Saturday, 23 January 2010

The Standout Pieces of S/S 2010

For S/S 2010 London, Paris, Milan and New York played hosts to designers offering up some of the best collections I have seen in a very long while. Here is my severely condensed list of favourite shows, designers and pieces!

Stella McCartney

This dress I am in love with. One of her strongest collections to date the show ranged from spearates in oatmeal, cobalt blue, white and denim to a breathtaking final section of bouncy floral chiffon numbers, complete with oversized frills and knife pleats. Each and every piece is completely wearable and interchangeable, take the beautiful lace body for example, which was shown with simple beige chinos, but could easily be paired with some fabulous formal trousers or a pencil skirt. Exuding effortless cool and sophistication, this collection is perfect for the girl about town... Notting Hill maybe?


Burberry Prorsum

This season, Christopher Bailey for Burberry was a little bit clever. Instead of throwing a new trend into S/S, Bailey simply reworked a pile of his old classics to produce one of the freshest collections seen in London. Pastels were complemented with ivory and oatmeal and raw silk with aged leather. Traditional trenches were shortened and reborn in metallics; puffed sleeves added. I adore the twist knot detail in this outfit, it gives an up to date modern look to a simple classic silhouette.



Lanvin

As a lifelong Lanvin lover, every year I wait for Alber Elbaz to surpass my expectations. And every year he does! S/S 10 once again proved why Lanvin is The Beautiful Powerhouse of the fashion world. Their trademark structured black dresses were contrasted with yards of softly draped fabric in vibrant jewel colours and candy shades. Some pieces were heavily embellished with bugle beads and gems while others were simply cinched at the waist with black or gold belts. The whole collection is breathtaking, beautiful and exiting and exudes ladylike vintage glamour - I want it all.

Celine

Hyped to the max, Celine is arguably one of the best if not the best show of the season. Classic cuts were a focal point, as was a simple colour palette of camel, white and black. Material too was a standout on its own, namely cotton and leather. Taking a route never tried before, Phoebe Philo experiemented with cropped t shirts in butter-soft leather layered over simple white blouses. These trousers are exquisite in their shape, they lie so well and walk with fluidity and kept to a monochrome theme, this outfit looks completely wearable and classic yet showstopping in its beautiful simplicity.

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