London Fashion Week SS12 Catwalk Review

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Fiona McLean

lfw-logo-2011It was a funny old Fashion Week. While the trends were out on parade in the courtyard of Somerset House (where visitors, celebs and guests come out to play) the designers were all about doing their own thing.

Perhaps fast fashion is getting on their nerves, or maybe this generation of design talent is steadfast in ignoring the foibles of the trend-focused; establishing personal stories and individual styles instead. Whatever the case, the pleats and colour pop, sky high wedges and vintage tea dresses were firmly off the runway as each designer put their heart and soul into their SS12 collection.

Holly Fulton went all-out 60s and 70s-inspired glam with graphic prints, checks, cheeky playsuits, square embellishments, eye-watering colour and the boldest, craziest flares I think I’ve ever seen.

Amanda Wakeley mixed draping and kaftans with a touch of print and a hint of colour for an all-ages silhouette. Orange, blue and yellow were signature colours, creating an ultra-feminine impact that had more than a hint of the 70s.

David Koma showed lots and lots of white, but his dresses still bore the trademark Koma futurism, with flashes of neon and hints of bondage.

Meadham Kirchhoff’s models looked like nightmarish versions of Courtney Love (if you can imagine such a thing) with their babydoll dresses and pastel-daubed wigs. There were frills, love hearts, an overdose of pink and an overall effect that reminded me of raiding my mums’ wardrobe and wearing all her clothes at once. Playful and childlike, it didn’t stick to any of the rules.

Matthew Williamson went in-deep with his colour palette, showing a glamorous, signature selection of feminine cuts, electric blues, printed shirt dresses, colour block jumpsuits, sheer blouses and long line trousers. This collection was a little less boho than we’re used to, but I was reminded once again why Williamson is my favourite designer; his clothes translate straight into the real world without dampening the imagination.

And Christopher Kane had onlookers in tears (according to when he put a new spin on leather-look dresses (shifts in pale colours), matched brocade miniskirts with mod-style shirts and made the unlikely pairing of cricket jumper and floral skirt look heavenly.

With so many disparate looks on the catwalk, it feels impossible to talk about SS12 trends – and so it should. Perhaps next year, we’ll focus on creating our own unique look with a mix of trends and a range of labels. I’m in!


Inspired by Holly Fulton


Shop the Look: Wallis petite geometric dress £30, Topshop geometric spot chiffon sleeve tee £26,  Topshop beaten square and yellow studs £8.50, Emilio Pucci printed silk scarf £98, Red or Dead chequer board printed shopper £15.


Inspired by Matthew Williamson


Shop the Look: Matthew Williamson embellished silk-georgette maxi kaftan £358, Love jumpsuit £30, Ted Baker ABIA sequin front cardigan £109, Dorothy Perkins platform loafers £42, Love Moschino mock croc heart clutch £192.


Inspired by Amanda Wakeley


Shop the Look: Amanda Wakeley panelled jersey dress £550, Topshop mink draped tux jacket £85, Dorothy Perkins plait handle tote bag £29, All Saints angelette kaftan £44, Kurt Geiger Women’s Gen Sandals £195.

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