London Fashion Week A/W ’12 Guest Blog: The Last Day

It’s our last post straight from the front rows of London Fashion Week from our fabulous guest blogger Tala Samman of Myfashdiary.com. We have loved having her on Gilt StyleFile!

Last day of LFW is always bittersweet… Early morning start at the topshop venue (a favorite this season!) Fighting the traffic… I got there in time for a banana muffin and latte. Mary Katrantzou’s show was one I was very much looking forward to – as a fan of her previous collections, I was looking forward to seeing this one and wondered what prints she would be coming out with – crayola inspired? The invitation had a picture of crayola crayons… This collection included key trends such as structured silhouettes and prints (both are Katrantzou’s signature) as well as sequins, embellishments and peplums – with a palette that started off with pastels and ended with brights of reds and blues. For this collection, Mary was the first london based designer to work with French atelier, Lesage, I especially loved the swarovski crystals on the dresses!

I was completely obsessed with Holly Fulton’s S/S’12 collection and was very much looking forward to this NEWGEN designer’s collection… According to a fellow blogger, we were told that this collection was a little different to her previous. We still saw Holly’s signature deco prints with a palette that started with neon fluo pink and moved up to bright turquoise and teal (a key trend this season!) A collection definitely up my street…

The day ended with Australian designer, Dion Lee! Dion Lee usually show in Australia, and were showing in London this season which was very exciting. I have been a huge fan of the brand ever since I came across it a few years ago. The A/W’12 presentation was styled by one of my favorite stylists, Christine Centenera. The collection included sheers, cutouts, perfect fitted blazers and a super cool metallic material with a palette of black, white, red and silver. The presentation also featured a short movie in collaboration with HP.

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London Fashion Week A/W ’12 Guest Blog: Day Four

Another post straight from the front rows of London Fashion Week from our fabulous guest blogger Tala Samman of Myfashdiary.com.

Day Four of London Fashion Week – I was really looking forward to this day… lots of great designers as well as Burberry.

The day started off with morning Monday traffic to Peter Pilotto – which was at the Topshop Venue (great venue!) spacious, and they had coffee and breakfast ready for all the attendees, which made the morning that little bit better. This season, Peter stuck to his signature prints but with stronger, darker colors with fluos. Color palette of Navy’s and metallics with sequins and colored fur – other key trend for A/W’12! It was freezing outside… all I needed was a Peter Pilotto A/W’12 puffa jacket!

2nd stop, Antonio Berardi – I can always count on Berardi for the perfect structured dresses that also look super flattering. The venue was just beautiful, with a fairytale staircase where models walked down on. The A/W’12 still kept to Berardi’s structured pieces such as dresses and blazers, but included a palette of black, teal and nudes. The dresses. This season, Berardi introduced new shapes to his collection such as the full skirt – all I can say is… This man knows how to make a dress.

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London Fashion Week A/W ’12 Guest Blog: Day Three

Another post straight from the front rows of London Fashion Week from our fabulous guest blogger Tala Samman of Myfashdiary.com.

Day three of London Fashion week! Due to being swamped with work ever since arriving to London on the day of LFW… I ended up only making one show – Marios Schwab! A huge fan of Marios’s work… a young designer but one that has really built a great name for himself here in London, and in the US with his Halston collections. His second season, after leaving Halston mainline, and this would have to be one of my favorite collections from Schwab.

A magical show – everything from the clothes, the ambiance, to the sound track was perfect. The collection featured hats (a key trend for Fall/Winter 2012), lace, creams, as well as lace, mesh and leather inserts. A key trend as seen in other collections are slits – they are everywhere from dresses, skirts to pants. The Color palette included Mint green and burgundy and I especially loved all the embellishments and crystals. This show was definitely one of my favorites for London Fashion Week Fall/Winter ’12.

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London Fashion Week A/W ’12 Guest Blog: Day Two

Another post straight from the front rows of London Fashion Week from our fabulous guest blogger Tala Samman of Myfashdiary.com.

Day Two of London Fashion Week! Due to London’s traffic on a Saturday, I ended up missing Aquascutum and started my first show of the day at Moschino Cheap & Chic — One of the highlights for this season as Moschino Cheap & Chic was showing at London
fashion week for the first time… Coming into the show, I expected to see colors, prints, and lots of fun pieces and that is exactly what their Fall Winter collection consisted of… The collection was all about powder puff details, chunky details, rainbow fur, and cute statement slogans!The color palette consisted of powder shades with a touch of brights. In a whole, a super fun and quirky collection.

Todd Lynn was all about simplicity and minimalism – a little different to what we have been seeing on the runway over the past two days. The collection included key trends such as structured jackets, suiting and well-cut leather. This season featured exquisite long lapels, and cutouts with a color palette that included darks including olives, and metals with a touch of colored fur. The models had simple looks too, with slicked back low ponytails. Loved the Todd Lynn for Louboutin boots!

Temperley, a very British brand is always one I love attending, the venue is always just as spectacular as the show, and the collection is always so dreamy… With a palette of gold, creams and whites, the collection included prints, sequins, belted coats, leather patches, lace, embellishments and lots of silk. The models topped off their looks with a loose bun or fur hat. Yet another winning collection from Alice Temperley!

You can always count on Issa for some bold prints and bright colors, even if it is the fall/winter collection and this show was just like a thought… a print frenzy! This show noted it was a Trans-Siberian journey from Moscow and Beijing. Daniella Issa created her signature pieces such as the Issa maxis and Issa print dresses and added a new touch of tassels to the collection. The collection included print caftans, structured coats, and bright stockings.Models sported fur hats and print bandanas, which seems to be key trends for Fall 2012!

Ended the day at the Temperley X Filofax after party – Good night!

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