London Fashion Week continues as Topshop Unique takes on Studio 54, Henry Holland gets inspired by wallpaper and Jude Law (swoon!) makes a front-row appearance...
Lots of stuff: Louise Gray's spring/summer 2011 collection was an explosion of colours, fabrics and knicknacks, including bottle tops, styrofoam balls and party streamers, which decorated clothing and accessorised hair. It was the kind of fun, vibrant, kookiness (Those little white ankle socks models wore? They were painted on!) that we love to see from London's young talents, and this collection, whose inspirations included artist Jenny Holzer and tribes from Trinidad and Tobago, offered up lots of gorgeous textiles (we love the patchwork dresses and rubber platforms made with Pollini's new designer, Nicholas Kirkwood), perfect for giving your wardrobe a burst of colour - and energy.
Supporting actor: Sienna Miller's fiancé Jude Law had the crowd at the Twenty8Twelve show torn: to gaze longingly at the clothes or the man? Both had masses of appeal, with the spring/summer 2011 outfits inspired by a Joni Mitchell album and featuring the kind of laidback, boho looks (denim shirts, halter dresses, flouncy skirts, rolled-up shorts and flat sandals) to take you on a cross-country roadtrip in style.
Army wives: Betty Jackson looked to 40s-inspired silhouettes for her spring/summer 2011 collection, which featured cinched-in waists, flared smock tops and lots of marabou feathers. Tracey Emin and actresses Miranda Richardson and Jennifer Saunders sat front row.
Glam rock gals: Topshop Unique paid homage to disco days gone by with metallic flares, slit-up-to-the-hip dresses, galaxy-printed capes and jumpsuits and fringing everywhere. The model line-up was similarly starry: Coco Rocha, Jourdan Dunn and Amber Le Bon all rocked out on the catwalk. The hair is our new obsession: two-toned, with coloured streaks of pink and orange, it was crimped to within an inch of its life and looked utterly glam - if not a bit tough to pull off on a day-to-day basis.
Nice 'n' easy: For those who don't want a lot of fuss in their fashions, chic, simple separates courtesy of Osman - like sleeveless trenches, asymmetrical sheaths, and dresses with an additional panel of fabric coming from the waist - made for an easy, breezy spring.
Sorbet summer: Emilio de la Morena's woman is decked in pastel, sherbert colours come spring - from pinks and yellows to butterscotch and mint green. Butter-soft leather mini dresses and sheer chiffon were given the designer's signature treatment with subversive cut-outs and origami-style foldings.
Indochine-meets-Palm Springs: Henry Holland's banana print - covering jackets, trousers, tops and dresses - was inspired by the wallpaper at Indochine restaurant in New York and a trip to Palm Springs that he took with BFF Agyness Deyn (who sat front row next to Lily Allen, Nicola Roberts, Jamie Winstone and VV Brown). His girl is also wearing pleated metallic kilts, star-printed bell bottoms and playsuits, and tons of fringe for a 70s feel.
LFW gets musical: London Fashion Week's collaborated with Sony on a series of albums entitled 'The Collection for London Fashion Week,' and this season, Burberry's Christopher Bailey has picked the tunes, including music from Elton John and David Bowie. Also, if you're in the Somerset House vicinity, you may want to pop round the back to check out some hot new punk bands like Ramona, Labrinth, Edei and others, who will be performing live for the duration of LFW.
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