Catwalk Review: Aquascutum A/W 2011/12

17/03/2011 19:13 | Updated 22 May 2015

Flashes of cobalt and tangerine brought heritage brand Aquascutum into 2011 at London Fashion Week. Photo: PA

DESIGNER: This was the inaugaral collection from Joanna Sykes for heritage brand Aquascutum.

INSPIRATION: Entitled English Icons, patent leather, neoprene, shearling and tweeds were married, patched and layered together for a outdoorsy wardrobe that was terribly 2011.

TOP LOOKS: Outerwear was (unsurprisingly) the star of the show; trenchcoats were reimagined in new exaggerated proportioned and colour-blocked, with a collage of unexpected and imaginative fabrics. Classic peacoats and field jackets were given a similar treatment, resulting a modern, architectural mood. Languid, easy silk dresses flowed down the runway for a helping of effortless glamour.

ACCESSORIES: Debuting this season, colour-blocked, pared-down clutches made a chic addition to the Aquascutum girls' wardrobe.

WHO WAS THERE: Samantha Cameron (in leather!), Harold Tillman, Alexandra Schulman and Louise Redknapp.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: Sykes did not ignore Aquascutum's heritage for her debut collection - but she certainly didn't let it tie her down. Instead, technical virtuousity and experimentation prevailed, with collage constructions and thoroughly modern fabrics allowing Skyes to create a collection had a fresh, clean aesthetic.

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