The Erdem show was like a moving art gallery with beautiful prints that resembled the most gorgeous water colour paintings. In a season where the rules of 'no colour for winter' have been thrown out of the window, Erdem did not disappoint. The water colour style prints were present in an array of beautiful jewel tones, oranges and reds, which added warmth for the winter ahead.
As well as the usual Erdem dresses that are just beautiful, I really liked the bright knit jumper mixed with a ladylike skirt. I am always a fan of things that aren't supposed to go together but work so well when they do. Erdem always manages to balance luxury and ladylike style with modern sensibilities.
In a show that saw no less than Anna Wintour in attendance (and sat next to Phillip Green), Topshop showed Fashion Week that it is no small fry. I have always been a fan of Topshop and the absolute Britishness of the brand, and this collection was definitely quirky and British through and through.
If you had told me prior to the Unique show that I would be dying to get my hands on some Dalmatian inspired clothes, I probably would have laughed at you. But I would actually bite you hand of if you offered me a pair of the Dalmatian spotted booties that some of the models wore! (I think it is the Cruella De Vil in me!). And the hair on the models (which put me in mind of Minnie Mouse) was too cute for words.
Alongside all the cute whimsy of the 101 Dalmatians look, was some vintage American glamour. Fake furs tossed over the shoulder, longline skirts and beautiful silky printed shirts. The 'must have' pieces on display were too many for me to count. And in my humble opinion, Topshop is a British fashion brand we can be proud of.
The Giles collection was beautifully Gothic with an understated sexiness. Brocade, lace, monochrome and feathered looks were in abundance with gorgeous textured leather. Giles described the collection as -
"Austere, not austerity. I thought about the nineteenth century obsession with female hysteria; something buttoned-up, but at the same time with something completely wild lurking underneath."
The collection was most certainly a move away from the previous season, which featured a loud and cartoon like aesthetic. But as usual, Giles managed to give us a feast for our eyes. This time he gave us luxurious fabrics, and a darker more dramatic feel.
For me Holly Fulton is so brilliant as balancing fun ideas without her collection looking like a costume party. I am in love with her Deco meets Pop Art prints, the cityscape and lip prints being my particular favourites. Her attention to detail is just amazing with hand woven tweed, embellished dresses and fur trims.
The collection used last season as a foundation and upped the game. It relied less on show stealing accessories (which was a brave move after the impact last season) and had a slightly harder edge whilst keeping the signature Holly Fulton look. Everything about the collection encapsulated the young and fresh side of British fashion.
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