Velvet and jewel encrusted tones are the words that came to mind after viewing the introduction of the Michael van der Ham AW11 collection. The luscious colours and deep rich tones were reflected in the draped velvet mini and mid length dresses, as well as asymmetric tops with voluminous trouser combinations; mustard, cobalt blue and plum being key colours in the pieces.
A sophisticated mini capsule collection of patchwork like layered fabrics followed, with glitter and floral panels reminiscent of the art deco period, and then followed nipped-in waists, a muted palette and then dazzling tasselled tailored trousers to apparently complete the look.
This was somewhat a mishmash of a collection, but the individual looks stood beautifully alone.
British Designer Caroline Charles held a quintessentially English affair at AW11 London Fashion Week.
Subtle brocade detail on velvets; embroidery, tasteful sequins, cinched in waists and rich brocade fabrics were seen in sumptuous colour palette of regal burgundies and navy. A splash of leopard print kept the looks fresh and tied in perfectly with the collection, but the elegant cocktail dresses sharp tailoring harped back to Charles’ couture background.
Clever details were seen in the watch fobs, equestrian style gloves, silk cravats and a selection of top hats, hunting and bowling hats were set to a classical soundtrack that inspired thoughts of rambling British countryside.
It was quite a show from Charlotta Actis Barone at the Fashion Mode show. The frosty makeup and huge lion mane locks had me step into Narnia for this enchanting display. In bold coloured and huge tulle skirts and ice-maiden dresses, the models strutted down the runway with drama.
I particularly loved the faux fur trims dotted about the collection from hoods to hand muffs to winter white stoles studded with pearlised poppers. The Aztec tattoo style bodysocks the models (and Barone herself) wore were an unexpected treat; and the finale dress was a winner –a sumptuous red strapless gown which tumbled into in a gorgeous fishtail.
Barone certainly knows how to put on a crowd pleasing catwalk, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next season.