Pattern Overload

21 February 2012

spijkers en spijkers aw12 london fashion week

This post is brought to you courtesy of eight hours sleep. Technically these photos are from the second day but are now coming 'atcha on the fifth.  I've taken a few days to recover before my final few shows and it never ceases to amaze me how the seasoned professionals do it.  To traipse between ten shows a day before a party in the evening would make me even more fatigued and that my wardrobe was even more inadequate and in need of a total revamp.  It was quite nice to watch a few livestreams from the comfort of my own bed and pin some of my favourite looks for a future trend post.  I also managed to learn about the existence of Azealia Banks, found a few catwalk items that I might actually be able to purchase and that I'm determined to get my hands on a bag for reasons other than the name (hello burgundy colouration).  Casting my mind back to Saturday, I headed to my first show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout slightly bedraggled after a spot of rain.

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I first fell in love with the designs of Spijkers en Spijkers a few seasons ago and despite kneeling in the most awkward position on the floor, being able to see the the retro prints and scalloped details clearly more than made up for it.

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I also had a bit of time to admire the exhibition beforehand, which is always a feast for the eyes and features numerous emerging designers.  It's always interesting to have hindsight and see the progression that these designers make but in the meantime, I was admiring the pleasantly overwhelming prints by Nova Chiu, unveiling previously unseen elements of Chinese culture.  The rest of my faves were a full on knitwear fest with clean intarsia separates by Ruth Green in contrast to Ekaterina Kukhareva's repetitive power-machine creations.  I know which shows I'll be requesting next season.

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The Issa show was the perfect end to the day and another collection referring to Eastern traditions and civilisation.  Although the collection was filled with a few sophisticated jersey dresses a certain member of the royal family might like, I preferred the head-to-toe print looks and high contrast paisley patterns.  My favourite outfits were the blue and green looks in the last picture, proving that this once forbidden colour combination can be done with ease.  The multiple references kept an element of the unexpected each time a model appeared and I really welcomed the vibrant colours and ornate embellishment.  Although I've still a lot of love for some of the darker and more muted collections I've seen so far over the past few weeks, I'm definitely glad to see that strong colours (mainly burgundy) and patterns will still be relevant later this year.

It's my last day at Somerset House today and I'm determined to make the most of it!  Which collection is your favourite from Day two?

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7 comments:

  1. I love Issa, maybe one day I will be able to afford it. LOVE those blue and gold shoes. I saw a couple of street style photos of you, can't remember where, sure you have seen them though xx

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  2. Day 2? I went to Carlotta Actis Barone in the evening - it was simply incredible!

    http://www.rachelphipps.com/2012/02/london-fashion-week-carlotta-actis.html

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  3. ohh i love all the patterns hehe :) x

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  4. Those feather shoes are amazing, can't wait to see how the high street translate that look. Great post xo

    http://missluxurylifestyle.blogspot.com/

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  5. I think the Issa collection would have to be my favourite :) I love the patterns and colours!

    Caroline x
    carolinescatwalk.blogspot.com

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  6. That Nova Chlu stuff is beautiful, reminds me of summer for some reason. I'm loving all these current posts you're doing x

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