Well day one ended with Beyoncé and her mommy strutting down the catwalk closing the launch of House of Dereon at Selfridges and Kelis having a bit of a sing song at Roberto Cavallis small get together. My invite got lost in the post. Despite that, the fashion on day two was as great as day one and the edge has not disintegrated just yet.
Julian McDonald took onlookers on a trip around Japan with his Asian infused collection (see video above). The collection is an abundance of structure, colour and there is no cocooon style jackets going on there. Sexy tailoring on the models with sleeked back hair added to the drama he created with this spectacle of a show.
Ashish went to town with floral prints, sunflowers to be exact with some boyish tailoring to go with it. And with the floral print comes more print with the designer being bold to layer them up for added visual effect, especially one piece, a top loading on the sunflowers atop monochrome stripes. It sounds busy, but I really liked the imagination and you know what, it put summer in my step today.
Jasper Conran went with colour blocking with splashes of red, pink, and toned down with white. Jasper added a few high cut skirts for some added eye opening but the piece for me was a white on white tunic and palazzo style pants look. Ever elegant and very Jasper.
House of Holland had 27 pieces of print ranging from check to what looked like splashes of paint to some animal print. Henry pushes the boat out with his collections maintaining a young aesthetic which of course is admired by his little groupies of Nicola Roberts and Alexa Chung. Rumour has it that the goody bags had hair straightners in them!
Sticking with his traditional colour palettle of black and white, John Rocha’s collection looked tribal in it’s influences depicted in rushing and ruffles and styled with dramatic headpieces worn by the models.
Other shows yesterday included DAKS, JW Anderson (who Anna Wintour went to watch), Clements Ribero and Issa.
To have a look at all the pics from the shows, click here.