Haute Around the World: London Fashion Week Recap

The second round of Fashion Week landed in London, with editors and ‘it’ girls hot on its tail. Kicking it all off was Matthew Williamson, who mixed things up with colour texture and print.  Starting with a striking over-sized woollen Aztec print coat, the collection moved to sculpted dresses and tailored trousers in amazing pops of colour, bringing life to any fall 2011 wardrobe. Embroidery, feathers and fur populated the second half bringing a luxurious feel to the collection.  The colour palette was toned down to grey, black, peach, lemon and icy blue with an occasional splash of yellow. A collection truly worthy of its showcase.

 

Erdem Fall 2011

 

Sunday arrived with the anticipated collections from Erdem, Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, and Peter Pilotto. Erdem was pretty, classic and in rich deep hues. Classic Erdem floral prints came in sequins, velvet, silk, and lace in a number of different cuts and shapes.  The V neck was a clear theme with much of the collection featuring a plunging neckline. The collection was rich, powerful, and extremely wearable.

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011

 

Through the true art of showmanship, the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 collection made its debut.  With a seemingly endless runway, the show fell under the watchful eyes of Rachel Bilson, Alexa Chung, Anna Wintour, Kate Bosworth and Mario Testino (all Burberry clad of course). The collection started with a pop of color with a tangerine sculpted coat and moved towards a mouth-watering watermelon colored bell bottomed coat with exposed pockets.  Chunky coats and heavy knit jumpers with toggle detailing were teamed with tremendously skinny trousers, which created an unlikely but beautiful silhouette. The primary colored Burberry rainbow fizzled out through checked tweed coats into the Burberry trench in natures favorites; tan, brown, khaki and beige then onto an angelic closing of the collection populated by sleek shapes and a mostly monochrome palette.  Fur met with patent leather on short bomber jackets and trimmed longer ‘bubble’ coats.  Delicate bows clinched ivory drenched waists on the most beautiful coats I have ever seen in my life.  Fur became the shoulder pads and bled down the arms to the cuffs, then there were the Macs.  In the shape of a classic Burberry Mac, yet with the texture of a winter coat – patterned ivory wool was finished with a bow around the waist and a fur hat.  The collection came to a close, through black and white checked tweet with the looser coats. Then came the finale. A magical winter wonderland exploded as Christopher Bailey’s creations took one more walk down the runway, ensuring the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 won’t be one we’ll be forgetting any time soon.

Peter Pilotto Fall 2011

Peter Pilotto’s fall 2011 collection had one main theme running through; Arabian nights gone posh.  Draping materials sagged around the neck and billowed in the breeze as the models strutted down the catwalk. Everything was loose with an earthy natural feel that appeared to be more SS11 as opposed to fall 2011. It was a nice enough collection with interesting cuts and tie-dye patterns but not something I would personally wear during the colder months.

 

Christopher Kane Fall 2011

Similar to Erdem, Christopher Kane highlighted the beauty of the V neck but mixed it up a little.  Jagged edged plastic straps filled with mixes of blue and green and pink and orange liquid, which resembled small snakes lying around the models necks, dipped low revealing elegant chests. All the while sprucing and sexing up what would usually be quite a simple dress.  A futuristic collection with Aztec feeling prints, sequins, chiffon, and plastic which brought sex appeal to the collection and shown Christopher Kane as the true artist that he is.

 

Marios Schwab Fall 2011

 

Marios Schwab – a man who donned a topknot even @OscarPRGirl would be proud of. A beautifully structured collection that shown the importance of a great cut around the neck and a nipped in waist.  Tuxedo style neckline dresses floated out against an overpoweringly white backdrop, in-between corset style dresses with sewn on Swarovski pearls, high-waisted trousers and shaped bubble coats. The collection was all about the detail which brought texture to a smooth, elegant collection.

Mulberry Fall 2011

 

Last but by no means least, is Mulberry. With a fairytale Fantastic Mr. Fox theme, the Mulberry show took place in the ballroom at Claridge’s, London.  Decorated with woodland scenery, giant toadstools, stuffed birds and drenches of foliage, the show began with Alexa Chung sitting front row.  The majority of the collection was very earthy, with muted colors including  beige, aubergine, khaki, grey, and hints of tan.  Then were the classic pops of color in deep plums and lilacs. Styles were classic mixed with contemporary, with quilted trench coats worn over dresses with a flouncy hem.  Jodhpur style trousers with knee boots, box pleated a line minis and culottes.  My favorite piece from the collection was the box pleat Mulberry purple print mini skirt worn with a simple lilac roll neck, classic yet young and playful.  The fashion world was alive with the amazing sound of Mulberry.

 

Article by: Jenni Fleet

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Haute Looks: Mulberry Hits America

Liverpool correspondent, Jenni Fleet gushes over the newest UK sensation to hit the states, Mulberry.

Mulberry is an iconic English heritage brand that we’ve well and truly fallen for here in England.  They’re not too ‘on trend’ classic handbags make the top of every fashion girl’s wish list and their pretty tea dresses are what we all dream of wearing while we float around our English manors drinking tea from china teacups.

Alexa Chung

The brains behind the brand, and the iconic Alexa handbag, also understand that Mulberry is the type of ‘go to’ for the girl that can only afford one major spending spree on a handbag.  While having the connotations of grandeur and English luxury, it also appeals to all, especially their handbag department. The infamous Alexa handbag, named after TV starlet Alexa Chung who rocked the fashion world in 2009, was sold out everywhere the minute it went on sale.  It’s classic, timeless satchel style shape made it practical yet oozed with glamour at the same time.  It became the type of bag that you could take anywhere which would give your outfit a little bit of oomph – especially when they came out in an array of colors.  For the third year running, the Alexa has made its debut, this time in a mouth watering watermelon color, perfect for the summer months that lay ahead.

Although the Alexa won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, it has found itself a little competition.  Welcome the Mulberry Tillie. The quintessentially British bag is somewhat similar to the Alexa, but has more of a glamorous, Upper East Side appeal, especially the light peach colored one, which fits perfectly with the announcement of Mulberry increasing their US presence.  Currently only operating from two small stores in NYC – one on Bleecker St & one on Madison Avenue. Mulberry has also announced the arrival of their new flagship store at 132 Spring Street.  I’m sure Mulberry fever will catch on stateside in no time, every fashionista needs a bit of British on her arm every now and again and seeing and Prince William is off the market – what else is there left to do?

 

 

Article by: Jenni Fleet

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