London Fashion Week – Day Two

Day two of London Fashion Week, and seven amazing shows for Tori and I! Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, the next show blows you away! Here’s our run-down of all the catwalks, front row celeb spottings and general LFW goss!

Kinder Aggugini 11am

First show of the day was Kinder Aggugini, and it was love at first listen, as models came down the catwalk to Kate Bush ‘Hounds of Love’ (that was a sign of the greatness to come!) After trying my hardest not to burst into song, I feel in clothe-lust with the Juliette Recamier inspired collection (Who you ask? She was a woman who stood up to Napoleon – and probably above him as well). Kinder named Juliette his muse for her style and intellect. The Napoleonic meets rock star style was apparent in leather jackets mixed with delicate silk dresses, and coats, jackets and capes in tweeds and cashmere suitable for Napoleon himself. Menswear silhouettes and fabrics juxtaposed with the feminine dress and prints on show. The knitwear was so fluffy, oversized and girlie they are sure to be top sellers. Dionne Bromfield, Amy Winehouse’s 13-year-old god-daughter, sat front row looking cute as a button in her pink coat – maybe she would have sung Kate Bush with me!

Bryce Aime 11.30am

It has been a busy four years for French born Bryce Aime since debuting his self named label at LFW in 2006. His collections are full of edgy, sexy tailoring and this season was no different. His show opened with a beautiful marching parade of models clad in intergalactic geometric jumpsuits and 3D sculptured body armour. Each piece was studded and zipped to the max which was a great contrast to the graphic prints and architectural inspired panelling.

Following fashion week trend it was a pretty dark collection, using mostly black and white brightened with purples and warm crimson, which was the colour of the ‘show stopping’ last dress. The collection had been amazing to this point but it stepped up a notch when the model emerged looking like an amazing wrapped up origami Christmas bow, tassels in tow (it’s good, I promise). It stole the show and the praise afterwards confirmed that I wasn’t the only one in awe.

Bernard Chandran 1.45pm

Bernarad Chandran collection got me very, very excited! He’s bringing sexy back with his time travelling, power dressing, futuristic geisha girls! The collection had a sleek, androgynous look, with masculine fabrics and geometric prints. Sculpted shoulders and power minis were the key looks. Geometric prints and built-up shoulders has been a key look at LFW so far (seen at David Koma yesterday) and looks to be a huge trend from ss2010 into aw2010 – so key investment pieces ladies!

The overall look was understated sexy, with geisha style make-up and a slick up-do for hair, backs were the focal point of the collection, with exposed back zips, off centre back zips, sheer panelling and on some, completely backless! Golds and bronze crept through from oversized tote bags, embellished bibs and even entire dresses. Feathers were used to breathtaking effect, with some designs ready to fly off the catwalk! Mollie King from The Saturdays was there front row with her stylist, so be prepared to see the Brit pop princess in BC soon! Five words to sum up Bernard Chandran aw 2010 – Sleek, Luxe, Sexy, Angular and Adorned.

Iris Van Herpen 2.45pm

Iris Van Herpen is renowned for her amazing, jaw dropping, ‘larger than life’ collections sharing a similar talent to previous employers Viktor & Rolf and Alexander McQueen (whose direct inspiration was seen in the a-maz-ing footwear) for exaggerated pieces and this collection was no different. It was plastic-fantastic!

The atmosphere was amazing; whether it was anticipation or a combination of the techno church bells and flashing lights I don’t know but I was totally drawn in. It was a truly theatrical performance, started off by a shredded, structured butterfly piece surrounded by gorgeous evening dresses.

The collection was basically colourless, using a combination of black, silver and gold metallics allowing the reflections of the lights to do all the talking; which looked amazing but played havoc with my pics, sorry! The amazing three-dimensional structured garments were supported by softer, twisted, knotted pieces making it a magical collection.

Emilo de la Morena 2.30pm

Oh Emilo, you just get better and better – and if you’re good enough for the gorgeous Olivia Palermo from The City, then you’re good enough for me! Olivia sat front row and looked like she was loving Emilio’s gorgeous hand painted sheer dresses, but what’s not to love!? A beautiful colour palette of blues, greens, whites, blacks and nudes blended together with layers upon layers of sheer fabrics. A dreamy collection with origami style folds and pleats, mixed with gorgeous oversized hooded coats and jackets, which compliment the delicate nature of some of the barely there, sheer dresses. The flowing, frizzy hair added to the beautiful innocence of the collection. It would be impossible not to fall head over heels for this delicate collection!

Belle Sauvage 5.15pm

Belle Sauvage is a duo of emerging designers Virgina Ferreira and Christian Neuman who are best known for their outstanding digital prints. They have a huge celeb following including La Roux and Lady Gaga, and I can’t see that changing after watching this collection (watch out for the leggings and shoes, I imagine those ladies have their eyes firmly fixed on them).

The models emerged like slow, stomping lady-bots (not surprising in those shoes!) dressed head to toe in futuristic, machinery inspired prints. I adored the graphic imagery, especially the black and white face jumper.

Again another black dominated collection but highlighted with metallic purples, emerald greens and copper which enhanced the hard leather structures and combination prints. This was one of my favourite shows so far especially the “horsey hair”, 1st prize rosette to them! I can’t wait to see what the pair’s imagination will produce next.

J Maskrey 7.15pm

There’s so much I want to say about the amazing catwalk experience at J Maskrey, let alone the show-stopping looks, so this will be a quick sneak peek at the show, with a full length blog post about the show coming very soon! All I will say is, Q: Whodunnit on the Orient Express? A: They all did!

That’s it for day two at LFW! What’s been your favourite collection so far?

How pretty is Somerset House at night? Stay tuned for more LFW coverage tomorrow!

Carina and Tori x

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