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Deconstructed and Reconstructed Pringle
Pringle’s fortunes have been up and down, but when they are up they are very, very up, after a few quiet years in the wings, Pringle are now strutting their stuff with what appears to be a subtle repositioning, rather than a grand thundering catwalk show they chose to present their SS14 collection with a presentation at the Connaught in Mayfair with a restrained palette of off whites and blues
Watching the Watchers
Suzy Menkes commented at the last round of fashion weeks about the plethora poseurs who now flock around the big four fashion weeks as being, “the cattle market of show-off people waiting to be chosen”. It wasn’t really until London Fashion Week decamped from the National History Museum that I became aware of the poseurs. London Fashion Week was much more of an industry gathering then than the circus it has become. Despite the rain and cold weather there were those who gathered to loiter at the entrance to fashion week what seemed to be all day long waiting to be photographed or noticed. At first you think they are just from another publication or website but as the days passed I had the sneaking feeling that the came to be seen, pose and photographed to document their own fantastical belief that they are “fashion”
John Rocha - coming up roses for SS14
I think my love for Mr. Rocha was first struck when he created a beautiful silk column dress with a single poppy emblem in red and black on cream, and cemented when I was preparing to present my portfolio to a mentor from Saatchi and Saatchi years ago and I was determined to dress up and look the business so I put myself in hock to afford a ¾ black coat by John Rocha. This year this classic palette returns but the red flowers are roses embroidered in wool over organza. His textures more subtle than recent collections, this collection is a love poem offering us all bouquets of roses that hover over full ball gown skirts under shading hats made from organza piping. I don’t know what Mr. Rocha’s intentions are but this collection seems to be a story of love’s innocence and the dark recesses and catacombs of desire punctuated with flitting memories from the 50s Grace Kelly movies and her wedding.
Burberry Prorsum: key palettes for SS14
Burberry’s show is the hottest ticket in town and although I am not a grandee enough to be invited to the tent I was invited to the live streaming and a champagne reception. Christopher Bailey has become Britain’s answer to Miuccia Prada, other designers may be more experimental and daring but where Christopher Bailey leads others follow. Major trends emerged quite quickly during this autumn showing of fashion week then Bailey cut through the with the palette and textures that are even now being copied by far eastern factories in readiness for next spring.
Holly Fulton - SS14 London Fashion Week
Holly Fulton began this collection as she began her career with her now signature art deco/metropolis inspired print in bleached out denim blue tone on tone prints, but it soon became apparent that she has been on her travels and looks like spending time in Hong Kong thanks to the invitation of our friend Johanna Ho has had a big impact on her design. Her last summer season was all about California and Americana. This season iconic motifs from China and Japan with silhouettes that draw your mind to films like Indochine with Catherine Deneuve and the Hollywood films of the 1970s that looked back to the 30s like China Town with flowing shirt dresses and shimmering silks.
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