Friday, March 4, 11

Amelia’s Magazine – A/W 2011 Review

A palette of orange, black, camel and gold in fitted silhouettes, as well as slinky beads. My last LFW show took place at Somerset House’s BFC Tent on Tuesday.

My last show was to be Amanda Wakeley’s. For this I was joined by the excellent Jess Furseth (who wrote this great review last week on AW), experiencing her very first show. We got in quickly and took the second row. The celebrities adorned the opposite front row. We found we faced 90s girls; Louise Redknapp and Emma Forbes, then the Aussie Masterchef man – jauntily wearing a scarf -, Jason Gardiner and Tracy Emin. Also Alexandra Shulman and Kelly Hoppen. Most beautifully fresh from their now awaiting cars, they wore heels I lusted for, but would have had me destroyed by day one. Petite and animated Louise is just lovely, I mean – she is. The BFC tent was rammed by the time the show began, and I was excited to see Wakeley’s creations. I remember Diana wearing her dresses. My mother, like many others, was intrigued by the Princess. Her own life mirroring Diana’s in terms of age, marriage, children, but obviously – not remotely Royal.

The A/W pieces strutted before us. Wakeley used a pallette of black, camel, orange and gold for her collection. This looked luxurious, warm and feasibly wearable, and yet still very slick and sophisticated. Whilst I wasn’t a fan of the fur, the beaded dresses and antique sequins were utterly gorgeous. The orange and gold, full length sequinned dress was a pure sashaying dress and a highlight for me. Together with the golden cuff, it was modern, subtle and the right amount of serious. The bright colours adding the spice to a slinky shape.

The dominating look was the over the knee, fitted silhouette. Thick, wool dresses were belted and worn with Camilla Skovgaard heels, giving a powerful image. Whilst the a-line skirts and high necked mini dresses were girlier and more exciting. The coats featured were either relatively ballooning or high collared and mysterious. The latter saying drama, the former; creative business woman on a brunch. They were suitably fresh and wintery. The pieces and in particular, the dresses, clearly flatter the female shape, and are just the right amount of exciting if you would like to be fashion forward, yet relatively safe in your forward motion. My favourite details were the cuffs piled up the arm, the orange gentle pow! of colour and the knotted, leather belts.

- By Helen Martin

Illustrations: Gemma Milly & Mina Bach