Gucci (all images from Style.com)
It was back to the 70's with a bit of Noughties thrown in for this glamorous, lady like collection from Gucci. Using Angelica Huston and Florence Welch as inspiration, we loved the prim shapes and sumptuous colour combinations. But it was the eclectic mixing of fur, velvet, feathers, python and evening wear fabrics that made this collection uber luxe, yet still wearable.
Go right now and look for that old fox fur thats lurking somewhere in the attic!
We are feeling for the return of neutrals in a big way, but worry about looking drab and dowdy (no-one over the age of 35 wants to look like boring beige woman, lets face it!) but the Fendi collection combined tonal neutrals with hints of colour in easy to wear shapes.
Designed by Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi , they said the collection was inspired by 'a buttoned-up-to-the-neck art teacher who was still wild enough to wipe her paintbrushes in her hair and unleash the animal within'.
Fabulous, and I love a coloured tight!
As well as neutrals, super bright colours are just not going away – we are glad to say. Jil Sander led the way in Spring Summer with their already much copied electric palette of amazing brights, and for Autumn Winter, designer Raf Simons looked to the the 50's photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe's images of couture in ski resorts (remember this book?) for inspiration.
The Jil Sander collection was my personal favourite, with its play on volume and proportion and clean lines, and feel it may mark the return of *whispers it* – ski pants!
Usually our ultimate favourite collection, Marni felt like it may have gone a little bit too 'nan chic' this season. But we still loved it – and it doesn't matter anyway as we can only afford to buy the previous seasons range at Biscester Village!
Finally the fabulous Miuccia Prada presented a collection intended to 'Take the clichés of worldly female glamour—sequins, snakeskin, fur, the color pink—and make them innocent again'. Using oversize sequins, python, Mondrian inspired colour blocking and of course fur, in 60's inspired shapes, this collection combined Pradas trademark eccentricity with some surprising wearable pieces.