Burberry Prorsum AW12
Britmania is back! Following on from a year of patriotism at sky high levels, and British brilliance ranging from a spectacular royal wedding to period drama phenomenon Downton Abbey, it is hardly surprising that we're showing off our original manufacturing talents and proving we can make one of our oldest, truest fashion talents alive: Tweed. In 2010 this was purely used for posh people to go hunting, and in 2011 posh people became cool (thanks Kate, Pippa, the Downton Abbey lot and the Made in Chelsea crew) so we all started wearing it. Britain owns twill/tweed - Scotland and Yorkshire in particular.
Erdem AW12 / Jonathan Saunders AW12
Jonathan Saunders AW12 / Paul Smith AW12
I suppose this look isn't a massive surprise given the androgynous theme that have been building up season by season (twill was traditionally used for racing and hunting jackets for men). Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, who are reknown for recreating British equestrian-type style had similar themes in their shows in New York, but given our heritage with the fabric it is no surprise that it was in London that the look really stood out. NYC may have the talent but it doesn't have our Yorkshire or Welsh wool! It will be interesting to see if the other equestrian/sport based houses in Paris (Louis Vuitton) and Milan (Prada) will do the same...
Paul Smith AW12 / Aquascutum AW12
Burberry Prorsum AW12 / Zoe Jordan AW12
McQ by McQueen AW12 / Antoni and Alison AW12
Grey was the most prominent, and most went for the speckled-style colour effect (some even went bigger with their tartan and dogtooth prints) - I loved the traditionally English collections from the 'proper' Brit crew - Paul Smith and Aquascutum's talents really took hold but it was great to see emerging names using the same idea. As I said before, this look often sits with the military and masculine themes, and AW12 was no exception with lots of tailoring (jacket were where the fabric was most used), belts, buckles, black and little hints like farmer's caps and military jewels.
PPQ AW12 / Daks AW12
Jasper Conran AW12 / Paul Smith AW12
PPQ AW12 / Erdem AW12
I really think the overall idea of AW12 womenswear was to embody a successful, powerful woman - so a fabric traditionally worn by the wealthy, important, dominant, land owning Britons seems rather fitting. I love it!
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