21/09/2010 18:23 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Catwalk Review: Amanda Wakeley

Amanda Wakeley s/s 2011 PA

INSPIRATION: The shapes of this collection were reminiscent of loose fitting 1980s style suits fiercely tied at the waist, while the beaded embellishment on the dresses took on a tribal theme.

TOP LOOKS: Grecian style dresses in white, cappuccino and chocolate shades of brown, a midnight blue bandage dress, skirts with draping on the hip, billowing harem trousers teamed with cotton vests, a silk jumpsuit in coral red and a ruffled, floor length gown with a panel of gold beading running down the centre.

ACCESSORIES: Gold breast plates and matching cuffs by Maria Francesca Pepe, metallic ankle boots by Camilla Skovgaard for Amanda Wakeley, and lots of chunky, leather belts strapped around the floaty fabrics. Sheer, gold, beaded capes were draped around the neck and over the shoulders.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: The brown and grey colour palette was clean and refreshing, but the silk pieces were really brought to life when indigo and coral were incorporated later in the show. While the clothes appeared elegant and graceful on the catwalk, it was the accessories that were the real show stoppers this season. The multiple strapped belts in thick black and brown leather added a tough edge, and the tribal inspired beading acted as a form of armoury, bringing structure and shape to the clothes.