Even though NYFW just ended, across the pond, London is showcasing their latest homegrown talent. As an unabashed Anglophile and fan of foreign fashion, I’m obsessing this week over London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011. Four days into LFW AW2011, there have been three designers whose collections have stood out: Paul Costelloe, Kinder Aggugini and Maria Grachvogel.
There wasn’t much about Paul Costelloe‘s collection that I didn’t like. In fact, four days into LFW AW2011, his collection has been my favorite so far. Designing for women that are “slim, trim and intelligent” and featuring inspiration from “Irish tweed, color and Boulevard Saint-Honoré in the late sixties,” Costelloe’s runway offering was full of coats, jackets, mini-skirts and dresses in brightly colored tweeds (with incredible collars), metalic florals and plaids. Models complemented their clothing by wearing square-heeled pumps with black or burgundy tights and bright rose-colored hair that Cleopatra would have lusted over. Fun bonus fact: Costelloe’s daughter, Jessica opened the show.
Kinder Aggugini’s LFW AW2011 collection was also a stand out for me because of his use of black and white (with splashes of color thrown in) and his use of high ponytails and top hats (no joke!). Well tailored, cropped jackets, trousers, capri pants, block coats with cutouts and beautifully draped dresses (both knee-length and floor length with slits way up the leg) comprised his collection, all of which could have easily gone from day-to evening with minimal (if any) effort. Kinder Aggugini‘s design signatures are “Coco Chanel marries Sid Vicious” and his runway pieces for Autumn/Winter exemplify that pairing better than anything he’s presented before.
Animal prints have never really been high on my list of fashion must-haves, but I would quite happily wear an animal print if Maria Grachvogel designed it. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, Maria Grachvogel’s LFW AW2011 collection featured impressions of ravens, hawks, tigers and panthers were carefully draped to perfection in the form of skirts, dresses and trousers. The dreamy prints were accented by solid dresses in tangerine, black. taupe and army green, as well as lace shirts and dresses. You know what a fan I am of draping and Grachvogel is at the top of her game in this collection. It’s not just the dresses that are drool-worthy, it’s the trousers that really seal the deal. Take a look at them and tell me that you don’t see yourself walking down the street in them (or finding some kind of event that you MUST wear them to). They are designed and built to caress your body in every way possible, and that’s not something that I would typically associate with trousers. One look at this collection and it’s easy to see why Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Rachel Weisz are among Grachvogel’s fans.
Enjoy the rest of London Fashion Week! Until next week (and my next obsession)!
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