This week has been absolutely fashion/style manic here in London – London Fashion Week, The Baftas and Elle Style Awards. And on top of that the fantastic photography exhibition, Irving Penn Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.
London has yet again proved to be one of the most important players in the world of fashion. Talented designers such as Christopher Kane, Erdem, Christopher Bailey from Burberry and Peter Pilotto certainly proved their importance.
Over the past few seasons, Peter Pilotto and his partner, Christopher De Vos, have become known for digitally printing, cutting, and draping a steady series of subtly patterned dresses engineered so flatteringly to so many women’s physiques that retailers just can’t keep them in stock, and there’s only one problem with the jackets from Burberry Prorsum’s aw10 collection – which one to choose? The outerwear was available to pre-order during the show on the Burberry site, and every hybrid thereof, in all their variations of volume, shape, shagginess, and leather strap and buckle detail – was absolutely desirable. Bailey nailed it from the point of view of proportion—oversize and cropped—and practicality!
I have yet to become a fan of Christopher Kane’s collections however I must admit he always captures tomorrow’s trends. As Style.com’s Sarah Mower put it, “Fashion needs brains like his to move things on.” This season, it was black leather embroidered with flowers patterned after parochial Women’s Institute craftwork that did the queasy job.
Erdem’s success consistency won him a British Designer of the Year award at the Elle Style Award – well deserved in my opinion, as I’ve loved his designs since I became acquainted with him during my bachelor studying years.
Other winners worth mentioning was Christopher Bailey (International Designer), Alexa Chung (Editor’s Choice), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (Elle Style Icons 2010) and the Accessories Designer of the Year award went to our very own and extremely talented Camilla Skovgaard.
Camilla Skowgaard sandals