London Spring/Summer 2011 – Favourites 1
Known for his exquisite floral patterns and embroidery, Erdem’s Spring / Summer collection went above and beyond to surpass my wildest expectations. My favourite Erdem collection to date, the delicate beauty and pure loveliness of the pieces were summer dreams personified.
White appliqué on white chiffon with white lace; scattered Swarovski crystals; striking red lace; delicate, vivid embroidered poppy prints – each Erdem piece was simply perfect . Erdem was inspired by the Victoria & Albert Museum’s ‘Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929’, exhibition. This was clearly evident within the collection, where the dress shape and structure had the feel of beautiful ballet dresses. Dresses were pulled in at the waist and fell to A-line or tiered lace hemlines. There were also immaculately tailored trousers and shorts with beautiful silk blouses. Nicholas Kirkwood’s shoes were tied up the calf like ballet slippers.
My Erdem Most Coveted piece:
With so many exquisite looks to choose from, my favourite Erdem pieces would have to be the white lace blouse over the striking red lace dress. The simple red lace dress that followed straight after was also amazing! (both pictured line one)
Burberry was dreaming of a high-voltage biker girl for the Spring/Summer 11 collection. With pops of intense colour, luxe leather and gold spiked jackets; the Burberry girl is undeniably fierce and not to be messed with!
Biker jackets and coats were detailed with striking gold spikes for a chic, tough and edgy alternative to the traditional biker. Trench Coats and jackets were pulled in tight at the waist with bright lime green and turquoise belts. Sexy leopard print and coloured mini silk dresses were softly ruched around the body. Equally vibrant coloured handbags were worn mismatched and clutched at the models’ side. Other dresses were held in place with leather straps. With the extent of looks and all of the exquisite jackets and coats (which also made appearances in snakeskin, metallic silver and a complete palette of military shades), Burberry has every facet of your Spring/ Summer wardrobe sorted.
A true feast for the eyes; the clothes, shoes, accessories and star-studded front row make the Burberry collection the hottest ticket at London Fashion Week.
My Burberry Must-have:
The first jacket to appear on the catwalk (pictured first above), will easily become my Spring must-have. Love the green belt too!
Perfectly setting the mood for Summer; Issa’s bold, vibrant colour palette left a strong impression.
Inspired by the exotic, colourful landscape of India, Issa’s colours included: canary yellow, intense oranges and greens, sapphire blue and royal purple. When combined these colours really made an impact. Mismatched turbans were worn by models, along with jewelled sandals, and chandelier earrings. Maxi and mini dresses were beautifully draped to hug the models’ bodies, with the silk-jersey fabric creating elegant, long lines. Long skirts and trousers were worn with midriff showing tops. Pure white embroidered sundresses also made an appearance.
While the Indian summer inspiration was abundantly clear, the collection felt fresh and alive.
My Issa Essential:
The cropped fuchsia pink top coupled with the long zesty orange skirt – both certainly make lounging by the pool a spectacular affair. (pictured line one, image 2 above)