle embellishments completed this soft, romantic collection.
Part of the British design establishment, Jasper Conran presented an interesting, wearable collection featuring 1950’s shapes – pencil skirts and jackets – with a futuristic twist. The skirts and dresses had sheer panels, sometimes buttock exposing, and the jackets were extreme cocoon shapes. Throw some silver plated neck collars and wrist cuffs, digital cut dresses and electric blue leggings into the mix and it makes for an exciting collection. This show also had a high celeb quota including the Sugababes, milliner Stephen Jones, Jo Wood and random spot of the week – Richard E. Grant.
For A/W 2010 Future Classics put fur sleeves on tweed jackets and mixed it with 80’s zig-zag print leggings. Sounds strange, looks fantastic. Alongside this they deconstructed then reconstructed classic tailored pieces to create striking yet relaxed garments; that gave a unique spin to jackets, cardigans and trousers. Chiffon shirt dresses, draped, slouchy cargo pants and multi layering made this a very covetable collection.
Matthew Williamson has grown immensely since he headed Pucci and this is evident in this collection, he is designing for women, he used an abundance of copper tones which have to be the new gold for A/W10; mixed with oranges, cobalt blue and deep purple. he still uses lots of embellishment but is a very sophisticated manner.
Eley Kishimoto held their static presentation at their shop round the corner from liberties. The duo decided to give us an inside view as to how their prints evolve. The collection was very Eley Kishimoto beautiful loud prints on 70's cut clothes pieces hich would give every wardrobe a unique touch.
I was so impressed with the grand interiors of the Royal Courts of Justice and as my bags went through the metal detector I could not help but wonder how on earth Vivienne Westwood managed to get permission to put a fashion show on here.
Her collections are full of different ideas which enable her to cater for many tastes, Fushia plaid, power suits, well cut coats and plenty of asymmetric cuts - Westwood's shows always have such an anarchist feel to them, but after all she is the Queen of Punk.
Photos: Jimmy James