Design duo Aminaka Löfvander and Marcus Wilmont have enjoyed commercial success, their SS12 currently being stocked in luxury online boutique Net-A-Porter among other boutiques internationally. For the designers’ AW12 collection the emphasis was an amalgamation of simple ladylike, modest shapes and nipped in waists which provided a perfect base for the variety of prints the pair had experimented with
A monochrome story of various textures – fur, silk, paisley printed satin – introduced the collection, and rainbow colour splashed prints in digital floral burst onto the silhouettes, which was toned down when layered against longline merino and cashmere knits was the theme of the latter half of the show. You can be sure that Aminika Wilmont disciples will have iPads at the ready to order the silk pieces and leather accessories the moment the line hits the ground.
Paul Costelloe described his SS12 collection as a celebration of the strong female silhouette. Through a soft colour palette – a hybrid of corals pinks and mint greens, peppered with paisley prints – structured feminine shapes and an air of innocent vintage Parisian romance, the London Fashion Week collection was just that. Using the Hollywood classic 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane' as the inspiration for his SS12 range, the collection was young, fresh, playful and with a modern edge.
The pieces all seemed to have a quirky exaggerated element – oversized pleat sleeves, voluminous ruffle necks and almost balloon like shoulders seemed to be a quietly mischievous nod to Alice in Wonderland.
“Over indulgent, darker and sexier” were Holly Fulton’s words to describe her AW11 collection. And damn right she is. My favourite moment has got to be when one model ripped off her Christian Louboutin pigalles and sauntered down the runway like a pro. So rock ‘n’ roll.
This collection was sexy, fresh and absolutely to die for. The designer’s trademark detailed angular prints were out in full effect, but incorporated into beautiful fluid fabrics as well as structured skirts and dresses with fantastic layers of texture at every turn.
Expertly tailored and fitted to perfection, each garment was an art deco masterpiece with a twist, with beautiful pops of yellow, turquoise and such detailed embellishment that looked so luscious you almost wanted to eat them.
Fulton brought sexy back in her best show yet. Genius.