OpeningFashionising‘s High Fashion, High Tea, Gwendolynne‘s collection – there’s no other way to put it – was enchanting. Neutral hued silks were highly embellished with silver lace, pearls and beading and were capped off by headwear from Richard Nylon (Gwendolynne’s frequent design partner in crime).
Nicola Finetti stayed true to form with short hemlines and untraditional forms. A master of carefully crated simplicity, Finetti this time stuck to a classic palatte of block black and soft caramel.
St Augustine Academy showed a clash of opposing 50’s influences from the biker black and white plaid to the ruffled or white lace shift dresses. With a mix of both sweet and tough, I liked the sheer organza overlay on top of a black silk mini.
Hussy is doing their take on the warrior goddess theme this summer. Their collection featured bronze studs, colours taken from a desert landscape and some intricate cut out boleros that seemed a little bit Xena.
Those ubiquitous drop-crotch pants appeared for guys in Subfusco‘s collection. The label has crafted a range of not so basic basics, with simple black shirts buttoned up to be completely off-kilter and feature fabrics either with repeated cut-outs or a perma-crinkled finish.
Cyan Reign touted individualism with their collection. The label marched to its own drumbeat; begining with a mottled, hand-painted gown with a distressed edge (that the model eventually stripped out of) into the finale technicolor, lace-backed dress.
Antonia Paris was as feminine as ever. My favourite piece was a sweet, white mini-dress featuring cap sleeves and metallic wave detailing at the neckline to add a little something special.
I’m into the idea of wearing long statement necklaces backwards at the moment as styled in the Joolz portion of High Fashion, High Tea. The jewellery label showed off playing-card butterflies at the wrist (the gambling theme would be adorable at the races), vibrant, juicy-hued square beading and toy figurine horses (also suited for offbeat Spring Races accessorising) galloping around the neck.
im’s lingerie was a typically sexy way to cap off the afternoon. Featuring invisible, peek-a-boo panels and a whole lot of white lace, the collection was styled in a cheeky showgirl style. I couldn’t get enough of the suspenders, garters and huge feather headpieces.
So with a few of my favourite things on an afternoon – scones with jam and cream, designer inspired cocktails, the opulence of Silk Road – is it any wonder I can’t wait for next year?
Pretty prose by Sarah Willcocks
Happy snaps by Vicky U