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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