It always feels a little odd to be thinking about spring and summer clothes when autumn is just setting in. So it was a nice surprise to see a distinctly wintery feel in a number of the Spring/Summer 2012 shows. Many shows featured jewel colours, rich slinky silks, and dark lace that provide inspiration for autumn days.
Here are a few favourites:
1. Haider Ackerman
A less well-known name but after this show, he can’t be a fashion secret much longer. I loved the combinations of jewel-toned feminine silks with masculine styling and structure.
2. Alexander McQueen
Sarah Burton continues to amaze. I don’t think anyone else handles lace in the way that she does, constantly finding new ways to use it – whether it’s a royal wedding dress or a stunningly gothic evening gown.
Christopher Bailey obviously understands that summer in this country still requires jumpers, scarves and perhaps even a bobble hat. The Burberry show was one that very much felt like it could work just as well right now, rustling through the Autumn leaves, as it would on a Spring day next year.
You couldn’t really ignore the Temperley show this year, and not just because of the huge press interest resulting from a certain Middleton sister making an appearance.
The clothes were truly stunning, and the styling was elegant and super glamorous.
The Celine show doesn’t really fit with my wintery theme but I couldn’t possibly leave it out as once again, Phoebe Philo proved she is a master of subtle yet completely desirable clothing. The lack of colour only serves to heighten the skilful and creative tailoring.