DAY TWO at London Fashion Week and
femininity is clearly fashionable. Designers such as Ashis, Clements
Riverio, Daks, Emilio de la Morena, Jaeger and Jasper Conran revealed
their collections for springsummer 2012. Overall there are
softer lines, sweeter skirts and for many a classically simple,
sportswear inspired approach.
Spring flashed down the runway as Ashish flaunted florals in his
springsummer collection for 2012. The collection is much dreamier
and romantic than pervious collections. This year the shapes are
simple but the designs are strong.
The London-based designer showcased his range in sequins,
glamour, sportswear and more sequins, and for the first time
using the very feminine floral motif. While keeping true to his
signature sequin style, Ashish Gupta mixed it up with bold floral
prints in electrifying colours.
Inspired by van Gogh, the patterns in Ashish collection
consist of large-scale flowers contrasted against backgrounds of
brick walls, chessboards, leopard and zebra print. There are also
floral separates, all smothered in sequins for a very dramatic effect.
Although the vibrant patterns exuded femininity, the
collection was reigned in by Ashish fondness for simplistic sportswear.
The garments are all loose and wearable. They have simple lines,
zips and pockets for function and ease. The collection consists
of T-shirts, loose shorts, shifts, skits and baggy jackets. Gupta
says, I try and keep all my shapes really clean and really
The collection embodies an easy, low-maintenance girl
that looks effortlessly sexy. The models were styled to look as
if they had spent the night in the garden. Their hair was loose
and tousled, teased into a ponytail or plait. They had sleepy eyes
and dark, sultry lips bringing in a 90s grunge æsthetic.
Finally the Dr Martens brilliantly contrasted the floral arrangement
creeping up their legs, a perfect way to tie the look together.
Pattern was popular on day two at London Fashion Week. Clements
Ribeiro exuded femininity through his use of fabric. Inacio Riberio
said, We wanted prints that were highly original but not overpowering.
Ribeiro has used lace and printed silk with vintage textiles combined
with a pattern of distorted checkers.
The simple shaped garments are easy, comfortable and
chic. Also inspired by sportswear, there are long shorts, loose
yet slim-fitting trousers, T-shirts, raglan sleeves, racer back
and silk shirt dresses. They are sweetly complemented with cashmere
cardigans and matching vests.
The very easy to wear collection is styled
with big, sexy, messy hair. Although the shoes were very high, the
Velcro strap adds to the sportswear æsthetic, designed with
DAKS took us into summer with a trip
to a British coastal resort in the 50s. Sheila McKain-Waid,
the new head of womenswear, showcased classic elegance for the springsummer
The nautical colour pallet of white, navies, creams and a hint
of red created patterns of deckchairs, stripes and a rope print.
Full-skirted silhouettes defined waists and sleeveless,
button up collars were key to portraying the theme of this collection.
Also featuring in the collection was bias-cut halter neck dresses,
romper suits and pleated skirts.
Staying true to the British summer, short shorts are
paired with raincoats or slouched hoodies. Mid-calf full skirts
splay open revealing cheeky hot pants underneath.
The hair is pulled back in a low knotted bun reminiscent
of retro glamour. The flat leather sandal gives a relaxed feel for
a sweet, cute and fun summer look.
de la Morena
Emilio de la Morena captured the audience with a surprisingly girly
display. For the designers fifth season he brought a soft
feminine, innocence with the suggestion of seduction.
Beautifully feminine organza circle skirts danced down
the runway in lilac and ballet pink. The full skirts are teasingly
cut away to show off the mini-dresses beneath. Delicate and very
intricate dresses are fitted together with ruched chiffon, origami
silk and sheer panels.
The bright feature pieces are inspired by American clay
sculptor Michael Lucero with multi-coloured striped placement print.