Dorothy Perkins press day – All about brights!

Forget colour clashing – Autumn/Winter at Dorothy Perkins is all about colour blocking! Bright’s of every shade imaginable will be available in a range of styles that pay tribute to many different eras. From the tangerine orange to Mustard yellow via Pillar box red, from 1960s style tuxedos to dalmatian print faux furs, there is a style to suit everyone in the new collection.

The mismatch of eras and colours is great news. Sometimes the colour deigned to be ‘so this season’ just doesn’t suit you. Dorothy Perkins are ensuring there is something to suit everyone. As well as the aforementioned colours, there were fabulous outfits in white, pinks,  greens and blues. Styles were equally eclectic. There were 1920s Art Deco inspired pieces, a wide range of floaty wide leg catsuits that could’ve been from the 1930s or the 1970s. An all white outfit could’ve come from a shop on Carnaby Street circa 1967.  Pleats were on everything, from maxi dresses and wide leg trousers, to skirts of every length. Leather was also a big story.

The range of accessories were totally fabulous, with cute clutch bags and pretty polka-dotted and floral printed heels a standout.

I really loved the coral party dress pictured below. This is a fabulous princess piece that would look great with some gold skyscraper heels for any evening occasion.

Wallis A/W 2011 Collection-1970s daywear – decadent evening wear.

The Wallis collections unveiled at the Arcadia Autumn/Winter press day last week were a fashion range of two halves. There were beautiful bright pieces of daywear inspired by the 1970s style icon Ali McGraw in shades of teal,magenta and orange. But evening wear was a gothic tale of black lace, leather and chiffon in clear tribute to Alexander McQueen. Both collections were instantly covetable.

The 1970s colour pallete is plundered  for the ‘Babbington House’ collection. This is a fabulous homage to Ali McGraw  in Love Story with lots of layering and wools and chiffon worn together with chunky heeled shoes and accents of fur. Colour clashing is still a  big story, as is the use of camel as a base colour. Pussy cat bow blouses and tea dresses make this ultra feminine, but there are also more masculine elements in the flared cords, wide leg trousers and culottes. The fabulous berry fur jacket pictured above is a hero piece that could be worn over an evening gown, or teamed with jeans for a more casual look.

For evenings Wallis are treating us to ‘Gorgeous Gothic’ a homage to the genius of Alexander McQueen. Sheer black fabrics with sequins, feathers and heavy beading are prevalent in this collection, with Daphne Guinness -esque fur coats providing the winter warmth.  This is a luxurious decadent collection that screams high-octane dangerous glamour. I loved the leather top with the fur sleeves, and also the addition of the naughty Victorian style knee-high boots.

I loved the whole Wallis collection with its nod towards grown-up glamour and vintage styling.  The use of black means that this is full of timeless, investment pieces that will enhance your wardrobe.

Nicole Murray – now view the collection.

I recently wrote about Fashion’s bright new hope Nicole Murray, a designer who I believe is one to watch. Today I am very pleased to be able to share Nicole’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection. Full of Autumnal shades of heather, amethyst and rosewood, combined with rich earthy tones of bronze, this stylish and sophisticated collection illustrates perfectly why Nicole is a rising star on the British fashion scene.

From the slinky backless evening dress, to the retro pencil skirts and skinny fit tops, this is a collection that salutes the Halston style glamour of the 1970s. The use of lame for trenchcoats and sexy secretary skirts is a key to the effortless elegance of the overall look. I would love to see Kiera Knightley wearing that aubergine backless dress in the softest silk jersey, whilst the  wool lame trenchcoat in shimmering amethyst would be perfect for Emma Watson.

My personal favourite is the amethyst georgette gown with the leather collar. That leather collar just adds a touch of contemporary edge to a classic gown.

All designs available soon from watch-that-label.com.