I wore… Hat: Topshop, Coat: A.P.C, Dress: Whistles, Bag: Mulberry
I love Fashion Week for many reasons; the shows (duh), the people watching, the endless photo opps and last but certainly not least, the parties. Last night I was off to the Temperley bash which proved to be both incredibly glamourous and deliciously debauched as only an aftershow party (with a free bar) can. Suffice to say, I felt none too fresh this morning but there was no way in HELL I’d be lounging in bed because I’d managed to land a ticket to Mulberry. Given my sheer adoration for the brand, they could have held their show in a primary school class room and I would still probably have thought it was fabulous. Unsurprisingly, they didn’t, instead decorating Claridges with golden handbag shaped balloons, supersized padlocks and more bonafide A-listers than you could shake a stick at. Anna Wintour, Olivia Palermo, Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen and Leigh Leizark were all in attendance, as was girl-of-the-moment Lana Del Rey toting her namesake Mulberry bag.
As for the collection itself… well it was definitely worth dragging my aching limbs out of bed for! Then again, that’s no great surprise given the stellar form Emma Hill’s been on since basically the second she took over. This season Emma drew inspiration from “Where the Wild Things Are” and offered up her own version of monster chic with super shaggy furs ruling the runway. Naturally coats weren’t the only thing on the Mulberry menu and snuggly hooded shearlings, perfect parkas and quilted bomber jackets were interspersed with divine dresses in burnt orange lace and dappled, digital print silks. The combination of oversized outerwear and ethereal, chiffon numbers made for a romantic, yet deeply wearable, autumnal dream. Knitwear is always something this Brit brand does well and their AW12 collection included some seriously covetable confections. I’m not going to get started on the handbags or we’ll be here forever but you can rest assured they were gorgeous.
A wise woman once told me that during February fashion week you can either be chic or be warm and this season I decided, or at least tried, to go for the latter. Unfortunately the temperature plummetted on Day 3 so after Mulberry I was *ahem* forced to seek shelter in Starbucks. One venti, extra hot, non fat, triple shot latte later I had just about regained feeling in my toes so headed back out into the cold and across town to Somerset House for show number two, Marios Schwab. Marios’s was the first fashion show I ever attended so I feel strangely loyal to the Greco-Austrian designer. Actually, it’s not all that strange as season after season he wows his Editor packed FROWs which today included Harpers Bazaar UK’s Kim Hersov, Grazia’s Melanie Rickey and the legend that is Suzy Menkes.
According to the show notes, Marios was “returning the the femme fatale he previously encountered” for SS12 and I certainly couldn’t have put it better myself. For AW12 the designer continued doing what he does best, that is sleek silhouettes and effortless allure. The show began with an array of ultra chic tailored wool ensembles but just as I was starting to fear that Marios was coming over all prim and proper, out came the leather, lace and seductive sheer panelling. The collection was elegant yet ever-so-slightly subversive finishing up with a spectacular, shimmering finale.
As you can probably imagine, by this point I was pretty exhausted so decided to nip home to watch Gossip Girl and reboot my energy levels before my last show of the day, Louise Gray. After an intensely frustrating couple of hours spent stuck on the tube (damn weekend track closures!) I arrived at the Topshop show space just in time to grab a glass of champagne and take my seat for Louise’s show. The designer took her trademark “more is more” approach again this season and the collection was a visual delight of clashing patterns, super brights and layered textures. Louise’s signature madcap approach to assembling her ensembles was at its’ very best with eye-popping prints, neon hues and excessive embellishment thrown together with sweetly old fashion brocaded pieces and stunning Scottish cashmeres. Once again Louise Gray broke every style rule in the book but thanks to her talent with textiles and devil may care attitude, somehow pulled it off with aplomb.
Love Ella. X