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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