Sunday may be a day of rest, but not during London Fashion Week. Our fashion assistant, Morag Paterson, was up at the crack of dawn to bring you all the behind-the-scenes info from Day 3 of LFW. Read her blog below.
12pm - On the way to Jasper Conran
Set it in the beautiful Ballroom at Claridges, Mulberry's autumn/winter collection was a contrast between "decadent glamour and countryside attire: posh, relaxed and a little bit naughty!"
Inspired by Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox and the country landscape, the collection featured an autumnal colour pallette of khaki, brown, gold, bronze, lilac and emerald green. Outerwear was given a unique twist: the classic duffel was reworked in leather, the trench was embellished with large gold buttons, tweed got a colourful winter raspberry injection and leather pockets adorned classic tailoring. Long chunky checked scarfs were styled with long silk dresses and silhouettes ranged from sleek and simple to short and volumised. Sharp cut pleated hems and skirt detailing was key with other looks featuring the metallic 'Peace and Love' silk jacquard weave print.
Spotted: cute litte dogs strutting down the runway in Mulberry coats. Karen Gillan, Fearne Cotton and Nicola Roberts front row.
2pm - Waiting for Nicole Farhi to start
Next up was Antonio Berardi in the stunning setting of Drapers Hall, where The King's Speech was filmed. A collection of sleek, feminine tailoring with a sassy edge in a neutral colour palette of cream, black and grey. Neon green Manolos were offset against folded layered skirts paired with chunky ribbed polonecks, whilst cream and black geometric panelled dresses dominated. There were a couple of stunning red-carpet-worthy evening dresses in metallic red and green which shimmered down the catwalk. Hints of neon lifted the collection onto a chic, contemporary, more luxurious level. Lace again was a prominent design feature.
Spotted: Olivia Palermo, Yasmin Le Bon and Mary Portas front row.
3.30pm - Topshop Unique
The lights dimmed and the 101 Dalmations soundtrack blared from the speakers. Black and White spotted faux fur descended down the runway in the form of coats, stoles and polka dot pannelled accents. The mood soon changed to the elegant 1930s era in America "drawing on the culture of luxury and status of the industrial age." Wide-leg cropped, printed jumpsuits strode beautifully down the catwalk whilst dog prints(greyhounds, dalmations and whippets) were emblazoned on silk shirts and clutch bags - the dog and car prints were used to reflect the importance of social status during the era. Subtler Holly Fulton-esque prints adorned simple shift dresses and shirts and Katie Grand styled looks with loose-fitting knee high socks or lace tights, berets, and block heel patent shoes reminiscent of Hollywood chorus girls. Looks were finished with statement art deco jewellery.
4.50pm - Heading to the Matthew Williamson show
At Osman, a cream slick tailored coat set the tone for the minimal yet modern collection. Architectural cuts were key: dresses had caped or panelled detailing and simple high neck, clean lined dresses were layered over tailored trousers. Amidst the neutral base colours of black, cream and grey, Osman cleverly used flashes of bright fuscia, turquoise and red to liven it up. Nappa eather and fur was used as a contrast to cashmere and alpaca wool textures.
5.50pm - Mad dash to get to Vivienne Westwood Red Label
Matthew Williamson was a highlight of today. He brilliantly clashed bright pink and red and of course plenty of embellishment was present: fringing, fur and crystals were heavily encrusted on separates either just at the neck and hem line or head to toe. Leather biker quilting in taupe or black wad the base of most of the looks in the form of structured jackets or skin-tight trousers. His signature kaleidoscopic prints and red carpet dresses were still a highlight but personally, the simpler leather looks had the edge.
6.50pm - Post Vivienne Westwood Red Label
As always, the Vivienne Westwood Red Label show was a big highlight of London Fashion Week. This season's theme was inspired from London's Portobello Road and the people who frequent it, "the market stall sellers and vintage collectors, the fruit and veg men with their aprons, the army surplus stalls, the countryside gentry and the kids returning from nights out."
Old-fashioned prints from the archives were called upon to underpin the collection where pinstripe, tartan and argyle prints were prominent. As usual, most separates took on a bold print or volumised structure however a couple of key fine wool off the shoulder knit dresses took a more effortlessly simple approach. Trench coats were reworked with neat pleated puffball shoulders whilst otherwise quirky touches emerged (a must at a Dame Viv show!) - think sequin miniskirts with braces, multi-coloured feather capes, gold face-paint, crowns and a Peter Pan feather hat. The signature Red Label volumised fabric corseted dresses were featured in pink tartan and an elegant bronze.