Tuesday 19 October 2010

LFW Diary SS11 Highlights: Somerset House Exhibition

During LFW I love nothing more than having a root around the exhibition space in Somerset House to discover new and exciting designers, with this season being no exception. The first great designer I stumbled upon is Ioannis Dimitrousis whose first foray into womenswear (after previously producing several collections of menswear since graduating from LCF in 2005) is exceptional, utilising knitting techniques to create modern, sculptural and highly sophisticated dresses.
In the Haynes PR room I found Cecilia Mary Robson, whose garments I was drawn to instantly due to the beautiful silks and dressing-up-box colours. Another new designer on my SS11 wish list!
A brand I love more and more each season is Eudon Choi for their pared down colour palettes, clean lines and superior cutting skills and high-quality fabrics. I love the exhibitions and press days more than the shows (in some respects) as you always get to really examine the pieces up close and also meet the talent behind the brands. Check out one of the designers, the lovely Kate who sweetly held pieces up for me to snap in the pic below, right. My favourite garment from SS11 would have to be the black and beige wrap-round mini skirt a few pics down.
Is always good to gush and I absolutely ADORE these Camilla Skovgaard shoes in collaboration with Eudon Choi.
A firm favourite of mine is Georgia Hardinge who simply never fails to disappoint. I adore the variety of textures in her SS11 collection and absolutely love the ruffling and folding techniques, which see her moving away from the intense structure we saw last season, still experimenting with the form, creating an amazing silhouette. I've simply got to get myself the yellow dress, although might be a bit short on me...
Each season I'm always curious to see what J Smith Esquire will do and this season he has introduced the Mr Smith collection which features a variety of leather hats slashed with such precision that they come flat packed and look impeccable, which is rare for an - albeit high end - baseball cap.
Also in the Haynes PR room I found a couple of garments by Elliot Atkinson that I loved. Check out the beautiful grey and pink floral platforms below and also a black lace shirt complete with metallic points on the collar. Very Dallas!
Yet more beautiful shoes from the footwear legend, Nicholas Kirkwood.
With a soft spot for milliner Piers Atkinson's outlandish headwear I am always super-excited to see what he comes up with next and this time round I loved the 'Hollywood' look and really appreciated the sophisticated turn the collection has taken, making it a little less kitsch, but just as eye-catching.
I didn't think much of the manners, but I rather liked the wares on display from leather label, Rae Jones - especially the shoes which came in a variety of different colourways.


  1. love your blog, and your style, and incidentally i'm quite fond of the garments by Cecelia Mary Robson too :) x

  2. Hey, loving the mutual appreciation and our shared taste in fashion!