Fashion Week Frippery: Spring / Summer

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London Fashion Week is upon us and as the top designers begin to showcase the best of the Autumn/Winter collections, I thought we’d put that on hold, and think about what we’ll be wearing in the coming months. Spring is here and after a white and exceedingly cold winter, do we really want to keep the focus on outerwear? No, we do not.

Mark Fast is one of the hottest designers London has seen in quite some time. Originally from Canada, the knitwear specialist studied at the elite Central Saint Martin’s before collaborating with some of the UK’s biggest names and starting his own self-titled label, which is frequently worn by the likes of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and, err…Peaches Geldof. Now ladies, this isn’t quite the knitting you did with granny as a child. For his Spring/Summer 2011 collection, Mark owned the term “body-con” with breathtaking web-like patterns holding skin-tight dresses together and ingeniously knitted fringing and tassels on the most risqué of dresses. This collection of stretched and knitted pieces are as sexy as it gets, though one cannot help but wonder what a lady is supposed to wear for undergarments…

Moving on to a somewhat more subtle collection; I have a love-hate relationship with Burberry. On one hand, I love the hip, sophisticated style of Christopher Bailey. On the other, I’m forever scarred by the photograph of celebrity Z-lister Daniella Westbrook in plaid overdose: the pushchair, the bag, her coat and if I remember correctly, and it’s hard to forget, the plaid baby. Back to the former, sticking to its trademark neutrals, Burberry Prorsum added the ultimate splash of colour to its accessories line; think lime green. For the more glamorous, jewel tones and waist-defining belts were added to Burberry’s trademark trench-coat mixing the old and new. For those seeking something a little flashier, Mr Bailey kept the rock-chick loving ladies happy with studded quilted leather and snakeskin biker jackets. I think I’ll stick with my trench.

If you like feminine drama, Georgian-born David Koma is the designer you need to watch. Returning to his Eastern European roots and a love of the theatre, Koma is sticking to soft and fragile colours and materials and plays with shapes to enhance your figure. Now whilst chiffon paired with embossed leather may not sound appealing, Koma has a way of making the harshest fabrics appeal to the most girlie girl of all. With his collection based on ‘Swan Lake’, expect fitted, flirty and frivolous gowns screaming out for a chic woman who likes to place up her charms, without giving too much away. Another Central Saint Martin’s graduate, he’s also known for his body-con designs so basically ladies, consider a gym membership as your must-have accessory this season, should you wish to rock one of these delights.

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