The Mailbox is Birmingham’s most exclusive shopping destination, with Harvey Nichols being arguably its crowning glory. The 1st and 2nd March saw the Harvey Nichols Spring/Summer fashion show, bringing all the glamour of New York, Milan, Paris and London to the second city. Fashion-Mommy took a front row seat to take a peak at the Harvey Nichols take on the key season trends. I was seriously impressed with the styling, staging and atmosphere of the show.
The show featured the pick of the new season in both menswear and womenswear. This was then organised neatly into key trends. The show started with ’70s Glamour’, with models wearing a whole range of looks that evoked the headiness of Marrakesh in the days of Talitha Getty and Mick Jagger. Kaftans by Tory Birch shared space with 1970s style denim. Pick od this collection was a bright See by Chloe shirt, worn with hippy wide leg style jeans by Current Elliot. This look was totally wearable for every day, perfect for lazy Summer’s days!
The next collection of womenswear was aptly titled Liquorice Allsorts for its fun take on brights. These were dresses that embraced cocktail style, with body skimming silk and jersey fabrics. These were real glamorous pieces, that still had that element of 70s Studio 54 styling. The blue Diane Von Furstenberg dress was a sexy nod to Kate Middleton, whilst the red halter neck from Paul Smith Black Label was a real vamp look, My favourite dress was a long-sleeved, purple Gucci dress which proved that a more covered up look could look devastatingly sexy.
The Bare Necessities celebrated Riviera chic beachwear. A beautiful Taj Kaftan in white and silver caught my eye, whilst a blue juicy couture swimsuit bought Betty Paige to mind. Animal prints were also featured, showing that this is now a serious wardrobe staple. This animal print however, in the form of a Diane Von Furstenberg chiffon maxi dress, was a much softer and floatier version of the form.
Desert Queen showed the Out of Africa is not the only way to do Safari style. The Burberry Brit trenchcoat had a definite utility feel, and when worn with J Brand jeans and a Markus Lupfer jumper, this becomes a look you could just live in because it screams comfortable and wearable style. The Burberry Brit tank top and combats showed that this is the season where anything goes in terms of colour, with these more muted tones contrasting against the brights of Liquorice Allsorts.
Florals are also huge news this season, in a range of forms. From large bouquets bursting from the fabrics, to faded watered prints, flowers are a big style story. The Harvey Nichols showcase had all forms of prints, from the firework bright burst of the amazing Robert Cavalli maxi dress, to the tomboyish feel of the Paul and Joe sister draped top, worn with Paula and Joe Sister shorts. I loved the vintage style print of the American Retro maxi skirt, perfect with toe post sandals and a simple vest all summer long.
The womenswear ended with Clinical Elegance. This was a collection of minimalist outfits in neutral shades that were simply perfect. From the Grecian styling of the Roberto Cavalli dress, to the Kate Moss at a wedding style Dolce and Gabbana trousers and Jacket, and ending with the silver magnificence of a Dolce and Gabbana mini dress, this was a collection that would work in any season, beautiful and simple – style without the frills.
Every look on display was flawless, and special attention must also be paid to the beautiful make-up by MAC, who designed a palate that created a statement whilst still maintaining a natural look. The fabulous hairstyles, created bt celebrity stylist Royston Blythe were also high on glamour, with big 1970s hair made up of crimped tresses on the agenda. This was statement hair that amazingly looked great with every look. I spoke to Kevin Breese, the manager of Harvey Nichols, after the show and he told me that the models absolutely loved the hair styling and were really excited about it. I can totally see why – Royston Blythe had worked boho magic with the styles.
Menswear was also on the agenda on the catwalk. From the country boy PRPS denim shorts and checked Nudie shirts as part of the Trailer Trash trend, to the retro 1970s Adidas look of the Dolce and Gabbana track suit top and bottoms, this was a look that offered comfort as well as style. I absolutely loved the vintage style elegance of the D&G velvet jacket, which had a lounge lizard style to it. Night Crawlers showed that shine and glitter is not just for women by showing such features in masculine styling.
A totally fantastic night of style in spades, atmosphere and champagne. Well done to all involved!