Well talk about the cold. This has to be the chilliest fashion week in history. Fashionistas are layered up to fight the elements whilst trying to maintain a photo-worthy level of chic. Me personally have opted for the thermal vest approach. And it’s working. So yesterday I went to Jasper Conran, Issa and Eudon Chow.
Taking us back to the second world war, Jasper channelled the 1940s to the T. Tailoring. Suits with short jackets and A line skirts were a key trend in colours like camel, stone and black. Mixing in textures like sequins and feathers Jasper’s models with clean faces and messy low buns, were elegant and chic. Styled with matching tights, this collection embodies a strong woman and the slightly military influence underpins this. A winner for me.
A celeb filled front row including Laura Whitmore, Gemma Arterton, Leigh Lezark and Tini Tempah, Issa was everything I had hoped it to be. Moving up the decades to the 70s, the prints were divinely colourful and fun, but maintain the appropriate level of chic versus casual. Issa as always, had an array of evening dresses that Gemma Arterton was fixated on, long maxis with billowing fabric will be the envy of every Middleton on the planet.
This started rather bizzarely, that even super blogger Susie Bubble even tweeted. Held in the Portico Rooms of Somserset House (where the previous day I watched the models at Orla Kiely dance) the gathering crowd stared at a cinema screen of Alazaka/Antartica/somehwhere cold, until models came out donned in coats with fur collars, leather head pieces and lot’s of leather pannelling. The palette was cold – ivory, navy and grey to compliment the designers inspiration. Models then scattered themselves in front of the screen and gazed at the crowd through binoculors. If there is a way to showcase your collection in a memorable way, this was the way to go about it.