La Petite Fashion Week Diaries: London SS12, Day 3

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I wore… Dress: Urban Outfitters, Jacket: All Saints, Shoes: Topshop,
Bag: Zara, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery

I skipped the parties on evening two, instead dragging my tired self home for an episode of Desperate Housewives and bed. After a geriatrically early night I felt refreshed and ready to launch back into the fashion week fray so I stepped into my trusty Topshop platforms and headed over to Somerset House for my first show of the day, Holly Fulton. Holly is one of the hottest design talents in London right now and as such her FROW was filled by some of the most respected names in the industry including Harold Tillman, Grazia’s Melanie Rickey and the impossibly glamourous Editor of Harpers Bazaar, Kim Hersov.

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Kim Hersov
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Susie Lau of Style Bubble

It appears that the 70′s is decade du jour for SS12 and the era which inspired Jaeger London and countless others also helped shape Holly Fulton’s latest collection. Ever the individualist, Holly took next seasons’ most frequently reccurring trend and gave it her own spin to produce something exciting and utterly unique. What followed was an eye-popping array of disco-tastic looks featuring animal, tropical and Holly’s signature graphic prints. The collection was a testament to Holly’s craftsmanship and painstaking attention to detail with each look hand-embellished with sequins, studding, beading and fringing galore. Think super bright shades and louche, retro shapes in an eclectic mix of textures including everything from sleek silks to PVC, plastic and feathers. Unapologetically loud and undeniably fun, if your in search of the ultimate holiday wardrobe then this is it.

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Holly Fulton SS12
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Holly Fulton SS12

After that I made a mad dash into Somerset House for to see Peter Jensen‘s salon show, hot on the heels of Susie Bubble. Luckily there was no way it would begin without the blogonista extraordinaire so I made it just in the nick of time… And thank God I did for Jensen’s latest offerings were above and beyond anything I could have expected. In fact, the designers latest offerings were perfectly attuned to my own tastes it took some serious self-restraint not to run backstage and try to pilfer the lot. Peter Pan collars, broderie anglaise, classic shapes and exquisite detailing made for a collection which exuded a quirky girlishness that I can’t help but feel would be very much at home in my wardrobe! Below-the-knee hemlines and buttoned up shirts were perfectly styled with pop socks and chignons. Fashion forward and still good-enough-to eat, Peter Jensen’s adorable dresses and chic cigarette pants are set to top many a wish list come Spring.

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Peter Jensen SS12
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Peter Jensen SS12

As fashion week continues I become increasingly sure of my theory that the hotter the FROW, the later the show. Well, any lingering doubts I may have had were obliterated by what I experienced yesterday afternoon at Marios Schwab. Marios’s FROW was literally packed with international fashion royalty including Hamish Bowles, Juliana Reston Roitfeld, Erin O’Connor and Anna Dello Russo. Having heard a mere snippet of the A-List line-up it may not surprise you to hear that the show started a whopping 45 minutes late. Now this was my sixth day in 6 inch heels and I was starting to feel a teeny bit tetchy about all the hanging around. But when the lights dimmed and the show began any remaining tension was instantly forgotten as Marios woo’d us with what has to be his chicest collection yet.

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Marios Shwab SS12
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Marios Schwab SS12

Last seasons’ dominatrix still simmered under the surface of Marios’s latest collection but the look was subtler and infinitely more wearable this time around. It was the perfect blend of elegant and edgy. Classic silhouettes, demure hemlines and cinched waists were combined with mesh detailing, leather and sultry eye makeup. The palette was a mixture of striking monochrome looks, pretty pastels and luscious summer shades culminating in a breathtaking Swarovski encrusted finale. Yet another designer to look to the past for inspiration, Marios’s show had a distinct 50′s feel but these frocks are unlike anything we saw on Man Men. Sleek, sophisticated and dripping with sex appeal, Marios Schwab’s latest collecion could transform anyone into a femme fatal.

Love Ella. X

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