Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Editor @ Large . . . Amanda Wakeley

Well it seems that they really do save the best till last. The final day of fashion week has really so far put the other days in the shade.
Wakeley hit every trend going but did so in a way the totally defies edge. While each piece seemed 'of the moment' it also was a collection of totally timeless classic items.
The collection started with layered jackets, capes and tailored pencil skirts in a host of grey tones. Rich wools draped into asymmetric jackets with exposed zips and oversized pockets.
Lapels and collars were all oversized and hung loose. While zips remained exposed. Wool soon became leather and chocolate leather shifts, jackets and skirts all trotted down the runway. Seam details created structure as well as side zips on skirt that made harsh leather, cheeky and flirtatious. 
Coats sported contrast piping (as seen at several shows) and is set to be the thing for AW10.
Another common thread this week has been fur and Amanda followed suit with gorgeous black mini capes,gilets, skirts and cropped jumpers. Paired with thick wooly tights it was a very yummy winter look.
The second phase of the collection was all about jersey draping and Wakeley has by far been the most impressive this week. There were layered basics (like polo necks, cardigans and mini jersey skirts; as well as amazingly ruched dresses, that had the most divine fabric manipulation. Several panels created artful drapes that were outlined by piping details ensuring they really stood out. Floor length grecians (with rope belts) and thigh skimming party pieces are key wardobe staples. 
Aside from piping, velvet ribbon was used along trouser and skirt seams and added texture to the looks. Navy, gun-metal, monochrome, silver and blush pink all appeared in the collection, presenting a lovely muted palette. The final phase of the show was all high party dress and there were plenty of asymmetric sequined pieces and cut away, angular necklines that reminded me of Jasper Conran's pieces earlier in the week.
A gorgeous collection of investment pieces. Start your shopping lists now.

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