Sunday, February 18, 2007

London - Autumn/Winter 2007-8, Day 3-4

Paul Smith Woman - A none too thrilling,yet entirely acceptable Great Gatsby look. Long strands of pearls, tennis cardigans, low-cut and loose dresses, menswear pinstriped suits.

Christopher Kane - I have been quite excited for this show. I'm still swooning over last season's dresses. This time, the same verve in leather and crushed velvets. I miss the neon, but welcome the metallics and am impressed by the Renaissance Fair-inspired dresses and coats. His world just looks like fun.

Sinha-Stanic - Quiet suits - all rounded shoulders and short jackets - and sexy minis. The metallics came across a little old and dated in some looks.

Marios Schwab - More quilted sleeping bags - but still in a trim silhouette. I can really get behind the quilted dresses and soft, sexy sweaters.

Roksanda Ilincic - Tulle-d ankles and collars, ruffles, and satin bows. It comes across best in minis which arent being overtaken by the details.

Preen - Oh yeah. The excitement I was hoping for at Christopher Kane. Pleats everywhere, on bodices, on shoulders. The shoulders appear to be missing bits of a suit of armor, just recreated in knits and wools. Neon that looks so cool for cool weather, and super sexy hooded sweater dresses that I guess are actually good for cool weather.

Hamish Morrow - Even more sleeping bags! I'm going to call this an under-the-radar trend. Not one that just anyone should pick up on, if perhaps you need to worry about puffy pieces making actual parts of you puffy. Laces, satins, and complicated draping and wrapping. Nicely serious, futuristic sexy.

Aquascutum - So many lovely looks. Fitted dresses, corsets, rope-accented sweaters, drum major jackets and capes, little trenches. Just lovely.

Biba - Youthful and wearable, but entirely appropriate flirty-skirted dresses, sexy trousers, and buttoned-up blouses.

Jonathan Saunders - Center of the body focus - with zippers and contrasting fabrics on slim dresses and coats. The colors are just beautiful (especially the gradations) and so very dramatic. Especially on such simple and elegant pieces. I think my London favorite, so far.

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