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A rich display of graphic prints, including peacock and chained
feather designs, breathed life into Issas autumnwinter
201112 collection. Swirls of forest green, russet and teal
complemented belted pussy-bow blouse silk mini dresses. A knee-length
flared overcoat in bright red is young and fresh, while the high-wasted
pleated pants add a touch of 1970s sophistication. While there is
some reference to the
knotted silk jersey dress Kate Middleton wore to the announcement
of her engagement to HRH Prince William,
the silk jersey dresses one in russet and the other in blueberry
are more contemporary with the careful placement of pin-tucks around
the waist and shoulder lines. Long suede gloves, felt beret fascinators
and excessively large fur hats provided by milliner Stephen Jones
round off the overall look.
The scene was set with plenty of green foliage and giant mushrooms
sprouting from the side of the catwalk, and it seemed as though
the models had escaped into an enchanted part of the English countryside
for a stroll. A blend of earthy shades, with bright sparks of teal,
lavender and sapphire pink in cozy winter fabrics are embellished
with multiple, multi-sized patch pockets, large brass buttons and
buckles and belted-up waists. Models swamped down in maxi dresses
and skirts, matched with thick, long woolly scarves still looked
graceful. The oversized coats with an array of different textures
ranging from fur, to the wool with leather waist pockets and cuff-bands,
work well. As do the delicately pleated silk dresses matched with
chunky knit cardigans.
There is a rich variety of leather satchel bags, such
as embossed alligator, plain patent, studded or quilted, ranging
from mini to medium-sized, as well as leather belts and ankle or
knee-length boots in a range of colours to match the collection.
The metallic bronze, leather ankle boots along with the little matching
dog coats are gorgeous must-haves.
Vivienne Westwood really went to town with her collection. At first
glance resembling a quirky mix of the British Monarchy, meets the
circus, meets The Pirates of the Caribbean. No wonder when
you later find that her true inspiration was from the warped novel
of Alice in Wonderland. With tartan, loud stripes and wild
animal prints dominating the scene, as well as each models
styling and make-up different from the rest, you cant deny
its typical Westwood eccentricity. Each model came out in
an explosion of textures, colours and shapes. For example, an oversized
toppling Queen of Hearts-style crown, psychedelic feather cape,
woolly knit gloves and a shimmering pencil-line silk skirt all feature
in the same outfit. The collection showed a wide range of wear,
from a couple of shimmering gold and bronze figure hugging evening
dresses with stunning décolletage detailing, to a series
of everyday basics including, asymmetrical wool knit ponchos, cardigans
and long-sleeved dresses. A ruffled bib shirt with a fully done
up Peter Pan collar teamed with suspenders and a glittery miniskirt
is the epitome of sweet and sassy, while high-wasted skirts in discreet
earthy hues tone down this greedy feast of pattern and colour.
With a restrained block-colour palette of black, grey, white and
a splash of ruby red, subtle graphic prints and only a hint of pin-stripe,
it's hard to dismiss the contrast between the easy femininity of
drapery against the harder masculine cuts. Exquisite zip detailing
lends subtle edginess to a white, mid-calf length dress with capped
sleeves. While soft white cable-knit accents add a sense of comfort
against a hard back drop of black, wool knit cardigans and jumpers.
Accessories are non-existent with models hair tied back into
slick ponytails, red lipstick and wearing black tights and black
lace-up ankle boots.
Vicki Matias is assistant to the publisher at Lucire.