Amanda Wakeley Spring Summer ’11 show report, as featured on Vogue.com…
“INSTEAD of show notes Amanda Wakeley provided her audience with a fold-up mood board of inspirations – African tribeswomen decked out in beaded and bold jewellery, loose and unstructured tailoring, utility wear and draped fabrications.
And it said as much about what we were expecting to see as a press release would – if not more. On to the catwalk came pearly white gowns accompanied by bold and gold jewellery, a semi-circular disc at the neck and bangles orbiting wrists. We then went into chocolate brown and sandy tones on belted and voluminous trenches – there were big plunging pockets that swagged into place, bunched sleeves and belted silhouettes, which later became braces that held the models upright as they took their turn down the catwalk.
Bandage dresses showed off the figure segued by draped and asymmetric cocktail dresses whose straps darted off over a shoulder before descending back down and round the waist.
“She’s very good at doing day to night. There was lots of jersey draping in desert colours and shiny gold jewellery,” said Vogue fashion director Kate Phelan after the show –which towards the end was given a neon pink injection via a coral jumpsuit and a couple of body-sculpting frocks.
The beaded jewellery depicted on the show mood board played out on the designs as thick metallic strands tracing the lines of the body – from a collar around the neck cascading into skirt oblivion and holding a dress into the shape of a lantern.
“They were womanly gladiators. It was definitely a womanly look and a body-conscious look but it was softened by the drapes,” added Phelan.