I've never really done proper reviews for London Fashion Week before, and my general view is that it is very, very hard to do. There is so much individual talent within the British fashion arena bursting out that a common theme is virtually impossible. When I say virtually, that means there is still a glimmer of hope. A burnt orange glimmer that is. Yup, this colour was everywhere and given how cold it was this weekend it was very much welcome.
Antonio Berardi AW12
Bora Aksu AW12
Christopher Kane AW12
It seems like a very blasé term, but so many collections had this colour in them that it was too hard to miss. From Acne to Stella McCartney to Pete Pilotto - it was everywhere. Reds, rusts and oranges were apparent in the AW11 and SS12 collections - but it has come into real force for AW12. Muted and diluted tones no longer exist - pastels were apparent in a few looks but were outnumbered by 5 to 1 with brights and oranges.
Felder Felder AW12
This Felder Felder collection was one of my favourites, and as an ignorant fashionista I had never heard of the Felder sisters before (apparently they invited the flatform, did you know?). Hugely sixties inspired, as is their choice of rustic colouring, they paired their orange up with silk mini skirts and high heels.
Jonathan Saunders AW12
Matthew Williamson AW12
Other names like Mulberry, Matthew Williamson and Christopher Kane went for all over colour outfits - a far cry from the colour blocking of the season previously. Even Williamson, known for his bold multicoloured pieces decided on settling upon one hue to cover his laced dresses - something we would never have thought of (ok, I got this opinion from a lady I sat next to at Paul Smith - who sound like she knew what she was talking about).
Pringle of Scotland AW12 / Richard Nicoll AW12
Stella McCartney AW12
Topshop Unique AW12
Vivienne Westwood AW12 / Zoe Jordan AW12
Zoe Jordan AW12
Overall, we will be able to stay warm and toasty this winter with rustic oranges and wine reds (from the New York shows in particular, have a look here). Follow the rest of my Fashion Week reviews here.
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