Catwalk Review: Emilio De La Morena Spring/Summer 2012

18/09/2011 11:04 | Updated 22 May 2015

DESIGNER: Emilio De La Morena

IN A NUTSHELL: Optimistic and sunny, the Spanish designer delivered a Spring/Summer 2012 collection brimming with girlish charm and innocence. Everything looked like it had been cut up into pieces and then sewn up again to create an almost sculpted effect with flirty cut-outs and sheer panels.

BEG, BORROW OR STEAL: The flippy skater-style dresses would make the most fabulous summer party frocks - we loved strapless version in a mesmerising azure. De La Morena's instinctive use of colour was clear throughout in fact, and for day we loved the canary collar pique sweater and lilac organza skirt over. It shouldn't have worked but it really did.

F-ROW: Laura Bailey, and a gaggle of bleary-eye US editors who has just stepped off the plane for New York Fashion Week.

VERDICT: This is Emilio De La Morena's fifth season on-schedule at London Fashion Week, and he has quietly and steadily built his reputation for body-skimming statement dresses. This season things were less sultry, but no less sexy - and provided a sophisticated shot of colour that has so far been missing from much of LFW. And if you don't believe us that pale lilac and bright yellow are perfect bedfellows - we promise that by next March you will...

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